Outdoor Stairway – Build New Steps

Broken Down StepsHow is this for a set of steps? They need replacement. These steps failed because the foot of the stringer was resting on bare earth. When the wood rotted away, the steps crumbled.

To install these properly, footings need to be added at the bottom of the steps. A post for the railing was sunk to provide extra stability for the steps and rail.

This job required two trips to complete. The first trip was to remove the old steps, prepare and pour the concrete. The second to build the steps. The railing and the step surface materials were build using recycled redwood from a dismantled water tank.

Low estimate for materials and labor using recycled redwood:Decking - new stairway

  • Redwood step stringers, post
  • Concrete
  • Misc. screws, nails, hardware
  • Labor 6.5 hours

High estimate for materials and labor:

  • Redwood step stringers, post
  • Redwood 2×4 and 2×6
  • Concrete
  • Misc. screws, nails, hardware
  • Labor 8.0 hours

If you are a contractor or a handyman, how much would this job cost in your area?

Low Price: $475

Consensus Price: $495

High Price: $700



  1. I want an estimate for a straight run of stairs 48″ wide, railing on both sides, going 10′ up from a concrete patio to an upstairs deck. Material: redwood.

What would a fair price be?