In time for our first inspection, regardless of the threat of rain and the seemingly unending trips to the store for yet MORE bags of cement, we have built ourselves a landing!
This was the space before~obviously not a good way to get into the house from a spinal perspective, as the difference between the ground and the door is about 18 inches, but it is the door of choice for frequent use as it has a nice little corner just inside the door, which will be perfect for shedding boots, coats and dirty clothes. We needed something more, and with A LOT of coaching from our trusty contractor Don, we made this:
We've got two steps, a nice place to dry your feet and room for some plants and a chair. Perfect! This was all much harder than it looks and Papa reminded me several times that I thought I was going to tailor this out in a day. I am often reminded of a book titled "The house always wins". Maybe once a few more of our house battles have been fought (and lost/won, depending upon perspective) I'll have time to read it!