Monday, July 2, 2007

The front step foundation

"You shall build the altar of the LORD your God of uncut stones; and you shall offer on it burnt offerings to the LORD your God." Deuteronomy 27:6
Well, we're not building an alter - just a front step. However, we decided to use ceramic tile (uncut stones) rather than flagstone simply because the flagstone was too thick. We grabbed a few pieces that flaked off, and away we went.
The match is almost perfect!

First things first: frame the new front step. Here's a close-up, but look at this post for a larger perspective. After framing, we added layers of gravel and sand as a base for the cement.

Adding the cement was really quite simple and went pretty quickly.

Here I am sealing the cement getting it ready for the next step.

I chose my best grungy clothes for this photo!!

The original front step had started to pull away from the house slightly which meant we needed to bring it back to the correct grade. Level Quick did the trick!

Stay tuned for tomorrow's episode when we see Eric and Paula actually lay the tile!


photowannabe said...

Paula, all the work you are doing is so exciting. Your Bible verses for the tasks are quite impressive. Looking forward to the tiling.

Anonymous said...

I have to say that I am impressed.
(With your project and the blog!) THanks for sharing! I'll be back.

cityfarmer said...

I'd call this "coming along"...aren't you sooooexcited