Bluestone steps are one of my favorite types since they are a natural stone. There are different types to choose from. What you select will partly depend on what types of steps you are creating.
Steps for front porches and walkways are typically more structured, as opposed to fieldstone slabs. Backyard steps can be either built with a riser and tread or have a more casual look and feel.
Here are some photos of some of my projects and how I used bluestone for steps so that you can get some ideas.
This elegant staircase was a re-design of an existing set of steps...which was horrible!
Please take a look at some videos of bluetone steps also showing the different types of bluestone you can use for your steps and also see some before and after pictures to see the transformation of this property.
Beautiful Bluestone Landing
These steps have blue stone treads and natural stone risers also.
Bluestone Stairs for a Two Level Patio
Here the same solid bluestone treads are used with beautiful mortared stone risers.
However, there is a difference between this one and the two projects above.
The blue stone pieces have what is known as a thermal edge, which gives it a wavy, rather than smooth, look.Whether you use thermal edge or a straight edge is a matter of preference. I prefer the straight edge look.
Bluestone happens to look great with brick too! We could have used brick risers here, but the bluestone offers a nice contrast and change.
Adding boulders to the design of the steps is a great look that I use quite often.
Here is another option for landscape steps. You can use natural bluestone steppers which are actually large pieces of fieldstone. They create a very casual look. No two pieces are the same which adds to the interest.
They can be had in narrow widths, such as two feet, or you can use extremely wide pieces...six or seven feet across!
The entire stone is both the tread and the riser.
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