Magazine article Sunset

The Stairs Are Colorful Concrete

Magazine article Sunset

The Stairs Are Colorful Concrete

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A Sunset book offers tricks for paving and paths

THE ART OF ASCENT TAKES new form in this hillside stairway, which seems a close relative of the fabled Yellow Brick Road. The winding stairs climb through a steep garden in Northern California, bringing color, whimsy, and surprising form to an area of landscape design where these elements are unexpected. Although stairs are meant for walking, who said they have to be pedestrian?

The materials for these stairs are the same as in many drab counterparts--concrete, stone, and square timbers. Pressure-treated 6-by-6s, anchored into the hill with long pieces of reinforcing bar, determine the height ("rise") and location of each step. The tops of the timbers, and the concrete poured flush behind it, form the treads.

But the treatment of the stairs' surfaces makes them stand out. Ready-made 1-foot squares of black slate were set into each tread while the concrete was wet. As the photograph at left shows, the location of the squares varies, so that they end up exaggerating the curves of the stairway. …

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