Renaissance Development Blog


What Is The Problem With Spot Tuckpointing?

Feb 7, 2019 8:30:00 AM Christina Wilson

If you are the owner of a brick home, you may be tempted to choose “spot tuckpointing" when you see signs of damage on an otherwise solid wall. Homeowners and contractors alike consider it be an..

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How to Prevent Damage from Ice Dams

Jan 31, 2019 8:30:00 AM Christina Wilson

Winter. There’s no avoiding the harsh weather, with its freeze and thaw patterns. While walkways and steps demand immediate attention, there is also the problem of ice forming on the eaves of our..

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What's the Best Way to Clear Ice and Snow From Brick Walkways?

Jan 24, 2019 8:30:00 AM Christina Wilson

In the season of ice and snow, DC brick walkways and steps become a challenge for homeowners. The problems is that salt or other chemical de-icing products should not be used to remove ice and..

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Are Your Old Windows Drafty in the Winter?

Jan 17, 2019 2:32:35 PM Christina Wilson

As the most visible elements of old homes, windows define the character and curb appeal of the buildings. Moreover, they offer clues to the history and architectural integrity of the house...

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What Are the Benefits of Historic Designation

Jan 10, 2019 8:30:00 AM Christina Wilson

When you purchase on an old brick house in the Washington DC area, you have taken a step into history. Many neighborhoods, particularly those located in Historic Districts, are known for their..

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Look Outside When You See Interior Water Damage

Jan 3, 2019 11:31:23 AM Christina Wilson

The old brick homes in most DC neighborhoods were constructed with relatively soft, porous bricks and limestone mortar. Many of the interiors were covered with lime plaster. Occasionally, during..

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Your Old House Can Live With Smart Technology

Dec 28, 2018 4:39:46 PM Christina Wilson

You are the proud owner of a beautiful old house located in a neighborhood of historic homes. You and your neighbors are careful to preserve their authenticity whenever you make renovations. An..

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What Should I Do to Hang Something on My Brick Wall?

Dec 20, 2018 4:52:44 PM Christina Wilson

The oldest of historic brick homes have solid brick walls of two or more layers called wythes, with plaster covered interior walls. Owners who expose an interior brick wall as part of the..

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What Stories Can You Find in the History of Your Old House?

Dec 13, 2018 3:42:18 PM Christina Wilson

Washington DC is a city known for its rich history. Even if you’re not going to get your house designated as ‘officially’ historic, it might be fun to know about its history. Maybe your home had a..

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Make Sure Your Fireplace is Safe for the Holidays

Dec 7, 2018 3:27:52 PM Christina Wilson

It’s the season for entertaining friends and family with warmth and generosity. Nothing is better than a fire crackling in the fireplace to make everyone feel cozy. Do you know if your fireplace..

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