Log Home Pictures from 2015, Part 3 of 5

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The next major project is the first phase of the completion of the front staircase: The rock steps at the bottom. The second phase will be the log treads on top, and the third phase will be the handrails and guard rail.

6/3/15 People have been scrambling over this jumble of rocks for too many years. It is time to convert it to proper stone steps that will tie in with the log steps above.


6/3/15 Here the right side has been cleared down to mineral soil in preparation for the laying up of the stone steps.


6/3/15 This is the center of the stone step site all cleared.


6/3/15 This big rock was sticking up too high on the left side and after a lot of work, it was finally pulled out of its hole using a come-along.


6/10/15 Here are some of the big flat rocks that will be used for stair treads.


6/10/15 Here is the big rock I pulled out earlier. I intended to use it as part of the stairs.


6/10/15 After spending the morning stuggling with this rock, I decided to abandon the effort because the rock was just too heavy to manipulate and align.


6/18/15 The third stone step has been raised an inch and a half to better conform to the log stairs above. Now the second stone step needs to be raised. The big flat rock in the lower right of the picture is destined to become part of the tread surface of the fourth step. But the right edge of the rock has to be straightened by cutting away part of the projection at the lower right end of it. That proved to be tricky but I got 'er done.


6/25/15 The second stone step has been raised and the rightmost part of the fourth step is mortared in place. At the left end of the big tread rock on top the ligher color and different texture visible on the front edge shows the 1-foot cut I made. As you can see, the narrow point on the end of the rock did not break off as I feared it might.


7/9/15 More stones mortared in place. Slow but steady progress.


7/30/15 Finally, after longer than predicted, the stone steps at the front porch are completed.


7/30/15 It is a real pleasure walking on these steps after so many years of picking my way up the jumble of stones that used to be there. It's also a great pleasure to be able to move on to another project.



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