I just completed a bluestone walkway to the front of my prefab stairs and
would now like to build a round brick stairway as a replacement for the
current stairs that came with the house when it was built.
I would like to build the stairs to look similar to this
or like this
I have scoured the internet looking for any type of plans or instructions
that show how this type of stairway is created.
Could anyone help point me in the right direction?
Thanks in advance,
<< Could anyone help point me in the right direction? >>
If you really want something as elegant as your pictures it might be worth
working with a local architect.to get the precise effect you want. He can give
you working drawings, too and that should make the project easier. Discuss
fees, etc. to stay in your budget.
There are dozens of books on masonry at the DIY stores if you decide to go it
alone, and of course your local library. HTH
Yep. And I'll note that this sort of project is a pretty difficult for
the DIY, since you're laying the bricks in a curve which makes alignments
a bit harder (when you're working along a line, a stretched string helps
keep everything in line).
Still, You ought to be able to do this without any fancy plans: buld the
core up with block, use the strongest brick you can get your hands on and
take your time, and you should do fine.
Remove the dead poet to e-mail, tho CC'd posts are unwelcome.
Ask me about joining the NRA.
If I remember I will ask my mason tomorrow. It may require special brick.
If not it is a heck of a lot of cuts for an amateur. He uses a gas saw and
a $375 diamond blade... the cheap ones don't hold up.
I have seen these done with both cut brick and standard brick. Obviously
the former is more difficult and more expensive, but it also looks
better. The latter should be acceptable, though.
My thinking is just use a sheet of plywood as a jig. Use a string and a
pencil as a compass to create the curve (whether or not it's a full
half-circle) and with the same sheet of plywood and the same compass
create a jig from the inside leftovers ... for the next row of steps.
The curves will then match correctly.
Even if you found "plans" (what would be special about them?), you'd
still have to create some sort of guidance during construction, so why
not simply expand your repertoire of technique? A good craftsman doesn't
I would rather have this as a garden stair than one against my house,
though. In that case (if a rounded stair were architecturally
appropriate) I'd have a professional do it.
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