Handicap Access Ramps

When a handicap access ramp is needed, deciding where to install it is an important consideration.

In this Remodeling Cost Guide, we’ll look at Handicap Access Ramps, how to select one when designing your home and what concerns you may have with your current or new access ramp.

The Design of the Home

Once inside the door, the individual needs to maneuver their wheelchair or mobility vehicle to the essential rooms in the home – the kitchen, an accessible bathroom and a bedroom. More often than not, the front door will provide the best entry point into the areas of the home containing these rooms. The key is to allow the person to most easily get to these important rooms.

If other entry doors provides the same access, then you’ve got options, and issues outside the home can be considered.

Exterior Concerns When Placing an Access Ramp

Is the home located in a snowy climate? Clearing the ramp of snow and ice can be difficult, and if the person is alone at least part of the time, this will severely limit their mobility. If the home has an attached garage, and the garage has an entry door into the home, placing the ramp in the garage might be a consideration. The garage will have to be at a 2-car garage at least, since the ramp will take up the space of one car.

Safe access ramps are required to have a landing at the top. Building codes differ, but it’s usually 5 square feet. One place such a landing already exists is on a deck, if the home has one. If there is a sidewalk leading to the deck, building the ramp onto the deck is worth considering. If the deck already provides a suitable landing, you’ll save on the cost of materials. If no sidewalk exists, adding one, or widening an existing one, will add significantly to the home remodeling costs.


These are your options for the Handicap Access Ramps. Consider the layout of the home, and if more than one entryway is usable, then exterior considerations can guide your decision.


2 Responses to “Handicap Access Ramps”
  1. Ann Ayers says:

    I am looking to have a ramp built on my home and making the bathroom handicap ready for when my husband comes home after having a severe stroke .We may also need doors widened,on the inside.

    Right now he is in the hospital with a slight case of Pnuemonia.

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