This is formed up concrete steps and we have broken up large cut ( quarried) pieces of Sandstone from Helindon near Toowoomba. Stuck them down with a glue and concrete mix, sealed with a penetrating sealer specific for Sandstone and then grouted the areas as normal. We will lightly acid wash the stone and then seal once more to finish.
These types of steps are enclosed because they are lower or sunken into something next to them, like this driveway next to them. These are Clay Pavers stuck down to concrete and grouted. We have no choice but to follow the curve of the driveway and build the steps to suit.
These are wide steps at 2.4m and they need substantial support from the weight of the concrete and steel. They are formed up the day before the concrete pour and when the concrete has cured enough to hold itself the boxing ( form work ) is removed and the steps cleaned up with a sponge and trowel.
These are free formed steps meaning 'we make them up as we go'. Dig out the basic shape, lay down some concrete and stick the Sandstone to it. Seal and grout when done.
These steps are similar to the formed up ones. Timber form work, steel and lots of concrete make these large steps easy to navigate on your way down to the pool. The tiles are Sandstone 400x400 and are glued down, sealed and grouted.
These open style of steps mean they 'stick out' from the surrounding areas or are raised which makes it a little easier for us to build than the 'sunken type'. We use a concrete sand and cement mix and stick the Clay Pave pavers to it as they are built from the bottom up. Grout and wash off to complete the job. Maybe a light acid wash if necessary.