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San Franciscan Entry Stairs



Working on the Landscaping Board today...
I know it seems like a job for the end but I need to at least lay out the plan and mock it up because the hillside will determine where "stone"goes on the outside of the basement.
Additionally the new front stairs are an integral part of the landscaped hill and therefore careful height planning is needed to incorporate the stairs later. I've decided on three flights with two turns, thanks to the greenleafers who weighed in last post and suggested three. :D

As you can see it's a fairly rough mock-up but you get the idea.

I've built the second flight of stairs into the "hillside" because I felt this was more realistic for a hillside set of stairs rather than having them cantilever off the retaining wall. A bonus is I won't have to have railings on this flight & it also allows me to butt the third flight up against the wall creating the need for only one short stair railing at this level.

The other bonus is it allows me to extend the hillside at the front of the board to allow more front yard even though I will likely shape this front portion of the foam into a gentle slope with a smaller retaining wall to soften the look.

Looking at this picture now.... I might also move the second flight of stairs backwards a bit, to line up the lip of the top step with the back of the top flights last step... I think it looks a bit strange at the moment and it will also give me a bit of space between the driveway and the front path for greenery. :D

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Very interesting.  This should look spectacular when done . I would definitely move the second flight back a bit, though.  Also, I'm having a little difficulty visualizing--will the hillside block the in-law apartment's window?

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2 hours ago, Debsrand56 said:

Very interesting.  This should look spectacular when done . I would definitely move the second flight back a bit, though.  Also, I'm having a little difficulty visualizing--will the hillside block the in-law apartment's window?

Thanks Deborah... no the window will be "below ground" but it will be in a little tunnel kind of.. almost like a huge oversized window well that you see in basements sometimes.  There will be a little bit of outside space about the width of the bay window overhang above outside the basement window... It will probably have a little storage shed in the dead end... and maybe a wall garden on the retaining wall in front of the window... I might even be able to fit a cafe chair and table under the window... So the little apartment dwellers have a bit of outdoor space... :)

... I may also shape the hill under the stairs to make it a bit more visible in there.. but it's going to be one of those areas you discover after a while... I like those little secret spaces best. :D

 

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23 minutes ago, Samusa said:

it's going to be one of those areas you discover after a while... I like those little secret spaces best.

Oooh, that sounds really fun.  I love the idea of the wall garden.  I just didn't want the tenants to have no air and sunlight!  :)

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