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Whether your deck design requires a step-or-two or a long staircase with a landing, building your stairs requires forethought, planning and oftentimes tricky construction calculations to get-it-right.

Deck Stair Designs by Archadeck, St. Louis Mo

Deck Stair Designs by Archadeck, St. Louis Mo

In short, deck stairs must be built precisely to meet local building codes for safety. And they need to look great too!

  • Your stairs shouldn’t be too tall or shallow and there’s no room for error.
  • With plenty of style options, building deck stairs can be complex so consider talking with a contractor.
Deck Steps with Guard Rail and Hand Rail, St. Louis Mo, by Archadeck

Deck Steps with Guard Rail and Hand Rail, St. Louis Mo, by Archadeck

Let’s begin by defining the three primary deck stair components:

  • Risers — what you walk on
  • Treads — the enclosed space between the steps
  • Stringers — the sloped boards that provide support under the stairs

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Deck Steps With Flared Design, St. Louis County, by Archadeck

Deck Steps With Flared Design in St. Louis West County, by Archadeck

Just like railings, steps and stairs for your elevated deck, porch or screen room are a primary decision in the outdoor-living design process.

Stairs can provide an elegant element of contrast to an outdoor space or seamlessly blend with an outdoor structure with matching materials.

Nonetheless, steps and stairs should be functional, convenient and improve traffic flow.

Types of steps and stairs include:

  • Full set, single direction deck staircase with a consistent step width.
  • Full set, single direction or turning staircase with landings.
  • Broad, angled, half-moon, or curved step designs for wide backyard spaces.
  • Staircase or steps with a flared design.
  • Z-shaped staircase for traffic flow, space utilization and backyard access. Read the rest of this entry »

Step and stair design for a deck, porch or screen room is an important decision. Outdoor steps and stairs can provide a vivid contrast to a space or match and blend-in with a deck or porch.  But no matter the design choice, steps and stairs should improve traffic flow, providing functionality and convenience.

Take a look at the slideshow below filled with plenty of ideas from Archadeck projects. Read the rest of this entry »

Deck Stair Designs by Archadeck, St. Louis Mo

Deck Stairs by Archadeck in St. Louis — Direction Change, Landings, and Lighting

Stair design for your deck is crucial for traffic flow functionality, aesthetics, use of space and easy home and backyard access.

Thus, the deck plan chosen will influence stair design and construction.

And well designed stairs add your personal style to an outdoor living space, often becoming an impressive project focal point.

Your deck design deserves deck stairs… with stares!

Examples include: Read the rest of this entry »

Vinyl Rail and Deck Stairs in West St. Louis County by Archadeck

Vinyl Rail and Deck Stairs in West St. Louis County by Archadeck

Who would guess that stairs for your deck design are crucial for aesthetics, traffic flow, function, access and space utilization?

It’s true.  Stairs are really important!

Thoughtfully designed and constructed deck stairs will add impressive style to your home and a focal point for your outdoor living space.

And equally important is the type of deck plan you choose which will, in turn, influence certain elements of stair design.

Wide deck stairs are particularly fitting for decks that are low to the ground such as a platform deck or free-standing deck.  Raised decks, multi level decks and two story decks will require stairs (and railings) to meet building code and safety standards; however, there is plenty of design flexibility with style, color, materials and accessories. Read the rest of this entry »

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