Stairs

 

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Typical granite steps are cut at the bottom and top. The even thickness of 7" makes them easy to stack over each other.

The top side is almost always thermal treated, i.e. worked with a high heat flame which flakes off the surface and gives it a texture that looks more natural than a cut surface, and it is grittier to walk on.

     
  At this house front the steps have been installed in a way as to widen and open up the entrance. (design: Green Art, installation by Blue Ledge Stonework)
     
  An informal set of stairs mad of hand-quarried granite treads. To set irregular steps requires much fitting and cutting.
     
  A set of steps is installed in the line of a wall and made of the same material as the wall. A small stone post has been added at the side of the steps.
     
  Rustic garden steps were installed as part of this wall in order to provide access from the garden above to the driveway below.
     

Before: a slope needs improvements. The contact zone between slope and house corner is eroding, and to reach from the entrance above to the driveway below requires a long walk.

 

The house corner has been stabilized with a dry-stack retaining wall. Rustic steps have been installed to shortcut from the entrance to the driveway.

     

The terracing of this back yard provides opportunity to have two smaller flights of steps instead of one larger one - which is more comfortable to walk and gives the design a softer look.

 

It is quite a task to remove a set of concrete stairs in order to replace it with more elegant granite steps.

 

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