A Step to Bridge the Gap

The first major task I tackled this week with our patio project was this step landing. It was a problem that had to be fixed. When we had our home inspected before we purchased it the inspector noticed that the deck needed one more step to fit codes. That wasn’t the only problem here, the stairs led right out to the septic drain access pipe. It was a bad spot for the builder to put it. Here’s the solution I came up with: cover it all with a removable landing!

I built this 100% removable landing step to bridge the gap between our patio and the deck. The step covers the drain pipe but can be removed by two people easily and one person if needed. I used 2″x6″ pressure treated lumber to make a 46″x48″ box. I put another 2″x6″ board to serve as a brace to attach the tread boards and to give extra support. Then I attached 8″ stilts made from a 4″x4″ to each corner. Once I put it in place I screwed in the 1.25″x6″ tread boards to the frame.

I have one more board to place but I have to cut it lengthwise to about 2.5 inches wide. I’ll have to borrow my dad’s table saw to do it but that should be easily accomplished this week. You can see in the picture below a drain pipe on the left of the landing. It will funnel the downspout from the roof away from the deck and patio out into the yard and toward the bird bath garden.

Here’s a closer look at the step.

A view from the front.

A view from the deck.

I’m very pleased with the way it turned out. It’s removable for easy access and very stable. It can also double as a stage for my performance loving 3 year old daughter! What’s not to like about that?

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Dave has written GrowingTheHomeGarden.com since 2007. He gardens on an acre and a half where he raises his 4 children. He enjoys growing vegetables, herbs, and propagating plants. Dave has a side business growing and selling heirloom vegetables and herb plants through Blue Shed Gardens and works as a real estate agent in Spring Hill, TN.


  1. Good work around but I think I would’ve chosen to move the staircase out from the area. Putting staircases right next to houses on top of septics seems to be a builder issue around here. I bet Grace has a great time hamming it up on the ‘stage’ for mommy and daddy and little sis!

  2. Good job with the landing Dave! Creative way to disguise something necessary but unattractive. I’m sure your daughter will enjoy her little stage to ham it up! :)

  3. You should add a before picture.

  4. Good workaround to the problem. I’m sure your daughter thinks you made it just for her :)

  5. Looks like professional work to me, Dave!

  6. Excellent job, Dave! Your patio is really shaping up.

  7. Looking good Dave. Soon you'll be enjoying that patio & the little one can be putting on a show for mommy & Daddy.

  8. Decks just seem to grow1 Yours is looking good.

    I tagged you in a meme- see if you’d like to recount your quirks :)
    @ ilonagarden.blogspot.com

  9. I would have probably just tossed a couple of square 18 inch stepping stones there. I think you have a much better solution!

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