Do you use a walker, a wheelchair, or just want to make access into your home safer?
Wheelchair ramps offer the wheelchair user, the walker user, or anyone with limited mobility, greater safety and freedom when constructed properly. They permit the user -as well as the person pushing - safe and easy access into and out of a building. In many cases, lack of safe egress poses not only a great inconvenience, but a severe safety hazard as well - especially in case of fire if the disabled individual does not have safe egress.
If the ramp is not constructed properly, the ramp quickly turns from being a safety feature, to one that is not only not easy to use, but hazardous as well. For this reason, Wood Wise Construction follows not only local and state building codes, but we encourage all users to consider the "ADA" (Americans with Disabilities Act) guidelines. Although these guidelines were designed primarily for commercial buildings, we encourage that they should be followed when at all possible for single family egresses.
The ramp is then designed and constructed at the recommended 1:12 pitch (one foot of ramp for every inch the entry to the home is above ground level) so that even if the user does not have a power wheelchair, you can have safe and easy access into the home. A less steep rise can be easier for a wheelchair user to navigate, as well as being much safer in icy climates.
An important feature which we incorporate when at all possible, and is often seen missing in many ramps, is a continuous intermediate handrail installed at 19" from the deck - designed specifically for the safety and convenience of the wheelchair user.
Safe egress is so important that wheelchair ramps are often covered by grants from many funding agencies which you can find on our Financial Resources Page. For commercial buildings, a wheelchair ramp (or another way for wheelchair users to access a building such as a wheelchair lift or elevator) are now required in new construction for public accommodations in the United States by the ADA.
Wheelchair ramps are commonly built with pressure-treated wood and require the same maintenance as any deck constructed out of pressure treated lumber. They can also be constructed out of maintenance free vinyl along with a composite decking material such as Trex (as shown) which adds not only safe and independent access to the home, but added value to the home as well, along with a definite maintenance free feature many desire today.
Dear Debbie and Jim.
I just wanted to send the two of you an enormous THANK YOU for the remarkable renovation work Wood Wise/Accessible Solutions accomplished for us! We can't stop standing outside the new bathroom and staring in with delighted disbelief. We never thought this renovation would ever happen...and certainly not one as remarkable as what you created for us. It is no longer an hour struggle for a ten minute shower! My wife is thrilled that i no longer find an excuse to avoid taking one. The grab bars all seem to be in just the right places making me feel very secure maneuvering around in there.
With the new ramp you've built, my house arrest is over! .I'm looking forward to use the ramp to come and go, but also as an aid for exercising. The ramp turns around over my grandchildren's backyard play area. They are excited that i can finally sit out there and be with them.
I could praise your work all day! Jordan and all the workers were wonderful people to work with. I'll miss Jordan a bit he almost seemed like family.
We feel the excitement of waking up in a new home, a new beginning, thank you thank you thank you for this new start in life.
“Dear Debbie and Jim, Words cannot possibly begin to convey my appreciation for EVERYTHING you've done for me to finally bring about the ultimate "gift" of my wonderful ramp. For the first time, I now have total independence in simply walking outside to enjoy my yard or a spin on my scooter. It's a little bit of 'heaven" each day. What an INCREDIBLE feeling of freedom and self reliance knowing I'm no longer homebound! We're very impressed by your dedication, personalized service, manners and your involvement in making such a difference in people's lives...”
If you or a household member is disabled or an elder, living in the state of Massachusetts, the Home Modification Loan Program (HMLP) can provide a no interest deferred loan of up to $50,000 so you can make the needed adaptations or modifications to your home, with no need to make any payments to the loan unless you sell your home. Modifications can help you remain in your home and live more independently. We’re one of the prime contractors for the HMLP, which can be spent on handicap accessible renovations to bathrooms, kitchens, and even ramps to get into your home and vehicle.
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