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What you need to know about exposing brick

What you need to know about exposing brick

In 1998, when Dustin McQuate moved to Baltimore’s Canton neighborhood, he joined the legions of young people flocking to Baltimore’s waterfront neighborhoods, attracted by their vibrant cultures and the charm of their historic row houses.

For McQuate, now a Butchers Hill resident and a real estate agent with Cummings and Co. Realtors, living in a home with exposed brick was an important part of that experience — but the walls in his home were intact. So he rolled up his sleeves, grabbed some tools and began chipping away at the plaster.

“It’s pretty straightforward,” he says. “You’re literally whacking away at the plaster wall until you knock it off. Skill-wise, there’s not...