When we moved into our home, our steps looked like this. . .
functional, and intact. The home inspection didn't reveal anything amiss and we didn't notice anything either.
That winter, like almost everyone else, we were buried in snow. At least 5 feet here.
When the snow finally receded in the spring, we noticed the mortar between the bricks was literally crumbling underfoot. Even the gentlest toe nudge crumbled the concrete into dust.
For safety reasons, this clearly wasn't a project that could wait. We step up some temporary cinder block stairs while we drew up plans, priced supplies and materials, and Handyman arranged some time off work for our unexpected DIY spring project.
After a long weekend of concrete mixing and brick laying we had our new steps. . .
I spotted these planters sitting outside a cute shop in Napa Valley last fall.
Anyone know where I can purchase a similiar pair?
I don't even want to think about how much this would have cost if we hadn't done it ourselves. . .
Of course, I left the dirty & heavy work to Handyman and his Dad. I relegated myself to lunch provider, Home Depot runner for all the Quickcrete, and kid entertainer to keep the curious little one and his fingers out of the way.
We still need to seal the steps and add handrails, but other than that, there are complete. One project down, 99+ to go. . .
Did last winter bring any surprise spring projects your way?
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