I'm a glutton for punishment, yes this is the house I'm catching crap for most likely buying... I have to re-build the back stoop. The existing stoop was poured in 1920.. Right now from ground up it's a 2 inch thick (visible) 4'x4' slab in a 90degree corner with a 7 inch thick 3'x3' slab on top of that, then about 3 inches to the door threshold. The stoop is in a corner, so the bottom slab is sorta shaped like an L, and against the house foundations. The bottom slab is cracked and deformed, and the top one is cracked on the sides, looking like there's starting to be some decay at the foundation part which I'm afraid will start pooling water, which I've heard is concrete's enemy. So my thoughts are to simply pour another inch of conrete on top of the bottom slab, 2 inches on top of the top slab, and 1 or two inches out on the sides of the top slab. My questions are: Is my first-thought method a bad idea? Is it necessary to break up and remove or just break up the old stoop first, and completely reform the entire thing? What kind of concrete should I use? Should I rent a mixer, mix it in a wheelbarrow, or call a cement truck? A mixer truck might not be a bad idea, but then I'll have a lot of prep work, because with that volume, I'm going to also add a 6 inch-out extension to the foundation on the side of the house and the garage, patch side of the front stoop (decayed pretty bad), possibly re-pour the entire front walk to the street, and re-pour a new 20 sq-ft patio in the back next to the stoop in question. That stuff's originally intended over the next few years, but if doing the back stoop (which needs more immediate attention as it's our main entrance and exit) is best done with cement from a truck and not a couple bags in a wheelbarrow, I'd rather pay that massive price at once, than higher prices spread out... Also, anyone know what's supposed to support a gravel walk?? Putting it on dirt doesn't seem right to me, and I can't find an resources on the web about a gravel walk (plenty about the $5 a piece paving stones, though...).