garden stairs design
landscapes with a large height difference, located on a slope, can be safely called an ideal springboard for the fantasy of a garden architect. This is where you can apply a lot of ideas, sometimes the most unexpected.
Otherwise, garden stairs are prefabricated block structures, superimposed on each other with a certain shift.
The blocks for them are sawn stone, wooden beams, blanks cast from concrete, boxes made of concrete, metal or wood.
In order not to complicate life with complex calculations, for those who decide to make garden stairs on their own, we will give a few recommendations:
- the depth of the tread of the garden step should be a multiple of half the length of the standard step (this is about 30 cm),
- the height of the step can vary between 8-17 cm (no more, otherwise climbing such a ladder will be difficult, and the descent dangerous),
- the lower step can be made slightly lower than the calculated one,
- when forming a place for a step, the soil is cut off, and not filled up, so that the steps do not sink in the future.
Further actions entirely depend on the chosen design of the garden stairs.
There can be many options, and the ones below are just a small part of the vast bank of landscape ideas.
Monolithic steps made of white concrete contrast perfectly with the greenery of the garden. The solution for the landscape in a modern style (modern).
At this garden staircase, the edges of the steps are lined with large stone slabs, the rest of the space is filled with smaller stone. The gaps are covered with a mixture of soil and crushed stone screenings.
Simple and elegant: the angle between the retaining wall and the lawn was leveled by an embankment, the descent along which is carried out by stone steps.
Another non-trivial solution. If you don’t surprise anyone with round stairs, then you don’t often see a combination of steps in the form of a concave and convex arc at the same time.
Tree lovers in landscape design will surely love this solution. A large timber (presumably oak) with a section of 15×30 cm was laid on top of each other horizontally and with a shift. It turned out here are steps that fit perfectly into the terrain.
Fans of «eternal» solutions will surely appreciate this design technique: earthen pockets (slits filled with soil) were left between the steps. Succulents will feel quite comfortable in them.
Admirers of the regular style of garden design can recommend cast steps from stamped concrete.
The English garden style has given the world a lot of ideas. You have seen something similar before, but here greenery decorates the steps of concrete slabs laid out radially. It is quite affordable to do it yourself.
The riser of this staircase is made of brick fastened with cement mortar, and the steps themselves are lined with stone slabs. Time consuming, but, as they say, for the rest of your life 🙂
And this is an element of the Art Nouveau garden: the paths and steps are made of wooden beams. The wood is treated with an indelible antiseptic and tinted to match the color of wenge.
Easy peasy? How to say, try to lay these stone slabs on top of each other, so that you can walk on them without fear. Execution option exclusively for collective work.
Another option for laying garden steps with a wooden beam. True, in such cases, crushed stone backfill is made flush with the level of the step.
This stone staircase and retaining walls framing it look absolutely harmonious with the landscape.
The «green» steps of this staircase are made in the form of retaining walls made of … iron (Corten steel). But a similar option can also be made of concrete with a pouring thickness of 4 cm and with a reinforcing mesh.
Well, what can I say? Expensive solution for elite plots 🙂
And this option is also from the realm of chic. But it is based on the rock of the site itself, and the bright lawn is already an artificial earth embankment … It is very similar to the fact that the steps were cut from a solid massif. All in all, outrageously expensive.
Neatly designed gravel path descent. In order to prevent the loose stone from shifting on the slope, it was reinforced with a transversely laid wooden beam.
It is very similar to the fact that these retaining walls are made of artificial stone. Well, quite a reasonable solution, good for the wallet. By the way. the artificial material gives a lot more options for design and is much lighter both in weight and in work. The steps are made of sandstone slabs.
Beautiful limestone garden staircase. over time (under the influence of natural phenomena), this material becomes even more embossed and expressive.
Bright staircase in the spirit of a Japanese garden. It’s just not entirely clear whether it’s a photoshop or really such an unusual color of the rock … Or maybe it’s a gabbro?
Oh, how good are the stone steps framed by lush greenery in the clouds of blooming catnip!
This terrace with steps is carved into the rock and therefore looks absolutely harmonious.
Remember steps from a bar? It’s the same here, only a beam made of concrete… The gaps are planted with bohemian curtains, and penstemon blooms on the sides.
In the photo: the desire to create a beautiful relief prompted the designer to make a high and long mound, and on it there are steps and a lot of flowering greenery. See what a gentle lilac haze was created with the help of Perovsky curtains. Agree, the picture turned out to be much more interesting than just a mixborder on the lawn. Such a project requires a large area of the site.
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