Are you tired of having to drag a ladder all the way around your house just to get through the door? Sick of hopping up/down to/from your back porch LIKE AN ANIMAL? Well my volunteers from James Madison University and I built some “b e a u t i f u l” back steps to make the deck easily accessible, and you can too!
(Also, shoutout to Megan and Hannah from TCNJ ABC for putting the finishing touches on).
Gotta make sure your concrete slab is long enough for your stairs, yanno?
Step 2 and 3 and a little bit of 4: Set your posts, add the stringers, start your handrails.
Ok, so I got a little excited and forgot to take individual pictures for each part. BUT THINGS ARE COMIN’ ALONG!
Step 4: Handrails
(Volunteers not included)
Step 6: Add the treads
You could just leave it like this. I mean, at this point, you will no longer have to hoist yourself up onto your deck. But let’s keep going shall we?
AKA “spindles” for any non-construction folk.
Finding the center point, making sure each baluster is plumb, measuring them individually, cutting them, installing them, priming them, painting them, painting them again. But that seemed too long for a title…
For ~fancy times~.
PS- The sides were done early on, but we just finished the front bits after the steps were done. Peep them over there below the handrails.
Step next-to-last: Spiff up the posts
If you wanna add some finishing touches.
And the final step……………………
Step on your steps! :)
Congratulations! You did a thing!