Dear PoP – Renovation Recommendations (Porch and Painter)

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“Dear PoP,

It is bonus season at work & while my bonus typically goes directly to the student loans, this year, I was thinking I would love to tackle some nagging house projects.

The 1st project is revamping our front porch — the wood is rotting & our concrete stairs are cracking & the stairs have brick sides that need to be tuck-pointed. I’ve seen lots of stairs in the neighborhood who have “re-faced” their stairs with slate/brick. Do people have any recommendation for this project – pros, cons? Is this something that experienced DIYer could do or should we hire-out? If so, any contractor recommendations.

The other project is painting our 2-story foyer, including repairing plaster walls & painting the ceiling & skylight. Any painter recommendations?”

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