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How to Build Masonry Stairs

How to Build Masonry Stairs

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November 18, 2005

A Quick and Easy Guide

by Jason Doane

If your home has outside steps or stairs, a great way to increase the value and looks is to build masonry stairs. New stairs leading to your entry way, deck, or porch will significantly improve your home's aesthetics. This guide is intended to give you a basic idea of how to build masonry stairs. It is not intended to be a step-by-step set of instructions.

First, you will want to determine what you want to make the steps out of. Are you going to use blocks or concrete? This guide assumes you will be making the steps out of masonry blocks.

The next step of how to build masonry stairs is to determine the total rise and run. The total height where the steps will be installed is the total rise. The total run is the horizontal distance between the edge where the stairs will end and the end of were the very bottom step will be.

How to Build Masonry Stairs

The next part of how to build masonry stairs is to place the blocks. You'll want to place the blocks to make a solid base to build the rest of the stairs on. Stack the blocks to form steps up to the desired height. Each step should be around 20 inches from front to back. You'll want to make them bigger or smaller to suit you. You need to make sure the blocks are secure. Depending on what kind of blocks you use, there are many different ways to do this. Most likely you will use mortar to keep them in place. Place the blocks one row of steps at a time and allow any mortar to dry before installing another row.

Building masonry steps isn't a simple project but it can be done by most homeowners with minimal help. Now that you have a general idea of how to build masonry stairs, you're ready to get started on the project. A good place to check for more information is the Internet. If you decide you don't want to do the project yourself, there are websites on the Internet that will refer a quality contractor to you to do the work.

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