We Built Steps on a Slope

4 Materials
2 Days

As some of you know, we built our own patio. We then wanted a grand walkway which lead from our deck to the patio. The hillside we needed to traverse to get to the patio was about a 2 foot drop over 20 feet or so. We could have just put in a gravel pathway, but we wanted something bigger and more appealing. So, we built steps on the slope, leading from the deck to the patio.
This is the completed steps, let's take a look at how we got there.
We began by carving out the area where the steps would go and ordering up some ground contact pressure treated lumber and a good waterproofing stain.
Measuring and setting the steps came next. We created U shaped structures and put them in place, shifting the earth around and leveling everything properly.
With the structure in place, we decided to use top soil as a filler. People recommend a 'hard pack' material. However, if in the future we want to remove the steps and plant grass, the top soil will be accepting to this as the hard pack gravel would not.
We left two inches below the top of the step. We rolled out landscape fabric to help prevent any growth from coming up through the gravel. We then poured two inches of 3/4 inch walkway stone into the void.
After completing the steps, we sowed more grass and finished it off with some flower pots and solar lights
We had some stone left over, so we finished a walkway around the deck to the garage door.
This project was fun and fairly easy. It really completed the look we wanted with our new patio. We love the space! It's a nice relaxing area, plenty of shade in the afternoon and plenty of sunlight in the morning. Of course, the view of the mountains help! :)
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3 of 6 questions
  • Barbara
    on Jun 14, 2018

    What happens in the winter when it snows? How would you shovel them?

    • Janice
      on May 26, 2019

      In answer to the person who asked how do u shovel in the winter.

      Nobody goes out there to sit in the winter so you don’t need to shovel

  • Patty Hapeman
    Patty Hapeman
    on Aug 1, 2019

    how long did it take to do this?

    • Andrew @ ScrappyGeek.com
      Andrew @ ScrappyGeek.com
      on Aug 2, 2019

      My wife and I completed it in about a weekends time. We did span it over two weekends because the fair was in town when we started, and we couldn't miss out on treating ourselves to fried dough

  • Fred Ricco Young Jr
    Fred Ricco Young Jr
    on Sep 30, 2020

    Can you tell me what size is that wood used for the hill SLOP.

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  • Geraldine Glover Owen
    Geraldine Glover Owen
    on Jul 6, 2018

    This is smashing, it looks lovely and a water feature would be awesome . Well done, worth all of the hard work  🦋🐞

  • Fred Ricco Young Jr
    Fred Ricco Young Jr
    on Sep 30, 2020

    Yes I will be doing this project next spring God willing. Thank you for this great idea. Awesome!

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