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pttcc 02-14-2011 02:28 AM

How to build front entryway steps
 
I have to make a decision about how to build my front entryway steps.

My frontdoor threshold is 20 inches higher than the outside ground. So I need two stair steps plus the landing area (a small deck).

If I build form then pour concrete, I need about a yard. I am afraid the weight will cause the foundation to settle unevenly.

If I build a deck with treated wood, the curb appeal will be awful.

I am capable to DIY either project by now. However I don't feel good about neither. Could anyone give me any advice? Thanks a lot!

fungku 02-14-2011 02:52 AM

Making them out of wood doesn't mean poor curb appeal:

I framed these ones with PT.

before
https://lh4.googleusercontent.com/_W...ye4/demo01.jpg

After-ish (before painting and finishing a few small trim details)
https://lh6.googleusercontent.com/_W...gEmsbU4/17.jpg

Looks much better painted gray and white, but no photos on my computer.
https://lh4.googleusercontent.com/_W...576/done02.jpg
Also they're having a new walkway put in. It will be level with the bottom step.


But anyway, you can get creative, don't limit yourself to pouring concrete or a PT deck.

fungku 02-14-2011 03:07 AM

You don't have to be elaborate to look half decent.

Here is a plain landing with 2 treads, found from google:

http://lh5.ggpht.com/_Wav_OBcogJE/TO...jpg?imgmax=800


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