Decks and backyards are both great places for outdoor living. Too often, though, they’re almost completely disconnected from each other both physically and visually. But with a few tools and basic framing skills, you can build a great-looking stairway to integrate the deck and yard.
As you can see, we accomplished this on our deck redo with a unique three-sided “wraparound” staircase. This type of staircase is a little more complicated than the average one, but it creates a one-of-a-kind look for your deck. We have plans that walk you through the entire construction process in detail at WorkbenchSpecials.com.
A staircase like this takes a bit of prep work upfront to make it a reality. On our deck, we started with cutting off the corner of the deck at an angle to accommodate the stairs. After that, we installed stringer supports, which are just boards mounted under the deck to hold the stringers. We also had to carefully lay out and mark the locations of the concrete footings, so they aligned with where the bottoms of the stringers would be.
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The stairs have a post-and-railing system that matches the railing assembly on the deck itself. The only difference here is that the pieces get mounted at an angle, so all the cuts on the railings also need to be made at an angle.