Most home properties present with some sort of a grade making the installation of outdoor steps an ideal option for creating not only a safe, but a convenient passageway across your grade and property. Whether you are having to move from a walkout deck to your backyard grass area or from a patio or an upper area to a low grass area, the installation of steps may be the ideal solution for you.

Back yard or front yard steps are available in a wide range of materials and designs. The team here at Harpeth Valley Hardscapes wants to take this time to offer some insight on the different style steps you can create and design for your outdoor living space.


Stone and wood are two of the most favored and common materials to use when building outdoor steps. If you have a wooden patio or deck in your backyard, then wood stairs would be the perfect choice. It is also an ideal option for extended lengthy areas you want to cover as well. Wood is very affordable and can create a safe access to a raised patio, deck or other living area or even a safe access to an exterior door. Easily available, lumber can be used to create solid, stylish steps in nearly any length in your outdoor living space. You can also attach railing to your stairs if necessary.

Stone is also a very popular material choice for in-ground outdoor steps. You can build steps into a steep grade in your backyard or you can build them to provide access to a deck or patio. The team here at Harpeth Valley Hardscapes can install large, single piece stone steps or, if you prefer, we can build a set of steps with compacted soil with stones and pavers that are strategically placed to create a unique, classy look.




You want to be sure that your newly installed steps are designed for traffic in your yard to flow smoothly and comfortably. To accomplish this, it is important to use the minimal rise and run that is required by your local building standards and codes. The minimal rise is the height of each step and the run is the depth of each tread. The path you create should be safe, simple and easy for your family and guests to travel.

Yet another basic design is that of a landing. A landing is used to break up lengthy flights of outdoor stairs and should be designed wide enough to accommodate the steps. The landing should also be large enough, typically 4-foot square, to allow individuals to comfortably make the turn when venturing up or down the stairs.

Finally, you want to ensure that the tread is designed to avoid the presence of a slippery surface. This can be accomplished by using a specific texture that prevents slipping. You also want to check with your local building standards and codes to determine whether or not your outdoor steps are required to have a railing of some type attached.



Here at Harpeth Valley Hardscapes our team of highly skilled specialists is on hand to help with all your important decision making. We want our clients to know that when you choose the appropriate style, material and design, your outdoor steps can not only add to the aesthetic appeal of your home, but add to the overall usability of your outdoor living space and to the value of your home as well. For more information about our stylish stair designs, or to schedule a free consultation, reach out to one of our friendly consultants or designers today!

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