I tore up the Disaster'De'Builder and found the base was a mix of pieces of brick, wood and, well, bottle caps, etc. on top of a pre-formed concrete set of stairs. It fell apart and I cleaned out the crap and then filled it in with Quikrete, and it came out fairly decent. I tried to level with the pre-formed concrete steps and came pretty close.
I did not put in flashing yet, but will be doing that tomorrow and trimming the clapboard away from under the door to install the face plate under the door.
Taking suggestions how how to finish this up. Someone I live with suggested I frame around the top with wood to match the other steps leading up to it, then just fill with gravel and sand and set the bricks into that instead of using mortar. This is how the other steps are set up that lead up to the front stoop as you can see at the very bottom of the picture.
Thoughts? Perhaps any masons on the site interested in taking this small job on?