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A week of vacation has just passed and we can – besides the excursions – also look at a good progress on our construction site. Basement foyer and the office were partially replastered and repainted. But we also accomplished quite a bit outside. The boarding on the house wall now goes across the east side to the middle of the south side. And, I built a staircase into the slope leading to the parking lot.
This staircase will connect the large double parking lot adjacent to the driveway directly with the new paver walkway to the rear entrance.
Old town pavers for the garden stairs
First, we went to the local building materials dealer for advice because we had seen large stair treads from the RINN company there. However, these would be with a dimension of 100x15x40 with over 100kg clearly too unwieldy to be able to do something here alone. Secondly, we would have ended up with a price of over EUR 1000 – and that for a simple garden staircase.
So the plan was made to build the stairs with lawn curbs and paving stones from RINN (Altstadtpflaster) by ourselves.
The path to the new garden stairs is paved
As always with such projects, the first step was to measure and plan. To get my measurement, I first had to finish building the paver walkway behind the single parking space to the edge. Much was already done so that I only had to remove the chippings and lay the paving stones.
Measure and align garden stairs
After that I had the starting point for my staircase as well as the angle or the escape. The steps should have a standardized height of 15cm and a net tread depth of 35cm – this would correspond to two rows of paving stones plus kerbs and joints.
Next to the stairs should also be laid a large empty pipe as a precaution. You never know when and where you might want to pull cables later on.
So I pulled my straightedges and looked forward to digging half the slope away again during my vacation week. Due to the wet and cold weather, the loamy soil was of course even “better” to dig.
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Building garden stairs with concrete curbs
After I had dug the first meters I started to set the borders. So I measured my 15cm step height and the thickness of the pavers plus the leveling chippings and set the next curb at that height.
To get enough “meat” to attach I chose the 30 deep boards at this point. I then set these in enough concrete – but not too much so that the pavers would still fit later.
Subsequently, I set then left and right adjacent in each case the boards to give the stairs the necessary stability. To avoid backwater, I installed small drainage at each corner.
Then the whole was filled with chippings, pulled off in dare and laid the paving stones. By the way, the top step is slightly crooked.
However, since I have already installed a small slope in the upper walkway to allow rain and snow to drain away, this could not be avoided.
A platform for the garden stairs
Piece by piece, things progressed. Again and again I dug my way into the slope. Originally, 11 stages were planned. But I decided to build a step platform in between at the end.
This should be slightly sloping. If the two pitches were to be finished later, a step height of approx. 15cm should also result here.
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On the pictures you can see the construction progress quite well. After all the stones were laid, I drove over them again with the vibratory plate on the path at the top and on the small platform at the bottom.
I hammered in the stones in the steps with a board and hammer.
Finally, I spread a generous amount of joint grit to close the joints.
Certainly, not everything has turned out perfectly. But when the sides are covered and the large pitch is finished, you will only see the treads – and they look really chic 🙂