How to Build Cinder Block Steps

by Craig
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.

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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.

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.

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!

These were very easy to build and cost less then $100.

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.

If you have questions, leave them in the comment section below.

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  • Lisa House Lisa House on Apr 03, 2019

    Can this be done without removing the concrete under the current steps? Is there a limit as to the height that can be achieved with the cinder blocks?

  • Terry Terry on Apr 26, 2021

    What kind of sealer

  • 68623900 68623900 on Jul 23, 2022

    You didn't mention filling the blocks with dirt. Also, you skipped over the cutting of the cap stones. You should have shown yourself cutting the cap stones. That's the hard part. The rest is easy. What is a wet saw?

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  • Carole Hale-Kipling Carole Hale-Kipling on Jun 10, 2021

    I have no one to help me do the things that need to be done around his old house!

    I’ve asked several people to build steps to the (deck?) that my husband had built before we married 30 years ago!

    Since his passing last summer, I have taken on several projects but had no clue as to making steps even after watching UTube DIY videos! I am going to use this idea to finally have access to the deck.

  • Nancy Nancy on Jun 25, 2021

    I love the idea, but I wonder if they couldn't be skim coated with either thin wet concrete or tile grout to give a more smooth appearance. Hide the blocky look