The Chirping Frog
The Chirping Frog
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  • Glen Carbon, IL

Floating Staircase


When planning out our back patio spaces my husband and I saw a tree-house in a magazine that we fell in love with. It had a wrap-around cantilevered staircase. We both knew we had to try that, and we had the perfect opportunity so we went for it.
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My husband has poured lots of flatwork but never a wall. This was our first. When putting the framing up for the retaining wall we had to cut holes for rebar. The rebar is in an L-shape (the other end is embedded in the wall, and he wasn't happy about cutting holes. Each hole cost $ but he couldn't come up with another sure-fire way to "float" the stairs).
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Hubby framing. I'm his extra set of hands aka the runner. He framed up every other stair so it took two pours to get the staircase done.
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Here's the first pour.
floating staircase, concrete masonry, diy, stairs
First half done with framing removed. Getting ready to frame up the second half.
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We stamped them. I am doing more coloring later.
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Here's the back view (wait till you see what I did with that retaining wall... )
floating staircase, concrete masonry, diy, stairs
Here's the front view. We have a large, cantilevered (over the lake) patio at walkout level with a fire-pit. The stairs lead up to another patio at main floor level that has a patio table and grill area. Maybe someday we'll quit working so much, get all our little projects done and just enjoy the space.

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  • Rhonda Longacre Hillstrom
    on Oct 21, 2014

    Looks amazing!!!

  • Donna
    on Jul 31, 2018

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    Donna


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