Today’s home renovation tip is how we enabled wheel chair access from the Garage to the Laundry Room while retaining stairs access.
When we purchased the home there was no wheel chair access; no ramps, no lift. And, since the reason we bought the home in the first place was to accommodate a family member’s special needs, this had to change. We planned for the change before we put in the offer, because without accessible access (and other accessible needs), the house would not work for us.
Per the pic below, there are three steps needed at the entrance (the pic also shows, by the way, the new garage door on the right….it had been replaced before we worked on the accessibility issue) to the Laundry Room door (which is open in the picture below).
The pic below shows several things:
- Garage wall painted white (see prior post on painting drywall)
- Wheelchair lift on the left
- 5 ft X 5 FT platform from lift to the now grey door to laundry room (brown carpet on top of particle board supported by numerous 6 inch X 6 inch studs)
- Custom wooden gate hinged on the right of the picture (using outdoor gate hinges) to prevent wheelchair / walker from accidentally going off of platform
- Small vertical frame on top of platform(to immediate left and right of lift opening) as well as horizontal wood strips against non-drywalled garage wall (on right of picture) to also prevent accidental encroachment of wheelchair / lift wheels beyond the platform
- Original 3 step stair from garage floor to platform for use by others in the house
- Vertical dark brown wood ‘planks’ around lift and platform (and other areas not in picture) not only for aesthetics but also to help prevent rodents and other unwanted critters from making a home underneath platform.
- There is also a vertical wood ‘plank’ on the left edge of the platform between the lift and the platform so the wheelchair / walkter cannot roll off the lift and underneath the platform
- Latch against the horizontal wood beam to the right of the Laundry Room door against the non-drywalled garage wall so we can have the swinging gate remain open if needed, for example bringing groceries in from the van into the house
It is a rather large 2 car garage (largest in any house we have lived in) so there is plenty of room for the van. With winter now in full force, we will wait until the spring before we paint the unpainted wood white to match the drywall paint.
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