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Rebuilding front stairs in Mount Pleasant

“The front stairs to our Mount Pleasant row house are crumbling away and need to be rebuilt. Can anyone recommend a mason for this work? Can you give me an idea of what it typically costs? One person told me that it will cost around $4,000 – does that sound reasonable? Thank you!”

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  • I wouldn’t be surprised if it was $4000. The top corner of our concrete stair was cracking and it cost $400 just to fix that! I am drawing a blank on who we used too, but make sure to get 3-5 quotes.

  • $4k is probably at the low to mid range of prices depending on who does the work and how much work is required. Try C&N Construction LLC in Falls Church (owners Cesario and Sandra Esteves). They did similar work for us last summer and we were pleased.

  • HaileUnlikely

    I don’t have any personal experience with the following, but several people on here in the past have recommended Precision Renovation & Construction for masonry work. When you look them up, use the full name as spelled out above – there are at least two other contractors in the area with “Precision” in their names that are not this one.

    • I have used Precision twice before and wholeheartedly recommend them. They did the work I asked quickly and well, with no BS.

  • if they don’t need to be completely removed and replaced you might DIY. I re did my four concrete steps in the spring that were about 25% gone. The job probably cost about 75 bucks with tools and materials, found instructions on you tube. it was a lot easier then i thought it would be and results look great so far, will see how long they last.

    • HaileUnlikely

      Agreed if steps are on a solid foundation; would not mess around with it myself if they are elevated like those in the picture (which I realize is not a picture of the OP’s stairs), i.e., with a walkway or something underneath.

  • I just had my concrete stairs in Mt. Plesant repaired rather than completely removed / rebuilt; wanted them as close as possible to the original. Cost was about $3k. I got a number of bids; used Stone Garden; they did a good job and am happy with the cost / result.

    You can see it at 1737 Kenyon Street NW

    • We used Stone Garden too, and loved the result/cost/time to complete. You can see it at 1730 First St NW. I’d highly recommend them.

  • Try Williams Roque with Next Day Concrete. 301-537-3263. He did a good job with a good price at our house, and although ours was a different sort of project, I know that he could repair/rebuild concrete or masonry steps.

  • If you’re at all handy, and the stairs are stable, I’d DIY this. You can learn how to do all sorts of things online and if it doesn’t work you’re not really that much worse off than if you hadn’t tried. And, you have the potential to save $4k because the materials are inexpensive.

    • right….i can’t believe they charge 4K for this relatively simple job. A good mason could knock that out in a day..with costs of materials coming in under $200. ..wish i got paid 3800 per day.

  • Mine were done this past summer by Edgar’s Masonry, who came recommended from people on this site. I think it was around $4K but included repairing the brick wall on the outer edge. The project involved completely demolishing the steps and pouring new and taking down and rebuilding the little wall.

    • Edgar’s is great but they aren’t cheap. If you’re just talking about making a form and recreating the edge on the step I would think Edgar’s would be overkill. Repointing brick they are among the best. Maybe he has a B or C team for this kind of job.

  • Hi.

    There are a few homes on Fairmont Street NW between Georgia and Sherman Ave that have re-built steps that are absolutely beautiful. You may want to knock on their doors. It will be clear who has new steps on that stretch of Fairmont.

    I hope you post a before and after. Have you thought of contacting one of those shows like Curb Appeal?


  • Hopefully this is not relevant, but if your stairs are painted and the building is older than 1978, it’s likely that there’s lead paint on the stairs. Make sure that whoever does the work is qualified to remove/renovate/dispose of lead paint appropriately, and make sure they actually do so.

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