Steps in Time

We have a new side porch but we have not yet graded the adjoining driveway nor have we done any landscaping.

The porch
The porch “steps”.

The steps are merely slabs of bluestone laid on the clay soil.

The dirt under the steps becomes undermined by water.
The dirt under the steps becomes undermined by water.

Over time the bottom step especially starts to teeter due to water that runs by the house and under the step.

We had saved a pile of gravel from the driveway which we're using to level the steps temporarily.
We had saved a pile of gravel from the driveway which we’re using to level the steps temporarily.

Since we’re having a party today it was indeed time to stabilize the steps.

Pressure treated 4 by 4s and gravel help to secure the bluestone.
Pressure treated 4 by 4s and gravel help to secure the bluestone.

Charlie pulled them all away from the foundation and used our little pile of driveway gravel to level them off.

The steps are still a little wonky.
The steps are still a little wonky.

That should hold us for a little while.

What recurring issue are you struggling with?

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Author: Jo

Welcome to The Glade, where the second generation of renovations has just begun and the mania about our home, music and other passions fill our days and nights. We’re Charlie and Jo in the music world; Mary Jo and Charles to family; and JoJo and Charlie to each other. We are renovating a midcentury house in a Victorian historic district where we want to live there the rest of our lives. It's a 1946 house located in Maryland. We were married in this house. Thus far (pre-blog) we refinished cabinets, added a window seat (still working on the cushion), rearranged a wall in the guest house due to sink/vanity replacement, planted a vegetable garden, and other quick and not-so-quick fixes. So this latest zeal for construction is the result of my having lived here since 1997 and feeling a need to ready the house for the next chapter and beyond.

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