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JohnnyB
05-10-2011, 09:28 PM
My property has a very steep frontage and this summer's project is to build stairs down to the waterfront. I'm thinking it'll likely be 5 sections of 8feet of steps/section...ugh...lots of postholes and stair stringers.

May have an excavator look at re-sloping....not sure.

How 'bout some pics of your steep shorline access :cool:

venetrex
05-11-2011, 06:57 AM
It's hard to tell from the pictures, but there are 76 steps in all. But multiple decks on the way down. 3 steps from door to deck, 5 steps from deck to other deck, 12 steps from deck to large deck. 12 steps in a bleacher style configuration, then another 12 steps, small landing, 5 more steps, another landing 5 more steps. That only totals 56, but I am counting he paces on the landings/decks too. Boats not in yet, in the boathouse to the left of the photo.

CantRepeat
05-11-2011, 07:19 AM
I would have passed on the stairs and just installed a Swiss style gondola!!

chawk610
05-11-2011, 07:25 AM
Very nice... the only steps I walk down are the ones at the boat ramp! :)

BriEOD
05-11-2011, 08:02 AM
That is beautiful! Is that a hot tub on the lower landing?

TX.X-30 fan
05-11-2011, 08:06 AM
That is beautiful! Is that a hot tub on the lower landing?





Pervert!!!

87MCProstar
05-11-2011, 08:24 AM
The lake I'm on in NW CT there is a house my dad's best man's family lived in who had a chair lift going from the house to the waterfront. Dad said it used to work, but it did fail and has been running since. I don't think I have a picture but next time out I'll take a snap

BriEOD
05-11-2011, 08:32 AM
Pervert!!!

That's the pot calling the kettle black....

AFX-15
05-11-2011, 08:38 AM
This is more expensive than stairs, but lasts much longer and is easier on everyone. We had one at our old lake house. I would recommend it to anyone. If you forget anything, its just a push of a button away.

http://www.americantram.com/

Made in the USA.

pmkkdx
05-11-2011, 08:41 AM
I don't have any pictures, but a retired friend of my dad designed & built a trolley from his deck down to his dock using a cable and electric winch set up. Kinda hard to describe in text form but it was basically 2 pipe rails affixed to concrete anchors in the ground from under the deck to the water. The trolley worked similar to a trailer or train car riding those rails with the top of the trolley deck level (wedge shaped from a side view) with a railing all the way around with a gate on the house side and the dock side. When the trolley was up, it was an integral part of the house deck and when lowered down it was an integral part of his dock. the winch system was up under the deck using the weight of the trolley and gravity to lower it with a remote at both top and bottom wired in. Friends would get on the trolley (seating around the outside), push a button for a 100 +/- foot ride down to the dock, push a button at the dock and trolley was towed back up to the house. Actually pretty simple design concept and handicap friendly too.

TX.X-30 fan
05-11-2011, 09:13 AM
That's the pot calling the kettle black....




I can live with that. :D

Monteluna
05-11-2011, 09:47 AM
I have mobility problems and stairs are just about out of the question for me now. Most of the lake lots in the Kansas City area are the typical steep walk down to the lake. After about 3 years of looking we got lucky last year and found this place:

http://shoe.smugmug.com/Other/Prostar-205/i-cf2qfjn/0/M/DSC0025-M.jpg

http://shoe.smugmug.com/Other/Prostar-205/i-W9wwPxV/0/M/DSC0015-M.jpg

http://shoe.smugmug.com/Other/Prostar-205/i-HgWVspR/0/M/IMG0934-M.jpg

DemolitionMan
05-11-2011, 10:05 AM
That is a nice set up.

norris_ps205
05-11-2011, 10:57 AM
Couple picts of ours on Norris Lake...

GT500 MC
05-11-2011, 11:28 AM
Norris - Are those concrete stairs and ramp? Very nice set-up...I like the docks...

mseller
05-11-2011, 11:52 AM
in south carolina we don't see many hills http://i1197.photobucket.com/albums/aa438/mseller/56450_1723529011404_1333718237_1862877_3643804_o.j pg

Norris do you always leave your cover like that? I've come back after a long set to find my cover blown off the dock at the bottom of the lake

norris_ps205
05-11-2011, 12:44 PM
Norris - Are those concrete stairs and ramp? Very nice set-up...I like the docks...

Yeah...we have wood steps from the house down to an access road that runs along the lake shore, and then concrete steps and ramp from road down into the lake bed. Norris lake levels fluctuate as much 40 feet per year, so the dock rolls up and down the ramp as the water levels change.

norris_ps205
05-11-2011, 12:45 PM
in south carolina we don't see many hills http://i1197.photobucket.com/albums/aa438/mseller/56450_1723529011404_1333718237_1862877_3643804_o.j pg

Norris do you always leave your cover like that? I've come back after a long set to find my cover blown off the dock at the bottom of the lake

No, I don't leave the cover laying on the dock...I had it laid out like that to clean it.

SkiDog
05-11-2011, 01:42 PM
It's hard to tell from the pictures, but there are 76 steps in all. But multiple decks on the way down. 3 steps from door to deck, 5 steps from deck to other deck, 12 steps from deck to large deck. 12 steps in a bleacher style configuration, then another 12 steps, small landing, 5 more steps, another landing 5 more steps. That only totals 56, but I am counting he paces on the landings/decks too. Boats not in yet, in the boathouse to the left of the photo.

Man, that wouldn't be to fun to haul a skyski up & down those stairs!

davidstan
05-11-2011, 02:02 PM
Total of 18 steps to the house and 13 more up to the main floor 2. Previous home had 64 total steps and lots of billy goats.

TX.X-30 fan
05-11-2011, 02:58 PM
Man, that wouldn't be to fun to haul a skyski up & down those stairs!




Or the cooler down!!!

chawk610
05-11-2011, 03:07 PM
If I ever have a set up like that... I will hire someone to carry it for me! :)

CottagerGreg
05-11-2011, 04:21 PM
I built this from our driveway to our cottage... all done by hand mix concrete, 4000lbs of flag stone, truckload of gravel and 100+ hours of labour over many weekends to complete. picture is only 3/4 of the length

http://i89.photobucket.com/albums/k212/GTI2lo/Cottage%202010/IMG_1930.jpg

From our walkway down to the dock we had this stair case constructed.
http://i89.photobucket.com/albums/k212/GTI2lo/Cottage%202009/IMG_0142.jpg

View from our deck looking down to the water and the boats
http://i89.photobucket.com/albums/k212/GTI2lo/Cottage%202010/IMG00138-20100711-0748.jpg

BWB-745-
05-11-2011, 04:23 PM
^^^ That looks awesome!

web
05-17-2011, 09:44 AM
I've got what might be called a "high bank".

You can't even see the dock from the house.
http://www.mastercraft.com/teamtalk/picture.php?albumid=478&pictureid=3125

About halfway down there's a short, unimproved traverse of the hillside. Looking up from one end of the trail is 70 steps built with concrete blocks dug into the hillside.
http://www.mastercraft.com/teamtalk/picture.php?albumid=478&pictureid=3122

Looking down from the other end of the trail is 55 steps done with posts and stringers, followed by the dock (currently about half installed). This year's projects include getting some railings along the stairs and around the deck.
http://www.mastercraft.com/teamtalk/picture.php?albumid=478&pictureid=3123

You learn quickly to remember everything you need on the first trip!

SouthWaker
05-21-2011, 02:23 PM
Donating to the cause.