Concrete steps - ballpark costs

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Hi all. In Chicago and looking to redo my front concrete stairs to a brick bungalow. 6 steps and the walkway (about 12 ft) to the city sidewalk. Ballpark estimates on what you all have paid? Also, PSI of concrete (if you know)?

I assume you are getting a permit? You will need one for a porch/steps. 

The last set of steps I poured had so much steel and concrete (per engineer) it was ridiculous. So I'll say $5k-$8k.....

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@Benjamin E. - I think you'll find a range between $5k-$10k depending on pulling permits and any special details you want like handrails.

Typically, the lower range with be 2500 psi but I'd suggest always using something higher between 3500-4000 psi to avoid cracking.  The cost difference isn't much and being you are here in Chicago with our awesome winters your money will be well spent.

@Benjamin E. A minimum of 4,000 psi for walkways is required in Chicago.  I put in a 6 step concrete stoop which was 60” wide this past February with 8’ of sidewalk 3’ in width for $9,500.  This was from a business friend doing it on the side.  I was quoted upwards of $16,000 from my licensed contractor.  I do not anticipate any pricing has gone down since then, although concrete itself has stabilized.

Good luck

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