The Drawbridge is Finally Finished

Charlie has been building a ramp up to our front door for our friend who needs to enter the house in his wheelchair.

The support of the ramp is two long 2 by 4s.
The support of the ramp is two long 2 by 4s.

What started out as a fairly straightforward project ended up looking like a drawbridge over a castle moat.

The platform at the top raises the porch deck up to the door sill.
The platform at the top raises the porch deck up to the door sill.

When the front door was moved to the center of the front façade and a new porch put on, the excavating called for a major swale running around the perimeter to keep the water out of the basement.  Said swale has been doing a great job.

This ramp is nailed together.
This ramp is nailed together.

The ramp starts out in the yard, crosses the swale, and meets up with a platform on the porch.

The plywood end of the ramp was replaced with deck boards.
The plywood end of the ramp was replaced with deck boards.

When in use we plan to cover it with walk-off mats.

The ramp is supported by cinder blocks.
The ramp is supported by cinder blocks.

In the mean time, during the next heavy rain I wouldn’t be surprised to see 7 swans a swimmin’.

The ramp is removable but for now we'll leave it in place semi-permanently.
The ramp is removable but for now we’ll leave it in place semi-permanently.

How are the 12 days of Christmas going for you?

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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.

4 thoughts on “The Drawbridge is Finally Finished”

  1. When I was shopping for a house I saw some that had a steep ditch in front and they had “bridges” across it to get to the front door and I always thought that was pretty neat. It can be done up real cute…maybe not with water but with some blue flowers in a bed shaped like the moat (wait….is the moat the bridge or the water part?) anyway you know what I mean…. but the maintenance not not be worth it. There is another idea though. What about a stream of blue and green glass? A neighbor of mine had crished glass delivered to her and she has it in her driveway and you can walk on it barefoot safely and he cats love sunning on it. Anyway ti could also give the look of a stream running underneath. I have no idea on the cost of that. I bet the neighbors would pitch in though…here is a photo… http://www.earth911.com/content/uploads/2009/02/enviroglas-300×268.png

    1. Love the blue glass idea. We’re still working on what the path to the front door should be. The ramp there now is only temporary. If it turns out we need a more permanent ramp the plan is to build a deck outside the conservatory double doors and ramp up to it from the driveway. Love your comments — they’re always thought-provoking. Jo

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