If you have a slope in your backyard, or you want to create a transition from a deck to the grassy areas, stairs are a great addition to your outdoor space. Sometimes stairs are necessary for safety or convenience, other times they are more of an aesthetic addition.  These stairway ideas do both!  

Stairs lead the eye throughout a space, give your backyard a little more structure, and are easy to add. Depending on the grade of your property, your steps may be large or small, but any slope can be more defined and better looking by transforming it into a space for steps or stairs. Give these few ideas a look to get inspiration on what works best for you.stone stairs

Basic timber or wooden stairs are best if you need a more substantial walking space for a larger property or a large slope.  

wood and gravel stairs

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wood patio stairs

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If you’re looking for something a little more unique and simple, another stairway idea is to use a set of log slices to create a beautiful set of steps in your backyard.

log sliced stairs

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Stone steps are clearly gorgeous, but they do require the use of some pretty heavy duty tools and a team of professionals who know what they are doing. Hauling giant rocks across the backyard and getting them in the right place at the right time.

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Sometimes a simple railroad tie is a great way to create a staircase out of a sloped area. You can use gravel, bark, or even green grass to will in the space between steps and create a beautiful accent to your space.

railroad tie stairs

Better yet, maybe you want to ditch the idea of stairs altogether and go with something completely different. You can create a beautiful bridge that is both fun and functional, or bring out your inner child and slide on down the path.

Tutorials for Bridges

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