How Do You Build Brick Steps?

To build brick steps, measure the area, dig the steps, fill the footings and lay the steps. The rise of the steps should be consistent and fall between 4 and 8 inches tall.

In order to build brick steps in a yard:

  1. Measure
  2. First measure the height of the slope and then calculate how many steps are required for the space. The height is determined by placing one post at the bottom of the slope and one at the top. Run a level string from the top of the slope touching the ground to the other post. Measure up from the ground to determine the height. Then divide this number by one riser, which should be between 4 and 8 inches.

  3. Dig the steps
  4. Create a base for the bricks by digging out the steps and compacting the surrounding dirt. Mark the sides with pegs and string.

  5. Fill the footings
  6. Dig a footing that is 6 inches deep and wide enough to accommodate two bricks. Add a 4-inch layer of crushed stone and fill the remaining area with concrete.

  7. Lay the steps
  8. Lay the layers of bricks in the footings, ensuring they are level. Then use crushed stone to fill the risers to the height of the bricks. Add a 1/2-inch of mortar on top of the stone and lay the steps on the mortar. Fill all of the gaps with mortar to finish the steps.