Reviving the Ramp

Back in 2014 Charlie had built a ramp into the house so any friends with mobility problems could have a way into the house.

Here is son giving Charlie a hand with some heavy hauling.
Here is son giving Charlie a hand with some heavy hauling.

Then he and son removed it to give the front of the house a neater appearance.

The square platform under the ramp needs to go on the porch to level the threshold.
The square platform under the ramp needs to go on the porch to level the threshold.

Since we are having a Book Swap on Saturday and expecting many people we thought it was a good time to put the ramp back in place.  Our son came over to help carry the heavy, awkward ramp from its storage spot. Not finding Charlie, he dragged it to the right spot alone.  Strong fellow.

Charlie built the ramp from scraps.
Charlie built the ramp from scraps.

Then Charlie, using some old wood, added bracing to the center for added security.  Unfortunately this made it heavier yet.

The ramp itself was built in one piece.
The ramp itself was built in one piece.

Now it’s in place, ready for Saturday. I have walk-off mats to equalize the breaks between the ramp, the platform and the doorway.

Are you getting ready for something new?

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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.

2 thoughts on “Reviving the Ramp”

  1. It’s nice that you can do this. My house could never be wheelchair accessible without a mechanical chair to bring someone up the stairs and even then, they would have a hard time maneuvering around the inside.

    1. The renovations downstairs have made everything accessible — that was the plan. However with the dining room table at its full size it might be a little tight. Jo

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