Landscape And Garden Design Ideas

For those who have more than one level of ground in the garden, you will need steps to go from one level to another. Best Practices Guide to Residential Construction , by Steven Bliss John Wiley & Sons, 2006. Fill the hollow cores and at least 12 in. (300 mm) behind the blocks or more to accommodate the next stair riser with wall rock. These stairs are beautiful, with sayings and names written on each step as you walk up the 140+ steps. Don’t let them look back down (use the GG Bridge views and the garden along side as a distraction… turn around, mid-point at the landing. You probably picked the best of the litter, but give your pallet another once-over for chipped wood and loose nails.

Wood pallets could perhaps be cleaned up as an industry when it comes to chemical treatments. The buried side rocks along the edge and the natural paved boulder gives the all naturalistic landscape design. When we encounter steps and a deck such as the version shown in our photo (above left) we are confident that the construction was done without the benefit of building permits and code approvals, is unsafe, and may harbor other hidden structural or safety hazards. Understand how to prepare the ground and then how to build brick and slab steps in the garden.


To find the number of steps needed, measure the total rise of your slope in inches and divide by 8 in. (200 mm) – the approximate height of a block. The amount of space you have or the steepness of a slope may dictate the size of your steps for you. Fix stringers to angle brackets at foot of steps and screw nail to ledger ensuring that they are located parallel, vertical, and at spacing as required for treads. Next, attach the 45” length with wood glue and a nailer to the front edge of the second step, keeping the edges flush to the rise of the second stair and all the way down. Continue digging out the path and laying steps in the same way to the desired height on the hillside.

Starting with the three pieces cut at 65”, you are going to attach them to the top stair edges using wood glue and a nailer. If after construction a deck or stair tread board misbehaves and cures with a concave cup that will tend to hold water (and form algae, ice and slip hazards such as discussed at Slippery Stairs, Walks ), drill small drainage holes in the center of the cupped board. A Milkwood Permaculture Design Course teaches you the skills and knowledge to design and implement fundamental and life-changing resilience into your everyday home, community and beyond. I was looking at your article from last year about the 13 different garden benches.

They are perfectly suited for creating random garden pathways, or perhaps as a way of crossing a garden lawn in wet conditions. And some stair design requirements, such as stair treads that will not hold water, naturally pertain principally to outdoor stairways. Curving steps gracefully follow the lines of the bay windows behind them, creating a sense of movement between the outside and inside of the house. We add some more subtle warnings about outdoor stairs and stair construction, and tips or tricks of carpentry and masonry to avoid problems with stairs. To trim out the inside railing, you are going to repeat the same steps as you did for the outside railing.

For comfortable ascent with longer stairways, limit the step rise as indicated but also provide a landing at the half way point with a maximum of eight steps between landings” but ensure all risers are the same throughout. The front walkway usually leads to the entrance hall, and is its outdoor counterpart; it is also the transition area from the street to the house just as a terrace or patio is a transition from the house to the garden.