Isn’t the name of this post mystifying? It’s not any ‘ol DIY project…it’s THE Do It Yourself Project. What could it be? Well…to DEmystify the title…let’s go with this title instead, DIY Super Simple and Super Hard But Super Cheap and Probably Not Very Safe Outdoor Steps. Not so exciting anymore huh?
I decided that I needed some steps in between the raised garden beds that I built into our big slope of a back yard. Okay…maybe I didn’t need them, but I think that steps make it a little easier to get up and down the hill…unless you’re on skates…that would be hard…but…hello…who gardens in skates these days?
This is what I am working with:
I love the organic feel of those huge natural stones. They are gorgeous, but come on, who’s going to be carrying around those mammoth rocks? So, I had to search for other ideas. Something that I could handle by myself. Like this:
It isn’t AS aesthetically pleasing, but it isn’t too hard on the eyes either. Plus, it serves it’s purpose.
I started off by measuring the area from top to bottom and then from the high point of the hill to the low point. These measurements gave me an idea of how many steps I would need.
I tried to find a retainer brick that matched the color of grout on our house.
Starting with the bottom step, I got to digging. (hardest part)
I had planned on using one row of blocks per step (like in my inspiration pic above), but quickly found that the hill was too steep and so I doubled the middle rows. Does that make sense? Maybe the next picture will explain…
After digging out 2 wheel barrows of dirt all of the bricks were put into place. Then, I just added the rocks and pebbles:
Before with no steps:
After with steps:
It’s actually pretty stable…maybe not for a 90 year old. It will be interesting to see what happens after it settles a little.
Total cost of project: Retainer blocks x 13 $1.35 each (on sale right now at Lowe’s), Sand $3.11, River Rock x 2 $3.98, Pea Gravel $3.65 = $35! Not too shabby! (Tools and fabric and my muscles were already on hand.)
So…what do you think of the new steps? I know exactly what you are thinking…gheeettttto FABULOUS!!
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