Hi all, just at the start of an extension design for our 1930s semi and am interested in peoples thoughts on steps! We will be turning our kitchen diner into a living /kitchen/diner. We will need 3 steps down from the extension to the garden however dh and I are unsure if we should step down to patio or have a patio/decking at same height and then step down to the garden. We are looking at having bifold or sliding doors and to some extent the steps decision will influence which type of door we choose! Thanks in advance!
We're making the same decision at the moment though ours is a small patio. Think we're going to have the patio flush with the garden then step up into the room. But only because I know the DC would be constantly running into the raised edge of the patio and doing themselves a mischief! There's also drainage and flooding to think about.
We're doing this at the moment and have gone for steps down from the decking. Our neighbours have gone for two wide steps (twice width of opening and extra deep_ down to decking (nice for sitting on) and one down into garden.
We have a big drop too - so have a platform of deck the width of the bifold doors and a bit over a metre deep which is the same level as the house. Then there are steps down to a deck which is the width of the house and about three metres deep. Because we have a big slope on the garden, it's basically just above the ground by the house, but nearly four foot higher than ground level where it ends. We've built it over an old patio, so it mostly sits on bearers sitting on top of that.
I like the landing platform outside the door, feels nice to just be able to step out onto it when the doors are completely open.