<img height="1" width="1" style="display:none" src="https://www.facebook.com/tr?id=996690293685739&ev=PageView&noscript=1" />
51K

DIY Outdoor Staircase

51K
When we moved into our home two years ago we knew we needed to fix the stairs and walkway that came off the driveway to the back patio of the house. The stairs were built about 18 years ago and were completely sloped, slanted, crooked...you name it. An accident waiting to happen.
  • diy outdoor staircase, decks, outdoor living, patio, stairs
These are the original stairs and by looking at the picture they don't look too bad, but they are totally slanting down the hill and almost impossible to walk on. The before and after might not look that drastic, but in person the change was huge.
  • diy outdoor staircase, decks, outdoor living, patio, stairs
We ripped up the stairs one at a time beginning at the bottom and rebuilt each one. Before beginning the stair positioning and spacing was measured out and marked. You have to be very careful to keep your measurements accurate. If you mess up 1 inch at the bottom it will impact how you finish the stairs.
  • diy outdoor staircase, decks, outdoor living, patio, stairs
Each stair was built with ground contact treated 6x6. Each board was fastened to the ground using a 2ft piece of rebar and then pinned together using a 12inch spike.
  • diy outdoor staircase, decks, outdoor living, patio, stairs
All the old wood was removed, but we kept the original slate stone to use for the re-build which saved us a ton of cash.
  • diy outdoor staircase, decks, outdoor living, patio, stairs
Of course we asked the question...won't these slope down the hill again in another 18 years? Well, yes and no. Anything is possible. We added the rebar to each stair re-build; the original stair case did not have. We also corrected a water drainage issue that was at the top of the stairs adjacent to the driveway. This allowed water to pour down the hill and get under the stairs causing major erosion.
  • diy outdoor staircase, decks, outdoor living, patio, stairs
This is the original bottom of the stair case and the walkway.
  • diy outdoor staircase, decks, outdoor living, patio, stairs
Now that the building is done landscaping will be added in the fall.
  • diy outdoor staircase, decks, outdoor living, patio, stairs
There are 14 stairs total. We also plan to add lights to the stairs once the budget allows.
  • diy outdoor staircase, decks, outdoor living, patio, stairs
Along the right side of the stair case there are evergreen bushes between the stairs and the house. We added a full bed of pine straw or pine mulch and it fills in the area nicely instead of having to use regular wood mulch. This gives a varied texture.
  • diy outdoor staircase, decks, outdoor living, patio, stairs
We had 3 estimates on the labor cost of the project and we were quoted between $3-4K for just labor. We completed the stairs and the walkway with treated 6x6's, gravel dust, rebar, large nails/pins and slate stones we already had. Both projects cost around $800 for supplies to complete the stairs and the walkway.
  • diy outdoor staircase, decks, outdoor living, patio, stairs
Glad the project is over! Now I'm saving for the outdoor LED lights to attach to the stairs. Adding lights and finalizing the landscaping will be lovely.

To see more: http://sweetnsourgumballs.com/2015/06/diy-garden-path-phase-3-stair-reveal/

  • Hannah V
    Hannah V Brooklyn, NY
    on Jul 6, 2015

    Goodness gracious this is impressive. Phenomenal job. Thanks for sharing! :)

  • Miriam I
    Miriam I Bay Shore, NY
    on Jul 7, 2015

    So inspiring. Thank you for posting!

  • Faith Priester
    Faith Priester Greenville, MI
    on Jul 7, 2015

    Very nice - where is the handrail??

  • Judy Bradley
    Judy Bradley Niceville, FL
    on Jul 7, 2015

    Looks great! I can't even imagine how hard it was to do this!

  • Brenda Nielsen
    Brenda Nielsen Oxford, AL
    on Jul 7, 2015

    I love it, would like that down to my pool.

Inspired? Will you try this project? Let the author know!