Repointing a Stone Wall with Lime Mortar

First and foremost, you can not use concrete / portland cement in any masonry work on a house built before 1850, and maybe even until 1900. It's worth asking a local mason to see what sort of bricks you have in your home. If they are new bricks and fired to be very hard, cement … Continue reading Repointing a Stone Wall with Lime Mortar


RowHouse Magazine Resources: Research

• Baltimore City Historic Society • Athenaeum of Philadelphia • Historic House Trust - New York City • Historical Society of Pennsylvania • National Parks Service - Technical Preservation Services • New York Historical Society • Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission • The Bostonian Society Please note that listing a product or company here is … Continue reading RowHouse Magazine Resources: Research

Making changes to your row house is ok.

Responsible Improving: Is It Possible to Think Outside the Box?

The modification issue is really not all that easy to address which is why we haven't really talked about breaking out of the row before now. Neighbors' "improvements" are something people constantly have to deal with. When you're not attached, you can mostly ignore the changes if you don't like them. However, when you live … Continue reading Responsible Improving: Is It Possible to Think Outside the Box?

Bathroom sink in a row house.

RowHouse Magazine Resources: Kitchen & Bath

• Compact Appliance • Everhot Ovens • Hansgrohe Bath and Kitchen Plumbing • Hãfele- Furniture, cabinet, kitchen, closet, and architectural hardware • Kitchen Kapers • Kohler Bath and Kitchen Plumbing • M. Teixeira Soapstone • Mark Wilkinson Kitchens • Plumber Surplus • The Marble Institute of America • The Tankless Water Heater Guide • Thomas … Continue reading RowHouse Magazine Resources: Kitchen & Bath

Making Your Older Home a Little More Green

The Philadelphia Preservation Alliance offers free workshops for homeowners in Philadelphia. The workshops are a great opportunity to learn more about preserving and maintaining older and historic homes. The Alliance hosts knowledgeable speakers and offers supplemental materials for further research. A full schedule of workshops is listed on our calendar. Sara Sweeney, an architect and … Continue reading Making Your Older Home a Little More Green