This is the bottom of the entry steps, the picture was taken from Railroad grade and looking back up towards the Inn. Here - the steps - while set in mortar, were left unfinished on the top. This made for an irregular walking surface (never a good idea on stairs). We found a form of cement that was easily applied in a very thin coat. Essentially - we skim coated the steps to make the treads of all the stairs far more foot friendly. A humorous anecdote about this project - after we had finished coating the treads of the steps - we had placed barricades at the bottom and top - and no sooner than we had done that - some giant great Dane broke loose from his owners grip and wound up galloping up the freshly cemented stairs. The dog made some handsome footprints. When I heard about his - I wound up coating the stairs a second time.