A step up

7 08 2010

Having lived in our house for three years I thought it was about time I replaced the two bags of cement that formed the step down from utility room  into our garage. Timber left over from our kitchen diner conversion had been lying around for ages, and some of it very substantial mahogany from around the old dining-room patio windows.

Picture of steps from utility room to garage

The finished steps

Having previously had some experience of building steps I decided to repeat my previous technique of building two free-standing platforms and mounting one on top of the other with hidden fixings. They are slightly shallower than a standard staircase (16cm instead of 19cm) and slightly deeper (25cm instead of 24cm), but provide a generous footfall when negotiating awkward items in and out of the house. The entire project was planned on paper, a cutting list drawn up, and all timber cut before assembly began. This was very satisfying as there was just a small piece if rework to embrace the gas pipe which runs along the wall.

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