Is it a Brownstone or a Brick Row House?

Learn the differences between these types of urban row houses.

Did you catch the mistake Remodelista made in their instagram post? They got quite a bit of flack from their followers for calling a brick row house a brownstone. I have to say, that is one of my pet peeves. What are the architectural differences between the two? Let me give you the low down, so you don’t have to make the mistake.

Brownstones:

Brownstone was a popular form in Northeast cities during the 19th century, named for its façade cladding of brown or red-brown sandstone. Brownstones are almost always multiple stories tall and frequently feature flat roofs. The distinct feature about brownstones is the nearly seamless line between one townhouse to the next. Brownstone materials blend together smoothly, and a series of brownstone townhouses can often look like a single building with several doors and windows instead of individual residences. Brownstone was plentiful and inexpensive in the 19th century. The image of this style is forever associated with New York City, but can be found in other urban areas. By the 1840s, it was a popular choice for townhouse facades and retains its charm today, as a signifier of both sophistication and neighborhood appeal.

Brick Row Houses:

On the other hand Boston and Philadelphia are famous for streets lined with brick masonry row houses. Specifically the brick Federalist architectural style for houses prevailed between the Revolutionary War and about 1835. The federal row house was modest in scale and restrained in ornament. The front of the house was usually clad in red brick, typically laid in what is known as a Flemish bond (a style of bricklaying with each row of brick laid in alternating headers and stretchers – the short and long sides of the brick). Brick row houses are usually two or three stories and often have half-story attics with dormers. The brick Federal architecture is an adaptation of Georgian elements, with an American twist. We can thank Boston native Charles Bulfinch for this style influence throughout our neighborhoods.

Distinctive Architectural Illustration by Rob Leanna

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Preparing Your Home For The Thanksgiving Holiday

Invite Guests Into Your Home

Halloween has passed and it is time to start planning and preparing for the Thanksgiving holiday. If you follow Unit Realty Group on Instagram, each week we have been providing home maintenance tips and tricks. Thanksgiving is a time many of you open your homes to family and friends. We wanted to provide you with 13 simple ways to prep and spruce up your home for the holidays!

Preparing for Thanksgiving

Clean your appliances – Appliances take a beating during this holiday, but there’s still time to make a few pre-holiday adjustments. Soft scrub with bleach works really well for cleaning stainless steel appliances. Use warm water and a sponge, scrub with the grain of the surface to avoid scratches and streaks.

Clean your sink disposal – The trick is vinegar ice cubes. Put vinegar in an ice tray, freeze, then run the ice cubes down the disposal. It freshens and also sharpens the blade.

Inspect the fridge – It is just inevitable, the fridge and freezer will be opened and closed more times on Thanksgiving day than it is in a couple of weeks of normal use. Tighten screws and any loose door handles. Clear cold air vents and freezer vents, reposition food to allow cold air to move more freely. Replace burned out lights.

Test your oven temperature – If your oven doesn’t have a thermometer, you may want to invest in a battery-powered infrared thermometer. Make sure the oven is in working condition, no one wants cold turkey, cold stuffing or cold pie!

Get the vacuum ready to go – Clean the canister or replace the bag. Vacuum the floors, don’t forget to clean the hard to reach places, under and behind the furniture.

Tune up the kitchen knives – Make sure the blades are sharpened and ready to easily cut the bird.

Inspect the dishwasher – Remove food debris and wipe off detergent residue. Check the strainer/drain area in the wash tub.

Give some attention to the toilets – Take care of poor flushing action by replacing the flapper valve or the entire flush mechanism. Tighten mounting bolts if the toilet rocks, and replace the toilet seat if it is loose or cracked. With lots of guests in your home, this will be a high-traffic area.

Seasonal decorating – Make your home festive for the holiday with simple decor. Bring in nature inspired dining table centerpieces and tasteful table settings. Line the fireplace mantel with candles and decorative branches.

Refresh your window boxes – If you don’t have the time to replant, replace your window box with piles of decorative gourds. Or get some potted mums to place on your doorstep.

Deck out your bar cart – Enjoy a drink with your guests. To keep things simple, get the fixings for a featured drink based around one type of alcohol and have a few other options of spirits for guests to create a drink on their own.

Have ample seating – Guests don’t want to stand all day or throughout the meal. Along with enough chairs around the dining table, make sure there is several seating groupings throughout the house in the den and living room areas.

Present food in an aesthetically pleasing way – Use your best dishes and silverware to impress your guests. Bring out a table runner or a nice table cloth. Create a separate sweets table with colorful bowls and consider placing pies on a three-tiered platter. 

Enjoy your time with family and friends. The holiday can be stressful especially when you are the host. We hope these tips can allow you to be organized and ready to invite guests in your home when the holiday arrives.

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20 Questions with Unit Realty Group Agent Anna Roberts

Anna Roberts: Q&A

Unit Realty Group_Anna Roberts

  1. Describe your dream home? Shingled-craftsman style bungalow by the water
  2. What is your Starbucks order? Grande soy latte
  3. Hometown? Cohasset, MA (but spent my younger years in Atlanta, GA)
  4. Favorite neighborhood? Beacon Hill
  5. Adult beverage? Craft beer, but also love a good margarita
  6. Most used emoji?
  7. Favorite room in the house? Three season porch
  8. Favorite park? Charles River Esplanade
  9. Charity of choice? Operation Christmas Child
  10. Morning routine? Devotional, coffee, walk the dog
  11. Fixer upper or turn key? Fixer Upper
  12. Favorite city activity? Concerts at House of Blues and SoWa Market
  13. Favorite local shop? Charles Street Supply Store
  14. RedSox, Bruins, Celtics or Patriots? Alabama football, Roll Tide!
  15. Cat or dog? Dog
  16. Favorite restaurant? Tip Tap Room
  17. Favorite season? Summer. You can find me at the beach
  18. Guilty pleasure? Ben and Jerry’s Ice Cream (Chubby Hubby or Cookie Dough)
  19. Favorite candy? Kit Kat
  20. Favorite color? #UnitOrange has really grown on me

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Joe Schutt

Committed to representing your interests with the highest level of integrity, I am dedicated to service excellence focused on personal attention and building a solid trust relationship. I listen carefully and make my clients feel comfortable in exploring their full range of real estate options and then encourage them to relax and rely on my expertise to insure that the details run smoothly and efficiently. Google+

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