My back porch was literally falling apart. Over the years I had painted it and patched it the best I could. There were squatters residing in its crevices (see fourth photo below). Last Monday I hired a mason named Terry off of Craigslist. It was a leap of faith since I was choosing him without getting other bids to tear out and re-do my back porch. A couple of years ago the guy who cut down a tree in my backyard said he would do it for about $400 so when Terry gave me his bid I knew he was in the ballpark.
Terry's ad said he was out of work and I could relate to that. I met with him about an hour after talking to him on the phone. He looked over the situation and asked for a $200 check so he could pick up materials and get started the next day. After he left I wondered if he'd be back. I don't like to be cynical but in this economy I couldn't be certain.
But he did come back the next day, despite the forecast of rain, rain and more rain over the next few days. He started with this:
He made a lot of progress by the end of the first day:
By the end of the day on Wednesday he had poured the cement for the slab and came back on Thursday to set the steps:
If the rain ever stops around here, it will dry out and look beee-u-t-ful! He suggested I coat it in a couple of weeks. We'll see about that. Terry also repaired some bricks and mortar on my front porch and replaced those steps too. I feel so much better with these relatively simple repairs. It's the simple things. If you live in the Detroit area and are in need of a good, fair mason, let me know and I'll pass along his information!
Tomorrow I'll show you another makeover......