Advice on creating long, shallow steps
Hello. I would like to create a set of very long (deep), shallow wood deck-based steps that someone using a walker with wheels could use to get into my house. Steps surface and fascia will be composite, if that matters to anyone. Total height/rise is about 36″ and the full run is some number less than 24 feet to the edge of the driveway (just out of the range in the pic.) I investigated a ramp, but am not able to achieve the required shallow slope over that same span, hence the shallow step approach. I am working to achieve each step being 36″(run) x 48″(wide) x 4.5″(rise), affording plenty of length for both walker and person (I think) and just over the code minimum of 4″. My confusion is around how best to build this? At first I was thinking box-style steps of ripped 2×6, but 8 4.5″ risers, one at 24’x4′, sitting below one at 21’x4′, sitting below one at 18’x4 down to the last “step” at 3’x4′ seems like (a) a ton of wood in a day where wood prices are up 350% and (b) not as stable toward the top as it might be if I were to use a post/beam like structure. Wondering what those who have, I’m certain, a ton more experience than me an my helper combined think? Thank you for your time.