Entering Phase II (or is it III?) of the Porch Project: removing the old concrete stoop. Hubby tried a sledgehammer, but gave in and rented a jackhammer for a couple hours to break this bad boy up in to manageable chunks.
There was a large ant colony living under the stoop and in the wood under the front door; the wood is also pretty soft from seventy-plus years of rain seeping between the house and the concrete, so we’ll probably end up cutting that out and replacing the sill under the door. We sprayed the ants (felt bad about doing that, but they can’t live in our house), and now we have to clear out the broken concrete and make sure the rhododendron stump is well and truly dead before we start framing over the top.