Learn how to make your entryway accessible for family members throughout their life cycles with these tips.
Tips On Home Entrance
For accessibility and ease of use, consider these features:
- A covered entryway.
- Low (less than 1/2 in.) or no threshold.
- Wide doors - at least 32 in.
- Swing-away hinge to allow wider access for strollers, wheelchairs and other mobility devices.
- Lever-style door handles rather than knobs for those with limited hand strength.
- Easy-to-reach and operate interior lock with no small buttons to manipulate.
- Peep hole at appropriate level.
- Non-slip surfaces on steps or ramps.
- Curb cuts or ramps at driveway to minimize or avoid sidewalk drop-offs.
- Package shelf at front entrance for holding items while opening the door.
- Highly visible street number and doorbell.
- Adequate lighting.
Ideally, ramps should have:
- 1:20 rise and run for exterior; 1:12 for interior
- Level landing areas of 60 in. by 60 in. at the top and bottom to allow for safe stopping and turnaround space.
- Minimum 36-in. width.
- Anti-slip surface.
- Handrails on both sides.
- Soil fill around ramps to eliminate drop-off.
Also consider incorporating lattice or landscaping to blend ramps with your home's facade.