a picture is worth a thousand words. in dvs' picture i see a few things that I would like the mention 1. can a 6" sphere fit through the triangle area between the riser tread and bottom rail-- maybe? i cant tell measurements from this photo, but it looks rather large and not in compliance with the building code-----HOWEVER, a guard system is not required by the IRC in this instance due to the fact that the elevation of the landing is (assuming on my part) less than 30 inches from the adjacent grade. 2. it doesn't appear that there is proper flashing against the house where the porch meets the vinyl siding. the correct flashing detail is for the siding to be removed and a waterproof barrier (grace vycor or similar) be installed and then the siding j channeled around the area with the j-channel taped to the moisture barrier of the home (or a piece of metal flashing). the same goes for Mr. G, the piece of (apparently) pvc trim at the bottom of the door, was that flashed properly? i dont know, i would ask the question though. secondly in reference to mr. g: i don't like how the bottom of the lowest step is bearing at the finished grade, i would stack that bottom stone on top of a buried stone so that the bearing elevation of that stone will not be disturbed during the installation of a finished walking surface. as well as preventing loads from the step from being transferred into the walk surface. personally i don't think that glue is needed, go lift your granite counter tops, yes you can lift them, they are not glued down, gravity and friction are natural adhesives that work well with heavy objects. lego blocks are rather light and small in size requiring the use of additional glue. come to think of it i wonder if there was pl landscape glue around when Stonehenge was assembled. kinda one of those "you need this" thing. Finally, regarding the railings on mr. g's steps. first set of steps needs ONE rail on ONE side with no gards. the second set needs ONE rail on ONE side that becomes a guard system at the 4th step and continues on the landing, also it needs a gard system on the 4th step and on the landing on the opposite site----- clear as mud?