Whoever would have thought that I would have a hard time finding a photo that showed our house's front steps? Not I; thus, I did not bother taking a "before" shot. Below is the best photo I could find - posted last December when our Ginkgo tree shed its leaves overnight. The photo doesn't really show you how the steps were tilting forward and away from the front porch. Sufficient/well-placed rebar had not been used in the original construction.
When the workers had left at about 1pm, today, I took the photo, below, of our new front steps and added handrails. The workers were a joy to have around. It will be a little bit lonely without them. I gave the boss man a tip, yesterday, telling him to spread it around or use it as he judged right. He took the gang to lunch at the Olive Garden that is about 2 miles up the street from here!
Along the way, we had a thunderstorm - last Saturday evening. After a spate of rain, it started to pelt us with small pea-sized hail.
The hail tried to accumulate; but, its heart just wasn't in it. The photo below shows about the maximum that accumulated.
Then, the hail petered out and it went back to spates of rain.
During a lessening of the rain, I took a photo of our newly installed bluebird nesting box. I had shamelessly asked the crew, as they were installing the framing for the front steps, to install the box for me. They had three advantages over me in doing so: 1) height (this wooden post had not been sunk as deeply in the ground as had our old one), 2) a 20-volt cordless drill (my cordless drill's battery gave out several years ago and wasn't worth replacing), and 3) 3-inch, self-tapping wood screws (the screws that had come with the box were only 1.625-inch and had been bent when the manufacturer attached them flat onto one side of the box with industrial-strength staples.)
The boss of the crew knew that we were to have severe, wet weather over the weekend; so, before they left, they covered the excavated area/step forms with a tarp. Smart man! Hunky Husband measured 2.5" of precipitation in our back yard.
Sunday morning, the boss man showed up to ladle the water off (3 wheel-barrows full) and remove the tarp. All they had to do, Yesterday, before the concrete was delivered, was to complete installation of more rebar - extending into the square of sidewalk.