Front Door Step Sizing


Embarking on the journey to install stone steps at your home entrance? Precision is key. Understanding the space and design that aligns with your home’s aesthetics is crucial. In this guide, we aim to simplify the process, walking you through essential considerations and measurements to ensure your stone steps are a perfect fit. For specialized guidance tailored to your home, the Harding Stoneyard team is always here to assist.

Remember, each home is unique. Therefore, consulting with our team to get insights based on your specific needs and home setup is highly recommended before pouring the concrete.

Key Considerations

Space Analysis

Begin by evaluating the space around your front door. Consider the width on each side and the outward distance available for the steps. The height difference between your home’s base and the ground outside is crucial in deciding whether you need multiple steps or a single one.

Design Aesthetics

Define the style you’re aiming for – whether it’s contemporary elegance or quaint traditional charm. Your choice will influence the size and number of steps. For instance, multiple large steps can offer a stately appeal, while a single step leans towards simplicity and tradition.

Safety First

Safety considerations, like the size and pitch of the steps, are paramount. Ensure that the steps are not too steep to avoid the necessity of handrails. The top step’s size is vital too, as it often serves as a platform or leads up to a porch.

Material Choice

The choice of material influences the slab thickness, which typically ranges between 20mm and 40mm. Ensure that the slab thickness plus an additional 10mm is considered when measuring the space from the top step to the door entrance.

Recommendations & Best Practices

  • Step Rise: Aim for a rise (height) of each step between 150mm and 170mm.
  • Step Tread (Thread): The tread, where you step, should be at least 280mm, ensuring safety and comfort.
  • Step Nose (Overhang): A consistent 30mm overhang on each step enhances aesthetics and functionality.

In-Depth Measuring

Understanding the difference between the concrete base measurements and the stone cladding is essential. Your stone will extend beyond the base size due to the addition of risers and the nose.

  • Risers: Adding risers to the sides extends the base by 30mm on all sides.
  • Nose: The overhang or nose adds another 30mm.

In essence, the stone size will be 60mm larger than the concrete base, accounting for the risers and nose.

Customization and Support

For those seeking unique or specific stone step designs, like circular steps, connecting with our team is invaluable. Providing us with templates or specific designs enables us to tailor-make the stone steps to meet your unique requirements.

Remember, Harding Stoneyard is here to assist with bespoke advice, helping design and deliver stone steps that resonate with your home’s aesthetic and functional needs. Armed with these insights, you’re well-prepared to venture into the installation of your perfect stone steps! 🏡🪨