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covering awkward concrete steps

We recently moved into a house with awkward concrete steps going out the back door.  The rise is almost 12 inches.  Busting out the concrete is out of the question.  How could I disguise this and make the steps easier to climb?

Anyone know how to calculate and lay out the stringer for a wood/and composite cover up?  I think I know how but would love input.

- Debby

Re: covering awkward concrete steps

HI Debby,

Why is removing the old steps not an option? That is what needs to happen, remove the old concrete, use the rubble to fill in the new form, and pour new concrete. Or just build new wood steps after removing the concrete.

The only thing that you can do with your current plan, is to build a small platform over the steps, and then build the size and number of steps that you like off the side of the platform. Another option would be a ramp over the concrete steps.


Handy Andy In Mt Airy NC

Re: covering awkward concrete steps

Thank you for the input Andy.   

Number one reason the steps can't be removed is the concrete steps are contiguous with the patio and roof to the old storm cellar.  No one, even the best of the best concrete contractor can keep the damage from spreading to the storm cellar and right now that cellar is dry.  I'm not taking the chance that it won't be.  

I live in Oklahoma in an area that seems to attract tornados like a magnet.  We managed to ride out a few storms inside our previous house but the safety of concrete cellar built into the hill is worth more than the cost of a platform to get steps I can use easily for the rest of my life.  

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