Actually, he is going to cut away part of those footings for the stringers. But he can't cut them away to make the stringers exactly normal. I'm going to plant small shrubs on either side when he's done to hide them. Huge, aren't they? That was my husband's handy work 20+ years ago. Now he was the kind who ONLY thought about structure and function and to heck with aesthetics.
ha ha. Additional bricks won't be necessary the way he's doing it. He's doing 4 stringers and attaching everything really well. And, no, we aren't doing railings. I realize that technically we should by code, but I'm hoping the argument that they were never there on this 83 year old house will work. Or that I've seen dozens of porch steps on newer homes than ours with 4 and 5 steps in our town with no railings. Because of the position of the posts for the porch, it would be really hard to figure a way to put a railing and have it look good. And I think it would look silly for two short steps. So what do you think about my original question? Do you think I should have the carpenter make the treads wider so the steps will at least be even with the logs for the flower bed on the right side? Thanks.