Well Maintained Bricks Create Curb Appeal for Historic Homes

May 17, 2016 8:30:00 AM Christina Wilson

Historic brick homes in the Washington DC area feature exterior brickwork that conveys a rich sense of history. When these homes are well maintained, the resulting curb appeal increases their value, as well as that of the entire neighborhood.

The cost of maximizing your curb appeal with brick restoration in DC will always be a smart investment. There are many ways to increase the curb appeal of a historic brick home and the warm summer months are the best time to act. Combining historical accuracy and visual harmony is a certain way to maintain the integrity and boost curb appeal. Here are some elements to consider:

Is Your Entryway Inviting?

Well designed and maintained clay brick walkways and steps, in deep reds, oranges and browns, create unique curb appeal for entryways. But crumbling or hazardous passageways become an eyesore that will detract from the appeal of even the most beautiful buildings. Spring and summer is a good time to replace or repair the brick pavers that are damaged or uneven.

The right front door will transform an entryway into an invitation. Paint color, house numbers, and mail slots add to the overall presentation. The National Association of Realtors lists doors as one of the top 10 remodeling projects expected to recoup the most money at resale this year. You can reduce energy use and maintenance by installing a steel front door that comes with a vibrant factory finish that will never need repainting.

Does Your Landscaping Draw Attention to the Architecture?

Savvy selection of plantings that are in proportion to the house will add harmonious shape and color to heighten the architecture. Well-tended shrubs and flowers define style - elegant to chic - and hint of well designed and maintained interiors. Well-built retaining walls add to the look of a sturdy foundation while creating borders between the private garden and the public sidewalk.

Is Your Façade in Top Condition?

When the walls of historical DC brick buildings show signs of damaged bricks and crumbling mortar, they need tuckpointing - removing mortar between masonry joints and replacing it with lime-based mortar. A messy or neglected looking façade diminished the curb appeal. Owners know that to maintain the authentic value of their homes, they need restoration specialists who will preserve the structural integrity using traditional methods and materials.


Renaissance Development, a leader in brick restoration and historic preservation,specializes in the restoration of a historic brick building’s mortar joints using traditional methods (tuckpointing) and materials. Contact us for a free site visit and project quote.

Categories: Historic Preservation, Curb appeal

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