How To Build Patio Steps From Pavers (DIY Step-By-Step w/ Videos)

Do you have a patio in your backyard?

Do you find yourself wishing you had steps to get up to your patio, even if it’s only slightly higher than the rest of your yard?

Have you ever considered installing patio steps on your own to solve this problem?

In this article, we’ll teach you everything you need to know about how to build patio steps from pavers. You’ll learn what materials you need and how to go about this easy and fun DIY project that almost anyone can accomplish.

Whether you’ve had experience laying pavers before or this is your first time working with masonry and stone, you’re sure to enjoy the end results when you follow this easy step-by-step guide. This is a project that can be completed in just a few hours for most people, and it’s simple and affordable enough that almost anyone can do it, too.

If you find yourself in need of steps to reach your patio, read on!

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Materials

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  • Spade
  • Level
  • Trowel
  • Pegs and strings
  • Mortar
  • Paver slabs
  • Crushed stone or gravel
  • Post
  • Quick-mix concrete

Steps

  • 1
    Begin by measuring the space you’ll need for the steps. First, measure the height of the slope from the bottom to the top step. To do this, place a peg at the top of the slope and another one at the bottom. Tie a string between them and ensure that the string is level with the top of the slope. The distance between the string and the ground will give you the height.
  • 2
    Divide this number by the height of one riser—that is, one step. This height will differ depending on the steps you choose.
  • 3
    Use this information to place pegs and strings around the area to determine where each individual step will be located.
  • 4
    Use the trowel to dig out the soil for each individual step. Compact the soil for each one and check it with your level to ensure it’s even.
  • 5
    ​​​​Now you’re going to build the footing, or the bottom of the stairs. To do this, dig out a footing space that is twice the width of your pavers and six inches deep around the base of the bottom step.
  • 6
    Fill it with four inches of crushed stone or gravel.
  • 7
    Mix the concrete according to the directions on the package and fill the hole the rest of the way with the concrete.
  • 8
    Fill the first riser space with enough gravel to reach the height of the previous step (or, in the case of the first step, the height of the footer). Then spread ½ inch of mortar on top of this.
  • 9
    ​​​​Lay your pavers one at a time with about ½ inch of space between each one.
  • 10
    Continue layering mortar and pavers until you reach the height of the first step. Use string and a level to make sure everything is even and laid in a level fashion.
  • 11
    Repeat steps 8-10 until you have built enough steps to reach the height you’re trying to work with.
  • 12
    Congratulations! You have just completed your steps made out of pavers. You can also follow the same directions to build steps out of bricks or even slabs of concrete, depending on your needs and preferences.
  • 13
    When you’re finished building your steps, be sure to leave them alone for a couple of days to cure properly before you walk on them.

Conclusion

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Do you feel confident in your ability to go out there and build patio steps out of pavers now? As you can see, there’s a lot to learn about this project, but overall, it’s fairly simple to complete. If you’ve never tried anything like this before, however, you may want to have someone else available to help you out, since there are always some challenges with projects like this one.

Although you may not have ever considered using pavers for this type of project before, they can actually make for some incredibly beautiful steps that will add a touch of class to any patio or backyard space. Here are some of the many pros of building steps out of pavers:

  • Pavers can be purchased to match your existing patio. You don’t have to worry about whether or not the patio steps will match the surface of the patio when you go this route, as long as your patio is also made out of pavers. This can be a great benefit for anyone looking for a very cohesive backyard patio space.
  • Pavers hold up well to a lot of wear and tear. They can withstand exposure to tons of elements and lots of weather events, and they don’t crack or break easily when they’re walked on often, either. This makes them an excellent choice for backyards and patios that see a lot of foot traffic, as well as families with lots of kids and pets who will be running up and down the steps often, too.
  • Pavers are very easy to work with and not too expensive. They may not be the most affordable step material option out there, but they’re also not the most expensive, so they tend to fall into most budgets fairly well.

There are, of course, always some downsides to anything, and using pavers as steps is no exception. Here are a few cons you may want to keep in mind when deciding whether or not this DIY project is right for you:

  • Pavers can break more easily if something gets dropped on them than other types of steps can. This means that, if you’re carrying something heavy up the stairs and drop it on your paver steps, there’s a good chance you’re going to need to repair your steps sooner or later.
  • Pavers as steps sometimes tend to invite the growth of moss and mildew more than other surfaces. You’re going to need to pay close attention to cleaning and maintaining your paver steps to prevent this from happening, and in some parts of the world, it may happen no matter how careful you are.
  • Pavers are also prone to having weeds growing up through the cracks they form naturally over time. This is normal but it may take away significantly from the aesthetic appeal of your backyard, especially if the weeds get too out of control during the summer months.

Although the style of patio steps made out of pavers may not be for everyone, you may find that you love the look and appearance of this type of step, too. Take your time and consider whether or not this option is best for you before you go out and purchase your materials. And if you do choose to go through with this project, we know you’re going to love the end results!

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