Renaissance Development Blog


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

Dec 7, 2017 5:21:26 PM 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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Why You Save Money With Traditional Tuckpointing

Nov 21, 2017 1:47:10 PM Christina Wilson

If the brick and mortar facade of your historic DC homes show signs of deterioration, it's time to repair and restore. The first step is looking for a masonry contractor who can work with your..

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Do You Know How to Care For Old Brick Facades?

Nov 14, 2017 4:08:18 PM Christina Wilson

Owners of historic DC brick homes have likely heard of tuckpointing. Also known as repointing, it is the process by which the facades of brick structures are restored and maintained. Even the most..

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Is Your Interior Brick Wall a Focus for Entertaining?

Nov 8, 2017 12:30:46 PM Christina Wilson

During the holiday season historic brick homes in the Washington DC area use an exposed interior brick wall as a backdrop for entertaining. These old interior brick walls add warmth to the holiday..

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What Can You Do About Energy Loss in Your Historic Brick Home?

Oct 31, 2017 8:30:00 AM Christina Wilson

The beauty and charm of historic homes radiate from their unique and stately classic features. However, like the lovely but leaky original windows, many of these features are not as energy..

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Do You See Water Damage on Your Interior Walls?

Oct 10, 2017 8:30:00 AM Christina Wilson

The stately historic 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...

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Why Is Ivy Growing on Old Brick a Concern?

Oct 4, 2017 5:54:00 PM Christina Wilson

Do you have ivy growing on the walls of your brick home? It can certainly look beautiful, particularly during the warm months when the ivy blooms. It adds a thick green texture to the wall and..

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How to Use Architectural Salvage For Your Home Renovation

Sep 19, 2017 2:58:09 PM Christina Wilson

Like most owners of old houses, your renovation plans probably include matching as many of the authentic building parts – doors, flooring, fixtures, and millwork – as possible. It is possible to..

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What is Spalling Brick and Why Should You Care?

Sep 12, 2017 8:30:00 AM Christina Wilson

When I see an old brick house with crumbling or flaking of the surface of the brick wall, I recognize a type of damage known as spalling brick. If the brick wall is part of the main structure of..

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Does Your Historic Brick Home Make the Right First Impression?

Aug 29, 2017 8:30:00 AM Christina Wilson

The exterior brickwork of historic brick homes in the Washington DC area conveys a rich sense of history. The first impression of these well-maintained homes is enhanced by landscaping. When..

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