I took the following photo of John on June 1st when he dug the footing for the front porch/stoop.
Fast forward five months when the masons began work in November.
They started by placing two courses of block on top of John’s inspected footing. The block went over the rebar that you can see in the first photo.
In the above photo, you can see the original stoop inside the new block wall.The masons poured the concrete over it to create the perfect pitch so that water would not pool.
After they poured the concrete, they made it smooth as glass.
Meanwhile, the flagstone and old brick arrived.
After the the masons built the new stoop, they started on the steps leading down to the driveway.
They dug out large roots from small trees that John had pulled out back in July 2014.
Instead of parging the exterior block, the masons installed old brick to match the house.
They installed the flagstone on the perimeter of the stoop so that the columns could be installed the next day.
While the masons worked, John was finishing up the Hardie straight edge siding on the front of the house.
Two days before Thanksgiving, the masons finished the job, including helping John install the columns. In the spring, he’ll paint them white to match the siding.
The day before Thanksgiving, Nick returned with his grandson. The final step was scrubbing the flagstone and brick with Muriatic acid.
After five months of stepping over (and tripping over) rebar and caution tape, I almost forgot what it was like stepping onto a stoop and walking down perfectly pitched steps with risers that make it effortlessly getting to and from the front door. This was a major TREAT! (Merci Beaucoup, RRF!!!)
Before Nick left, I said, “It looks beautiful and it’s just what we wanted.” He replied, “It looks like it was built in 1954, when the house was built.” I said, “It sure does!”
It’s new with built-in character.
And this morning, with a couple inches of snow on the ground, John wrote out a material list to finish the barrel porch. In January, I’ll decide on a new front door, and in the spring a new garage door.