Accessible patio

Raising the entire patio to the same level as the house avoids ramps directly in front of the entry door.

Accessible patio showing house entrance
Accessible patio showing house entrance

Description
The townhouse entry is through an enclosed patio. The patio is bordered by the house, a storage room and one wall. Originally a stairway led to both the entrance and the storage room. The entire patio was raised to the same level as the house and storage room. A wooden ramp was built to get from the gate to the patio.

Users comments
The patio works well and is frequently used. The ramp may become somewhat slippery in winter.

Made by
Dean Smith, Erika’s partner

Purchased from
Building supply center

Paid for by
The user

Whose idea
Erika Nilsson, Dean Smith

This tip is from 2005

Accessible patio showing the storage room
Accessible patio showing the storage room

Tipsare: Erika

Erika lives in a house together with her partner and two infants. She is working part time. In 1994 she was injured and has a low tetraplegia (C7). Sometimes she uses help provided by the local government when she is going out with her children.