Garden steps are used for their practicality, linking one area of a garden to another no matter the level difference. They can also be a design feature, which tests creativity and allows for a stunning focal feature. Steps can be an impressive detail to a garden that affords the opportunity to view landscape from contrasting heights and see it in its entirety.
The Importance of Well-Designed Steps
Steps are a reality for many gardens particularly near the coast or in our hilly U.K. country-sides. Although difficulty shaped or sloped gardens can be a challenge, they’re also a creative opportunity for landscapers – to create a sculptural element. That solves the issue of the space not being used to its full potential but also doing so in a creative that compliments the landscape.
Having steps within a steep garden, when done correctly breaks the garden up into levels. By opting to not have a continuous flow of steps , you take the emphasis of the steepness of the site. Allowing the garden to be enjoyable to view and able admire the space.
More Than Just Steps
More than just linking areas in the garden, steps can create additional seating – that’s particularly useful in smaller spaces.
It’s not often easy to turn steps into a statement. You have to be able think of ways to create the steps to standout. A great idea is to frame the steps with planting, which offers colour, texture and softness – in contrast to the hard landscaping.
Typically we associate steps with how they are built indoors. Due to space limitations indoor steps/stairs tend to be narrow and high. Whereas for outdoor steps you usually have more space and should be built wide and low with deep treads.
The addition of lighting is great from a safety aspects and also a design perspective – highlights the steps in the night light.