so i am building this deck basically. it's 22 ft total width. i am trying to figure the stairs. they will terminate on the lawn which is level going away from the deck, but side to side it slopes from a total rise of 23" on the left to 26" on the right spanning about 18 ft.. the 23" end is good for 3 rises but the 26" end exceeds the 7 3/4" maximum rise, so 4 rises would be needed. so the question is how to account for this difference. adding in dirt or digging out more to level the ground is out of the question for this large of a span, so i figure i'd either taper it off by doing 4 rises starting at 26" and have the low end have a shorter ( 3 1/2") first step, or go with 3 rises starting from the 23" and have the high end have a extra high ( 10 3/4 ") first step. Of course either way the stair treads would be level when finished. or should I do something else altogether? again leveling the ground is out.