I would like to add a plywood landing to the garage and kitchen door entryway from the concrete stoop. The Cinder block garage, which was built later and abuts the house, has a horizontal crack that runs below where I want to attach a 2”x4” ledger with concrete screws. The plywood landing, which would connect to the sloped stoop, would be about 29” x 8’ with some sort of railing.
Is it necessary to chip out and re-point the cinder block bed joints with mortar? It is getting pretty cold for mortar to set here in Northern Illinois. I can try to notch the legs that support the ledger but the floor is pretty uneven too.
I was planning on attaching a ledger to the wall and stoop in a L shape fashion. Since the stoop has a slope should I just add a transition piece or should I build it sloped to match?
Also, the stair rise is high, the first stair is 10 1/2” and the second one to the top of the landing is 7 1/4”. Should I just add a wood step to the bottom floor and secure it somehow?
This is for an 84 year old elderly family member who has a hard time with the steps. Any tips you may have on construction and design are appreciated.