Hello Guys, I removed my deck and made some repairs. My wife and I think we want to do stairs down from the sliding doors to the ground where we'll put patio pavers. My wife doesn't like the railing most stairs but she likes this config. https://www.pinterest.com/pin/280700989247436642/ I found that where I live we conform to IRC 2012 and in IRC 2012 it lists that R312 Guards shall be located along open-sided walking surfaces, including stairs, ramps and landings, that are located more than 30 inches (762 mm) measured vertically to the floor or grade below at any point within 36 inches (914 mm) horizontally to the edge of the open side. My sliding door is 29.5-31.5 inches above the ground. SO if I bring up the dirt a smidgen so I am below that 30 inch requirement, am I good to make these stairs without railings? I found this link which seems like it has most of the steps to building stairs and I would just do the math to angle them around, may even use a jig to make them rounded on the end. I'm not sure it's very good but has more info than the books I have bought so far. http://www.popularmechanics.com/home/how-to-plans/how-to/a2145/4224738/ On this one it just floats it on the tile so I think for the 4x4s at the bottom I would use footings https://www.menards.com/main/building-materials/concrete-cement-masonry/construction-concrete-blocks/3-3-8-x-12-octagon-concrete-footing-pad/p-1444441437148-c-5647.htm?tid=-6724434580051972900&ipos=7and anchors. Is there a technical name for the type of bracket I should use there? The old 8x10 deck only had 2 4x4's sunk 12" in the dirt 8' from the house so it pulled away from the wall something awful, I'd like to avoid that if possible. If you know of better guides or other material I could read that would be awesome as the 2 deck books I bought are not very good.