Temporary Ramping

Two years ago in December Charlie started building a ramp into the house just in case anyone needed to come in who couldn’t manage stairs.

We still have the sections of this ramp built before the renovation.
We still have the sections of this ramp built before the renovation.

Now we’re arranging a ramp again but this time straight in the front door.

Making the turn into the front door would be difficult with the ramp on the side of the front porch.
Making the turn into the front door would be difficult with the ramp on the side of the front porch.

At first Charlie thought it could go sideways up to the front porch but the seemed to make an impossible right turn to get up the last step into the house.

The platform is level with the door sill.
The platform is level with the door sill.

Instead he started out in the front yard and made a platform which brings the porch deck up to the door sill.

Two 10-foot 2 by 4s are the basic frame for the ramp.
Two 10-foot 2 by 4s are the basic frame for the ramp.

Then the ramp starts in the yard and meets up with the platform. It is planked with old cedar boards.

The ramp will be ready for Thanksgiving guests.
The ramp will be ready for Thanksgiving guests.

We’ll test it out on Thanksgiving Day.

Plans for the holidays?

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Author: Jo

Welcome to The Glade, where the second generation of renovations has just begun and the mania about our home, music and other passions fill our days and nights. We’re Charlie and Jo in the music world; Mary Jo and Charles to family; and JoJo and Charlie to each other. We are renovating a midcentury house in a Victorian historic district where we want to live there the rest of our lives. It's a 1946 house located in Maryland. We were married in this house. Thus far (pre-blog) we refinished cabinets, added a window seat (still working on the cushion), rearranged a wall in the guest house due to sink/vanity replacement, planted a vegetable garden, and other quick and not-so-quick fixes. So this latest zeal for construction is the result of my having lived here since 1997 and feeling a need to ready the house for the next chapter and beyond.

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