Do you have a slope or hillside on your property that you just aren’t sure what to do with? You can you still build that dream patio if your backyard is sloped. A paver walkway installed in your steep front yard is a daunting task to some contractors, but not to us.
Because of the frequent challenges hills and slopes present to Southern California homeowners, steps (or stairs) are often used to comfortably transition between walkways and patios.
Patio and walkway steps themselves can come in many colors and shapes. A qualified landscape contractor will recommend a variety of materials suitable for steps:
- Bull-Nosed Pavers: These pavers have a rounded edge that faces out towards the end of the step. They are also commonly used for edges of pool decking, since they have smooth edges.
- Pre-Cast Concrete Steps: These concrete steps come in various lengths that can be adapted to fit your design.
- Large Pavers: Some pavers come in larger sizes that are suitable for stair treads, however it is recommended to vary your paver material or color for your steps from that of the rest of your patio, to help your eye more easily see the change in elevation, minimizing the risk of trips or falls.
- Retaining Wall Cap Stones: These cap stones are thin enough to be used as treads for a step and have a textured front face, unlike most pavers, since they are designed for use on the tops of walls.