So, the lower stairwell got boarded up with pressure treated plywood and then the hole was once again closed in. Now the porch can progress and be rebuilt basically in the same footprint it once had. Travis, and two contractors, Bob and Dave, worked on the closing of the stairs today and then Travis used the skid steer to fill in the hole and level the ground. Tomorrow the forms for the footings will be placed and then hopefully the project will be completed by mid week. Yay!