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At the Arlington house, the grade difference from the new front porch to the street level is about 5 feet, so the homeowners and landscape architect decided on a long brick walkway with a landing and two sets of steps using reclaimed granite. Roger Cook’s crew has put in the brick landing using the same herringbone pattern as the back patio and are now on the second set of granite steps. The steps go on top of a small concrete pad. Shims are put in before they set the first granite step in place. Solid concrete blocks are used to fill in the space for the next granite step, which goes in at a slight angle to turn towards the street. The third granite step is cut with a saw to make a straight edge for the brick walkway to meet it.
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