Option needed for new front porch

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Posted by: from Hamilton
6/27/2012 at 12:47:41 PM

What are the options re material to replace a 5x8 pressure-treated porch with 4-4' steps?

The pre-cast concrete that we've seen looks cheap, natural stone is likely too heavy, and expensive. Is there anything else or is it worth considering returning to a wood option, possibly cedar next time?

The house is a cottage style with gray aluminum siding, probably 60-70 years old. (The front door and pergola over the existing porch also need to be replaced.)

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Date/Time6/27/2012 at 1:13:46 PM

Your options are endless. From the cheapest, wood (pressure treated,cedar and composite), precast concrete, landscape blocks, poured concrete.

You can also decorate the pre-cast and poured concrete, with stone, tiles or a decorative cement product. It really depends on your budget and the look you are after.

Costs will range from $1500- $10,000.

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Spencer from All Home Repair in St Thomas
Date/Time6/27/2012 at 3:54:05 PM

I like the landscape stone idea. There is no concrete work and i think it would look good with your cottage home. Also price effective. maybe carry the look with the stone work around a front garden. Nice curb appeal.

Good luck


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Date/Time6/28/2012 at 9:17:16 AM

The most attractive and economical step and landing replacement would be a coloured precast paving stone step system. This can also include a matching sidewalk up to the steps and landing. Most landscape contractors can do this work.

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