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Proper Mortar Joint Cutting

One of the most basic repairs an architect can specify is masonry repointing- removing the old mortar and adding in new mortar is also one of the most common repairs to be completed incorrectly. Over time, the mortar that bonds masonry together can begin to deteriorate, often crumbling, receding, or developing deep cracks. At this point, it is necessary to begin...

Concrete Waterproofing with Urethane Injection Grout

Injection Connection – Using Urethane Injection Grout to Save the Foundation of a Historic Building

When the construction of a new condominium had compromised the structural integrity and waterproof qualities of the neighboring 120-year-old foundation wall, Scott Henson Architect was contacted to assist and monitor the experts repairing it to stabilize and prevent further damage. It was determined that, over time, cracks had developed throughout the foundation walls of the building leading to water infiltration damage,...

Has Your Facade Been Inspected in the Past 5 Years?

Has Your Facade Been Inspected in the Past 5 Years?

NYC Department of Buildings law requires that all big buildings (6 stories and higher) must have their facades professionally inspected every five years. This law was formerly known as Local Law 11 and was renamed as Facade Inspection Safety Program (FISP). The current filing window for Cycle 8 has closed as of February 2019. The upcoming five year Cycle 9...

Why the Prices of Houses in Historic Districts are Higher Than Most

Why the Prices of Houses in Historic Districts are Higher Than Most

The New York City Independent Budget Office (IBO) published a study detailing how the designation of historic districts in the city has affected home prices. The IBO found that prices for homes in historic districts have been consistently higher than those outside historic districts. In the report's introduction, the IBO evaluates the relationship between historic districts and the correlation of higher...