Sep 15, 2010

Brick Paver Porch and Steps: Total Porch Replacement

Porch replacement using brick pavers

We completed a Brick Paver Porch and Steps installation that not only improved our clients curb appeal, but also made their front porch more functional and safer.  This existing old cement porch and poured concrete steps had begun to settle and deteriorate. The homeowners main concern for safety was that the rises on the cement steps were over 9" each and the treads where only 9" wide.

The first objective for the new design of this paver porch and steps installation was to make the step risers and treads safer.  This would require us to add another paver step to decrease the overall step risers to reach the top of the porch.  Because the new paver steps could not go out any farther into the driveway, the new paver porch needed to have new dimensions to facilitate an additional paver step.

We completely removed the old cement porch and steps with sledge hammers, pry bars, and a diamond blade saw.  We were real close to renting an air jack hammer & compressor but after a pot of coffee and some Tim Horton's Tim Bits, this porch removal moved forward at a swift pace.  The dirt fill inside the old porch was removed to allow for crushed gravel to allow proper drainage.

We constructed the new paver porch using Fendt's Old World Country Manor for the porch walls & paver steps, and we used Fendt's Holland Paver laid in a 45 degree Herringbone pattern for the top landing inset. The newly created rises where a safe and comfortable 6.5" each.  The newly capped paver steps now had a 12" tread for added safety and beautiful finish.

This particular brick paver porch and steps installation was a TOTAL PORCH REPLACEMENT project. There are 2 other applications of paver porches that we perform.  Below is a brief description of the other two pavers porch applications.

When the existing porch's overall structure is sound but the top cement stoop is unsightly, a brick paver porch overlay application can be performed. As long as there is clearance for the door to open with the thickness of the pavers on top of the old cement porch, the pavers can be adhered along the outside borders and the brick paver pattern laid within these borders. A simple paver joint sand or polymeric sand can be swept in all the joints.  The 4-7" thick cement cap face is also hidden by adhering the pavings stones to the face. This technique requires a little strategy and sometimes we need to construct some temporary support until the adhesive sets. This paver porch installation is usually the cheapest of the 3 options listed in this post.


When conditions allow and the old cement porch can not allow for a porch overlay application as described above, a paver porch enclosure is considered.  The porch enclosure application requires us to construct a modular retaining wall frame around the porch and then lay paving stones within this frame.  In essence, the old cement porch is "buried" and left as a foundation within the structure.  This paver porch application is used for more "cosmetic" improvement then for a structural need.  This option usually costs less than the total porch replacement application because the homeowner saves the removal & disposal cost of the old porch. The old cement porch condition will determine if this application can be performed.

The overall condition of the existing cement porch & steps and the objectives for the design of the pavers porch & steps will determine which paver porch application will work. We evaluate each situation and recommend the appropriate application that meets the customer's need and budget. Paver porches & steps dramatically improve function and curb appeal.


Paver porches have become the new trend in today's porch replacement needs of homeowners. Many new home construction plans are designing paver porches. Aside from roof replacement, porch replacements are one of the most common outdoor home improvement projects.