Crumbling. This place has a lot of exterior stairs and all of them are in very poor condition.
These are the stairs from the driveway to the back door and stoop. We have the same set up on the right side of the garage which lead to the front door and stoop.
Both stoops are falling apart and after two winters in this house, we were not going to be able to squeak out a third. It was time.
The crew arrived on Monday and it’s been a slow and dusty process. Apparently the last masons to work on the brick and stone made quick and erroneous work of it. Three years later it’s a mess and an unsafe mess. We need these stairs firmed up.
Yesterday someone spent 8 hours chipping mortar from between bricks on the front stoop and removing cracked and damaged brick. Tedious but rewarding work as today one row of bricks were set back into place and mortared correctly. The color is even a close match to the original on the house. Something we appreciate fully because the last masons to touch the house did not even try to match mortar color when brick was repointed and it looks pretty awful.
The front stoop is going to get a bluestone cap and this set of stairs is going to be completely rebuilt. Its wings are starting to drift away and the cracking is allowing water to seep in. Not good.
More pictures to follow!