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Your Old Brick Chimney Needs the Right Kind of Repair

Oct 11, 2018 3:08:04 PM Christina Wilson

If your historic home has a brick chimney, it may need to be repaired before the winter weather hits. The exposed mortar in many old brick Washington DC chimneys is particularly vulnerable to..

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What's the Best Way to Fix Interior Walls That Have Water Damage?

Sep 27, 2018 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 interior walls were covered with lime plaster...

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What Should I Know About Water Damage to Old Brick?

Sep 20, 2018 1:25:21 PM Christina Wilson

As a preservationist I love the enduring exterior brickwork of the Washington DC area's 100-year-old brick homes. The rich sense of history conveyed by these historic buildings is irreplaceable...

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Prevent Winter Damage and Increase Energy Efficiency

Sep 13, 2018 8:30:00 AM Christina Wilson

It’s not too early to tackle the yearly checkup of your old brick home. You don't need to hire a pro to get started, although it may be warranted under certain circumstances. You can take measures..

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Do-It-Yourself? Expert Advice for Owners of Old Homes

Aug 30, 2018 2:47:56 PM Christina Wilson

Owners of historic brick homes in DC often face structural challenges to the exterior of their homes - repair and maintenance of brick facades, steps and walkways that require professional..

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Can Ivy Damage the Old Brick on Your Home?

Aug 16, 2018 4:47:35 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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Should You DIY Your Old Home Renovation?

Jun 28, 2018 2:13:46 PM Christina Wilson

Every historic home comes with a to-do list of repairs and upgrades. A common challenge to home owners is how to decide which, if any, of the tasks are appropriate for DIY. Even the most handy..

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Do You See Bubbling on Your Interior Plaster Walls?

Jun 14, 2018 2:00:46 PM 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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How to Select Replacement Windows for Your Old Home

Jun 7, 2018 3:05:42 PM Christina Wilson

When you buy an old or historic home in the Washington DC area, you probably have a plan to upgrade and renovate.  One of the decisions you'll face is whether or not to replace the original or..

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Can I Save Money With Spot Tuckpointing?

Apr 27, 2018 4:32:52 PM 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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