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DVS Hardscaper
11-19-2009, 06:01 PM
Front porch expansion we've started and is almost complete. Top and step treads is flagstone.

The first picture is a before shot.

11-19-2009, 08:28 PM
wow...looking good

11-19-2009, 08:41 PM
Thats something you don't usually see. We're doing something similar on our current project but more simple.

11-19-2009, 08:48 PM
How tall are those steps?

DVS Hardscaper
11-19-2009, 09:16 PM
How tall are those steps?

just as you like it rusk-a-roni........8-inches

11-19-2009, 11:09 PM
what was wrong with the old ones..

DVS Hardscaper
11-19-2009, 11:21 PM
what was wrong with the old ones..

from the home owner: "not grand enough"


wurkn with amish
11-20-2009, 06:39 PM
I like the old ones better....
how deep are they? 6"?

11-21-2009, 08:28 AM
I don't get it Andrew, there were 3 steps @ (looks like 7" or so ) to start with but you are now making 4 steps @ 8", is the grade of the walk going to change? I can't tell from your pic's, could you snap one 30' back or so?

DVS Hardscaper
11-21-2009, 10:02 AM
original steps were 8", not "6", not "7 or so". You can use the brick on the dwelling to gauge. The soldiers stand at 8". And the running bond consumes 3".

Reusing flagstone from pool coping, which is thicker, new steps will be either 7.5 or 8" risers.

new porch is pushed out many feet *further* from dwelling. (keyword: Further)

Top of existing driveway is a fixed grade x amount of inches below in elevation.

Since the new porch protrudes further from dwelling, and because the driveway is a lower elevation - an additional step is required.

The biggest problem faced is that Miss Utility (public utility locating service) incorrectly located the phone, cable, and electric lines. I ripped up the phone and cable and came about 1/2 an inch from yanking up the service line for the electric. Inproperly marked, off by say....oh, 10-feet. The electric had no caution tape in the soil. I say a hint of grey pearing through the soil and thought it was a rock. Luckily something in my mind made me stop.


DVS Hardscaper
03-29-2010, 10:01 AM
Due to the weather (snow all winter, belowing freezing temps, and lately - rain) we're just about complete!

The railings are iron. Not aluminum. Not vinyl. With curved handrails for the steps to be installed.

These pictures were taken on a rainy day. When it's complete, acid washed, and the new columns have been painted I'll return with my real camera with wide angle lens and get some better shots.

And yes! the hideous brass lanterns are being swaped!


03-29-2010, 11:33 AM
very nice. Wish i knew more about block work. Definately makes a better entranceway.

03-29-2010, 01:05 PM
How high is that last step Andrew, looks a bit high from here.

DVS Hardscaper
03-29-2010, 05:30 PM
How high is that last step Andrew, looks a bit high from here.

It is - we're not finished!

The beloved client made a change AFTER the steps were formed. Everything was measured out and built perfect. So now, the last step will end up approx 4-5-inches above the driveway.


03-29-2010, 05:35 PM
reasonalbe height. I knew it wouldn't be left like that. :)