The existing concrete step base had settled. Note the large space in the before pictures at the top tread and how mortar is present to show the original height. Imagine Brick removed the original steps and concrete base. A new base was constructed using steel to tie the new footing into the stoop to prevent any further settling problems. The new steps totaled five treads. The original steps totaled four and had settled enough to justify a complete tread when reconstructed. Solid brick are also used for the best look.
What it was like before: