In the mean time, Peter and I are getting our front lawn ready for a new landing! I'm so excited to have a shady spot to sit during the summer. Our back deck and most of our patio are full sun. I've also thought that in a culture that worships the three car garage... where you don't have to EVER see a neighbor if you don't want to... in such a culture a front landing/porch would give us the opportunity to say hi to the walkers. It's a nice social statement.
We both worked with shovels and picks to level the spot where the landing will go. Peter worked harder than I did... he's bigger... and stronger.