Ramps are typically built in order to improve home accessibility for people who can’t use stairs or need a gentler, less stressful way to enter or leave their home. A successful home accessibility project requires careful planning in order to be certain that the ramp meets the home occupant’s needs, complies with local building requirements, is safe and sturdy, and is safe for use in all types of weather.
Consider the following before you begin the design and construction of a wheelchair ramp. Questions such as:
- Who’s the primary user?
- What type of assistive device does the person use (cane, crutches, walker, manual or electric wheelchair)
- Will the person’s abilities change?
- What are the local zoning requirements?
These are just a few of the questions that must be addressed before you begin your project. The following information should guide you in this process. Continue Reading »