Pave stairs in five steps


In the outdoor area, especially for bridging slopes and bumps, the paving of stairs is a stable and inexpensive construction. The design can range from two steps as a short ascent to massive multi-level staircases that bridge up to two meters in height.

Observe regulations and planning permission

If you want to build an external staircase, you can create a safe staircase with relatively little effort by using the method of paving. The substrate must have slight terracing in normally compacted and grown soil.

As paving material paving stones or blocks of concrete, artificial stone, artificial stone or natural stone come into consideration. It is important to plan before paving, which complies with all building regulations and permits a necessary building permit for external stairs. This also includes a possibly arising obligation of a banister.

How to pave stairs

  • paving stones
  • Ready-mixed mortar or
  • Cement and gravel
  • water
  • Spade / shovel
  • spirit level
  • Tape measure or folding rule
  • Guideline and sticks or wooden sticks
  • rubber hammer
  • trowel

1. Stair calculation

Measure the slope and Calculate steps so that you can arrange all the required paving stones. Mark the sideways running lines of the stairs with guide line so that the line later marks the corner edges of the individual steps.

2. terracing

Using spades and / or shovels, lift the ground in a rough staircase and "prick" small terraces in steps. If necessary, compact loose spots in the soil.

3. Mix mortar

Mix the finished mortar or even mixed mortar with water. The amount should be chosen so that you have "paving material" for about thirty minutes.

4th staircase base

Begin by setting the first lower steps, the steps or the pedestal. He must be sunk a few inches into the ground. For stability reasons, an additionally filled gravel layer or a strip foundation may be required.

5. Set levels

Fill the next "terrace" with mortar and set up each step so that it protrudes at least two centimeters above the level below. Align the level with spirit level, rubber mallet and guide cord.

Tips & Tricks

When paving and aligning, consider a slope of the steps leading to the leading edge for precipitation to drain.


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