I was visiting a friend who had just moved into a new home, and I saw these steps they made with cinder blocks. I thought this was great. They look so nice and orderly!
By Robyn Fed from Hampton, TN
Brick steps DO get very slick in winter months. They hold moisture and freeze with a slight film. Just an FYI. They do look nice.
Great frugal idea! I really like the way it looks. As with the last comment posted, I'd put some rubber mat strips down. You could probably use old car mats.
Is mortar used to keep them from separating (like you use with red bricks)?
Unfortunately, code maximum rise is 7-3/4" (and minimum tread depth 10", with 3/4" minimum nosing; if no nosing, 11"). 8x8x16" CMU exceeds the new code mandated maximum rise. Don't do this, because if somebody came over and fell/tripped or whatever, you could be sued and cited.
I am also certain code enforcement would take issue with them not being mortared (as depicted).
If you must do this, use 6" CMU (and mortar).