We were still working on the edging, so the tile saw and other assorted construction items were our patio accessories. Pretty, hey?
We used the plate compactor we rented for the patio to also compact the sand base for the stairs.
Then we filled the form up with gravel. We built the forms in an unusual way. We “built” a mock step out of patio stones that was the size we wanted, and then we built the form around that. We repeated that step 5 times and then stacked the forms on top of each other. Not exactly standard procedure I realize, but, hey, the numbers all worked out with the rise we had, and we were flexible for the run. The most important parts of the stairs for us were the depth and rise. We wanted something that could be easily shoveled off in winter and that was easy and natural feeling to walk up and down.
Ah yes, our old friends the hand tamper and shovels.
Then we covered the top of the packed gravel with cement and let that set up (after we let our son draw on the bottom one, of course). You can see all of the pavers set up below. It took a lot of them to cover the tops and fronts of the stairs.
Then it was time to put the paver stones on top. We mixed up a bagged mortar specifically for this and went to work. You can see it got quite late and we ended up using the truck headlights for a while.
We didn’t even stop to eat. Except for pie right out of the plate and licorice. I guess that glass of milk was healthy…
And finally all finished.
Can I just say that I love the front of our house now? That we worked like mad demons all summer to get it all done and that I am thrilled with the results? That I am so glad all the heavy lifting is over?
I am off to do some DIY/ crafts around here that involve soft textures and edges. Ones that don’t require dollies or gloves or weeks and months of backbreaking labour to do. But I can’t wait for the snow to melt in the spring so I can hang out on the patio and stairs!