Living on an alley, we didn’t really believe that we needed a staircase down to the “front” of our house. Then we moved in and realized that we had to put our mailbox in the “front” of our house and in order to retrieve the mail each day we had one of two options: either walk around the entire block to get the mail, or build a staircase down the steep slope in front.
We obviously decided on the stairway, choosing to put it down the middle of our double lot; the other side will be built on (eventually) by absent Sister (in-law) who is away in Italy dressing small dogs in ridiculous costumes. We (of course) had to get a separate permit for these stairs—in order to “re-establish” stairs that existed 30 or so years ago.
Two days ago, it looked like this:
Just the framing, ready to go.
Today, it looks like this:
We’re not done with the stairs obviously. We’re going to have our cement guys create a small curb on each sided of the stairwell so that mud and dirt doesn’t wash onto the stairs every time we get rained on. We’re also going to be putting in some kind of railing eventually. There’s a small landing at the bottom of the stairs where we’ll definitely need one, otherwise, it’s only a matter of time before someone goes tumbling down there and into the street.
The trip to get the mail just became about 378 feet shorter!