Deck step (pressure-treated)

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Project by Beautifulsunshine87 posted 08-11-2015 09:59 PM 1368 views 0 times favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch

My parents needed a step off their deck to help with the 18inch drop. They didn’t need anything fancy, and I wanted to build something rather than use stringers. This box ended up being very heavy, very solid and by coating the whole thing with pressure-treated wood preservative, the colour ended up working out nicely.

For those of you wondering, yes the back piece is a different colour. This is because I ran a bit short on PT wood so I had to make due with a piece of 2×4. It ended up working well anyway.

My folks seem to like it and it provides a safe step down off the deck, which is what they wanted. Success!

-- Beautiful Sunshine Woodworking

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#1 posted 08-12-2015 02:27 AM

18 inch rise ? I would be thinking three steps….....just saying…..

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#2 posted 08-12-2015 02:57 AM

Glad they like it but…. And I praise your efforts! 6” or 7” steps are easy to walk though!
But now you have two 9” steps and that’s a bit to high of a step for even a young person. If you made two 6” steps you would have ended up with three, six inch steps =18” total….. and that would have made a much easier hike up and down.
Just saying!

-- St Augustine FL, Experience is the sum of our mistakes!

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#3 posted 08-12-2015 02:36 PM

I agree with both of you. My parents had requested a 12-16inch wide step down from the deck for comfort’s sake, that could be installed into the side of the little hill. Although I wanted to have less than a 9 inch top step (that way I could have installed brackets and screws to hold it all against the deck) this is what we ended up with.

Because of how the first step is set into the earth, it actually looks and feel more like a 6-7inch step, and the second one is a bit taller, but still comfortable. I tried it several times going up, down, etc, and it felt fine and solid to walk on. Ultimately though, I understand that this could have been done differently with two smaller steps. Last minute plans and a quick box build made more sense for me. I appreciate all the comments though!

-- Beautiful Sunshine Woodworking

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