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Best Options For Stairs

Discussion in 'Hardscaping' started by JimLewis, Feb 18, 2010.

  1. JimLewis

    JimLewis LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 6,872

    So aside from options involving SRW blocks and Pavers, what are some methods you guys use for creating a stairway or even just steps down a fairly steep hillside. Let's assume you're not doing any other hardscape work. Maybe just other landscaping. But there is a need for some sort of stairs or steps going downhill to a lower area of the landscape.

    We've done staircases with wood timbers enclosed on each step with compacted gravel laid inside the treads;large flat stone steps, basalt curb stone steps, just rows of single 6"x6" or 8"x8" timbers with gravel behind each step (nothing on sides). But I always struggle with which way to go and I am always looking for something that is affordable and doesn't take too much labor or expense to install.

    I'd love to hear how you guys do these and post your photos if you can too.
  2. JimLewis

    JimLewis LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 6,872

    For instance, here's one example that's common in this part of the country; Basalt Curb Stone steps;


    Basalt Curb Stone CurbstoneA.jpg
  3. JimLewis

    JimLewis LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 6,872

    Here's another option we do sometimes. I borrowed this photo from the web. But it's similar to how we do these sometimes. Wood steps;


    Wood Steps Hillside.jpg
  4. Infinity Landscapes  Inc

    Infinity Landscapes Inc LawnSite Member
    Messages: 168

    hey jim I know your not a concrete guy but somtime on steep hill sides that is the easyist way. less labor with all the leveling etc that goes into natrual stone stairs etc. how many step are you talkin aboat? fyi I flollowed you crew today with the enclosed trailer and man he was vering off onto the sholder several times. Though you would like to know. see ya out in the feild somtime soon
  5. Danscapes

    Danscapes LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 328

    Here ya go. My local hardscape distributor stocks these.

  6. neighborguy

    neighborguy LawnSite Member
    Messages: 186

    Natural chunks of lannonstone. We can either use them as outcropping (large natural shapes) or have them split to certain dimensions (apporx. height, depth, and width). I will try to find a pic or two.
  7. JimLewis

    JimLewis LawnSite Fanatic
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    Yah, those are called ROCKSTEP or something like that, right? Made with GFRC? Light weight concrete product? Awesome!!! I love those. But I can't get anybody to stock them in my area. I see them in the trade journals all the time. Nobody wants to place a huge order of them. I would buy them all the time if I could get them locally. Those are killer!
  8. stuvecorp

    stuvecorp LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 5,245

    It does seem like there isn't a huge amount of options when you put 'affordable' in the mix.:) I have proposed the big slab steps a couple times but haven't yet sold any.
  9. Danscapes

    Danscapes LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 328

    Here is a link for them, Jim. The place I buy them from is called Reading Rock.
    They cost around $100 a piece, and weight 330#.


    There are not any locations on the west coast buy maybe you could get the info from them and see if there is something similiar.
  10. JimLewis

    JimLewis LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 6,872

    Yah, those are nice. But unavailable for me.

    These are the ones I was thinking of (also unavailable)....



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