The standard rise (up and down measurement) for stairs is somewhere around 7 inches while the run (horizontal measurement) is around 10.5 inches. Since we were making these stairs for little feet, we decided to make the rise only 6 inches and the run 6 inches as well. This made for a much smaller step "up" as well as a smaller spot to put your foot.
So how'd we make the stairs?
Because we used a "square" number for our cut outs (6 inches by 6 inches) it made the math super easy and we were able to use just a regular metal framing square.
1. We first made a 45 degree angle cut into a 2"x10" which ended up being the angled piece that attached directly to the club house 4x4 post.
2. Obviously where we have that stair stringer set up against the club house is way too far up on the 4x4 post but we were checking the angle of the stairs to be sure the steps would end up level to the ground.
3. Once we cut off the end of the string to fit it to size so the top of the stairs would be level with the club house deck, we were able to determine where we would need to dig more holes to place the support 4x4's to attach the bottom of the stairs to the ground.
4. We buried the 4x4 post two feet into the ground leaving approximately 8 inches above ground to attach to the stair strings.
5. We mixed up another bag and a half of quikrete and set the posts being sure we kept everything level and square.
6. After we let the concrete set over night, we were able to cut the stair treads to size leaving a half inch overhang on each end plus there is the one inch over hang on the front of the stairs since we used 2"x8" boards.
You may have also noticed in the first picture that we added some posts caps for the club house corners.
They are solar powered light we found at Home Depot for $4.88 each. Batteries Included! They're not exactly "bright" at night, but we weren't looking for anything to light up our entire back yard or to even draw attention to the fort. Basically just something fun to cap off the posts. Bryan described the output of light perfectly. He said they basically look like a white firefly that got stuck on. We don't expect them to last past this year, but for the price, we couldn't pass it up. Maybe we'll be pleasantly surprised?! Doubtful.
So here she is in all her glory!
If you're looking for a general lumber list, you can find that here. To see more building details check out this post, and this one, too. If you have any questions, please feel free to drop me a line! I'll try my best to answer it!
(Special thanks, once again, to Carmel from Our Fifth House for the inspiration!)
P.S. Does anyone else's garage look this bad after a whirlwind project?
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