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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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Warning Signs of Old Brick and Mortar Damage

Apr 20, 2018 6:03:29 PM Christina Wilson

Hard winters are reminders of how devastating weather can be on brick facades. The freeze-thaw cycles eventually lead to damage to brick and mortar. Spring is the best time to take stock of your..

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Clean Your Old Brick Facades With Care

Mar 29, 2018 12:29:56 PM Christina Wilson

Brick and masonry might be among the longest-lasting, most weatherproof building elements, but old brick buildings still require maintenance and repair. To ensure long-lasting structural..

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What Is the Best Masonry Contractor for Your Old Brick Home

Mar 22, 2018 12:08:12 PM Christina Wilson

Does your exterior brick inspection reveal signs of weather wear and other types of deterioration? Spring is the right time to get some expert advice. Historic DC homes require a particular..

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How to Make Old Windows Energy Efficient

Feb 16, 2018 2:00:35 PM Christina Wilson

 “Windows are the eyes of a house.” 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..

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How to Tell When Your Old Brick Needs Tuckpointing

Feb 1, 2018 5:43:40 PM Christina Wilson

Owners of a historic DC brick home know that they need to maintain the mortar joints of the old brick facades of their home. Tuckpointing, or repointing, is the process by which the joints are..

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How to Protect Your Pipes In Freezing Weather

Jan 18, 2018 8:30:00 AM Christina Wilson

When water pipes freeze in the cold weather, homeowners face multiple disasters. Aside from the inconvenience of turning on taps that produce no water, there is the potential for water damage to..

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