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The Damp Realities of Doglegs

Feb 25, 2021 7:45:00 AM Christina Wilson

In the DC area, homeowners likely know all about "doglegs" built into many historic two to three-story rowhouse homes, which share at least one wall side with their neighbor's house. Doglegs were..

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Remodel, Renovate, Restore | What's the Difference?

Feb 19, 2021 12:49:17 PM Christina Wilson

Even contractors sometimes use the terms remodel, renovate, and restore interchangeably, though these terms have entirely different meanings. When working on a home in a historic district, it’s..

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When It Rains It Pours: Water Penetration via Failing Brick and Mortar

Dec 3, 2020 8:45:00 AM Christina Wilson

Stately old homes are a thing of beauty. Historic neighborhoods, like those in Washington DC, boast many brick homes built in the 18th, 19th, and early 20th centuries. These homes require..

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When You Can't Do It All: Prioritizing Home Renovations and Repairs

Nov 27, 2020 7:45:00 AM Christina Wilson

Homeownership is a big responsibility. One constant that all homeowners face is the need for ongoing maintenance. Any homeowner will tell you there is always something that needs doing; repairs,..

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The High Cost of Deferred Maintenance

Nov 12, 2020 7:45:00 AM Christina Wilson

“Why do today what can be put off until tomorrow?” This tongue-in-cheek adage describes many homeowners’ attitudes toward dealing with home maintenance and repairs. Maintenance costs money, and..

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Repairing and Replacing Exterior Window Sills on Historic Brick Homes

Sep 10, 2020 7:15:00 PM Christina Wilson

Every owner of an old brick home knows that exterior window sills will show age and weathering, both of which significantly impact a building’s good looks over time. Even more critical than..

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Why Is Ivy Growing on Old Brick a Concern?

Aug 7, 2020 8:30:00 AM 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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Do You See Bubbling on Your Interior Plaster Walls?

Jul 17, 2020 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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The Case for Restoring Old Windows in Your Historic Home

Jul 10, 2020 8:30:00 AM Christina Wilson
The windows in historic DC brick homes are frequently an important element of the architectural integrity. Their design, craftsmanship, or other qualities may make them worthy of preservation.  .. Read More

What To Do If Your Brick Walkways Are a Disaster?

Jul 3, 2020 8:30:00 AM Christina Wilson

IIn the historic neighborhoods of Washington DC, brick walkways and steps of homes, in deep reds, oranges and browns, create unique curb appeal for entryways – until they need repair. Bricks that..

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