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Old 05-25-2012, 02:03 PM   #1
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I want to build stairs for my deck that look like the attached image. The stairs will come off the deck down onto the grass. I've looked at different manuals, guides, websites, etc. but I cannot find instructions on building these and what the underlying frame looks like.
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Do a little thinking about it. It's really very simple. You may be trying to over-complicate things.

It's just a deck on top of steps... and there are a couple of ways to accomplish it.

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The 2x6 frame elevated 1-1/2"-- 2-1/4" gives a neat effect. Just remember to install a handrail though, 4 or more risers: http://publicecodes.citation.com/ico...011_par016.htm

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Lights in between those steps would complete the effect!

I'm sure that there are vertical supports within the deck frame across the width of each step, and the 4x4 post help support the ledger for each step level.

Have those in place and you'll achieve your goal. And as GBR stated, if you have 4 or more risers you'll need a rail.
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I don't see how those stairs would pass.

The treads coming down the ends look to be less than 10"

Where's the nosing? 3/4" min to 1 1/4" max.
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I agree, those certainly do not meet the min requirement on the sides but that can be easily fixed. As for nosing, I believe that may be a required aspect for certain city districts, but I'm sure is not required for every deck out there.
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I'm not so much worried about a railing as I will only have 2 risers (3 at most). But the question remains... how would you frame this?
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2x8 box on a 2x8 box on a 2x8 box on a 2x8 box. 2x6 decking and wrap. That'll give you that floating look.

I've done this.
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^ yup, the floating look is achieved by raising the stair risers off of the stair treads and maybe painting the framing behind it all a black color. if you were to stick your head down at eye level and look up into the stair system in the pic there would be framing behind the decking

you could lay all of the dimensions out on the deck band to determine your stair layout and then plumb down to the dirt, the stairs' sides will be the same tread width as the front so each consecutive step landing is two tread widths smaller.
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Here it is in one form. (The very simplest)

I've included it in SKP so you can open it and see how it goes together.

Of course, the ripping measurements would be up to you to figure out.

If you wanted to 45 the corners, naturally, you'd need additional bracing.
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