Creating outdoor stone steps on a budget.
Certainly one of the main reasons we purchased our current home was the wooded and secluded lot. Steve and I immediately knew this was the backyard we were looking for.
We love to hike and enjoy nature and that’s exactly what this property offered.
However, it did come with its challenges. In particular, with the entire backyard on a slope and many areas very steep, we needed to come up with an affordable idea to create a series of stairs.
At first I thought flagstone or fieldstone stairs would be amazing until I priced them out. Yikes! That would never fit into our budget.
Then the idea came to me, why not make steps like I see on hiking trails. Where there is a rock or log retaining soil behind it.
As it happens we even had a large amount of leftover stacked stone from a little retaining wall we had built. So the cost of this project would be minimal.
For centuries stone has been used for stairs, in fact they may be some of the oldest structures. Whether used outdoors or indoors these stone structures have stood the test of time.
Outdoor stone stairs constructed thousands of years ago still exist.
Excavation of ancient settlements in Pakistan feature stone steps that they date back to 2500 BC.
The first stairs made from flat stones or hewn logs that were stacked to overcome the challenges of the terrain.