How to Build Cinder Block Steps

5 Materials
6 Hours

I needed some steps going out the back of the garage because the step down was very far. After scouring the internet on how to build regular steps and watching a ton of videos on YouTube, I figured there had to be an easier way.
how to build cinder block steps
So, I drew up some plans for steps and started researching materials to build the steps out of. Then, another search. This time on using cinder blocks to build steps.
how to build cinder block steps
There are other videos out there but they didn't outline the process very well and didn't include the cap stones like I wanted.
how to build cinder block steps
So, back to the design board in laying out how these were going be installed. A quick trip to the hardware store to buy materials, some basic prep work and voila...simple, easy, and inexpensive steps anyone can do!
how to build cinder block steps
how to build cinder block steps
These were very easy to build and cost less then $100.
how to build cinder block steps
how to build cinder block steps
Below is a step by step video of my project and it only took part of the weekend to do!
The video outlines all the steps necessary to build these cinder block steps. The links below are to all the materials used in the build.
how to build cinder block steps
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3 of 43 questions
    on May 13, 2018

    I want to extend my porch so I have more room to move around, possible to do this by adding blocks at same heigtht as porch?

    • Bijous
      on May 14, 2018

      Houses are made of cinder block, so you could expand your porch. However, you'd need to go below your frost level for a footing, cement the block together and maybe even have to use rebar, depending on building codes. Good luck.

  • Mary DiGiallonardo
    on Jun 29, 2018

    Why didn't you put quick cement in the holes of the cinder blocks and on top to make sure the square ones wouldn't shift?

    • Candyhd84
      on Dec 31, 2018

      Perhaps, they live in the south like Florida where we don't worry about a frost line.

  • Marty
    on Jan 30, 2019

    I need to replace my out side steps b/c of termites this is in a Mobile home for side enterance sorry about spelling great idea but County would require some type of permanant railing so have any ideas? Right now steps going up and down both sides i only need one side Help What was the coast for the blocks??

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  • Darlene Williman
    on Jan 21, 2019

    Looks good and cinder blocks are good material. However, it is important you make sure you have prepared your build sight well. If you don't level and tamp the ground/surface under the steps the blocks will shift. I would also have cross stacked the blocks which would have added some stability to the steps. The cross stack of the blocks would have tied them together better and helped cut down on shifting too.

  • Venia5578
    on Jan 24, 2019

    Look simple enough even I could do it. Great job, thanks for sharing, the video & saving me $$$. LOL

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