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June 2021

Importance of paints and coatings

Click here to register for this free Zoom webinar   Paints and coatings are often some of the more exciting elements that owners of historic buildings get to choose, but it’s not just about color. The type of coatings you choose can have serious impacts on your building. Michelle Duhon of Southkick Historic Preservation will explore the basic chemistry and color significance of paints and coatings on historic buildings in New Orleans. This is the second event in the Maintain Right…

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Virtual Shotgun House Tour: Explore the home of Ryan Bordenave

Click here to register for this Zoom webinar. Explore the beautifully restored, circa-1912 home of Ryan Bordenave, who bought the Mid-City house in 2005 and renovated it, doing much of the work himself and with the help of his brother-in-law and his father. The house had been owned by a woman who lived there for nearly 60 years, passing away in her 90s. The property was badly in need of work when Bordenave, just 27 years old at the time, got…

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Get to know your wood windows

Click here to register for this free Zoom webinar   Windows and doors play an important role in life safety, climate control and bringing light into your living spaces. In this interactive session, Valerie and Gus Vides of NOLA Wood Windows will go through the general anatomy of a window, different stages of window conditions and how historic windows are built to be easily repaired. Homeowners will learn new tips to delay maintenance and review common dos and don’ts for wood…

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Virtual Shotgun House Tour: Explore the home of Dee Speed (Bonus House!)

Click here to register for this Zoom webinar. Explore this petite jewel box of a house owned by talented designer Dee Speed. Her 1,465-square-foot, two-bedroom Creole cottage in the Faubourg Marigny dates to at least 1887 and was once a store/bakery as well as a residence. After repairing structural issues and water and termite damage, she has decorated the home in rich colors, lush fabrics and treasured family antiques. Preserving the house’s patina, including the original wide-plank wood floors and the…

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Virtual Shotgun House Tour: Explore the home of Emma Fick and Helvio Prevelato Gregorio

Click here to register for this Zoom webinar. Explore the intriguing spaces that add inspiration to the life and work of artist Emma Fick and her partner Helvio Prevelato Gregorio. The couple purchased their 1920 sidehall shotgun home on the edge of the Uptown Historic District in 2018. The previous owners had done a complete renovation of the three-bedroom, two-bath property before Fick and Prevelato Gregorio’s purchase, so it was ready for their design touches. Both work from home — even…

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Cost-effective energy improvements

Click here to register for this free Zoom webinar   Summer heat and humidity is upon us, and the cost of cooling our homes is typically the biggest part of local energy bills. General energy-saving advice you find online may not provide the biggest comfort bang for your home improvement buck. Claudette Hanks Reichel of LaHouse Home and Landscape Resource Center, a program of the LSU AgCenter, will shed light on home energy improvements in priority order of cost versus benefits…

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Virtual Shotgun House Tour: Explore the home of KV Harper

Click here to register for this Zoom webinar. Explore the beautiful home of KV Harper, principal and founder of the architecture planning and interiors firm KEX Design + Build. In renovating her Seventh Ward double shotgun, Harper added layers of rich colors that speak to the city’s tropical environment and its history. In her design projects — including local ones and working with clients in New York City, Amsterdam and London — KEX strives to make “design attainable for people in…

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Virtual Shotgun House Tour: Explore the home of Julie Neill

Click here to register for this Zoom webinar. Explore lighting designer Julie Neill’s exquisite circa-1880 Italianate camelback shotgun home that she has lovingly renovated into a soothing oasis that in part serves as inspiration for her hand-crafted, luxe lighting designs. With each renovation, Neill has been careful to keep the 2,800-square-foot home’s historic character, including the raw-grain cypress doors and the original wood floors, which she had pickled. She also kept much of the shotgun layout. “Some people want to buy…

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Truth about plaster

Click here to register for this free Zoom webinar Plaster can be an intimidating material to many homeowners, but it is versatile and provides a durable surface that can be applied over brick, stone, half-timber or frame construction. Michael Shoriak of Cypress Building Conservation will demystify how to maintain, repair and replace plaster and who to call when a professional is required. This is the final event in the Maintain Right virtual class series, which provides homeowners the knowledge they need…

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July 2021

Protect Your Home: Top 10 Resilient Home Improvements

Click here to register for this free Zoom webinar New Orleans’ historic homes are still here because they were originally built to survive our natural hazards. That’s a great head start, but it’s even better to have a “resilient” home that allows you to quickly return to a safe and healthy property at minimal expense after a storm or flood. Claudette Hanks Reichel of LaHouse Home and Landscape Resource Center, a program of the LSU AgCenter, will focus on the top…

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