Encyclopedia of Historic Masonry Restoration

Rear ell, aka. dogleg

Rear ells are a very common feature of historic DC homes, they are prolific in Capitol Hill, Dupont Circle and Georgetown. Often there is a jog in the otherwise rectalinear or rectangular type shape of a rowhome’s footprint. Typical DC rowhomes, at least for the… Read More »Rear ell, aka. dogleg

Rendering, cement

Rendering cement is common at building foundations and above grade applications on concrete and masonry surfaces.  The picture below shows the base code of rendering applied to an exterior surface to patch in a remodeled area of the building facade.   Often in a multiple coat… Read More »Rendering, cement

Retaining wall

Retaining walls support higher levels of ground at area of significant change of grade level.   Essentially, between a higher area and lower area, the retaining wall we’ll support the higher area and hold the dirt in place. Ground levels on the levels and soils have… Read More »Retaining wall