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Debe Maxwell, CRS
Savvy + Company (704) 491-3310 - Charlotte, NC

Just built a ramp for Ray, ADA compliant per the structural engineer's design. It's one foot of length per one inch of lift.

Feb 07, 2021 05:15 PM
Karen Climer
Demetree School of Real Estate - Orlando, FL
Teaching people to pass the real estate exam

Try calling your local Center for Independent Living.  Most cities have one.  This is a nonprofit that is focused on helping people with all sorts of disabilities live independently.  They might have someone on staff who is a ramp expert and can give you some good advice.  

Feb 07, 2021 05:37 PM
Ryan Huggins - Thousand Oaks, CA - Thousand Oaks, CA
Residential Real Estate and Investment Properties

You could get an ADA audit performed, if you want to see what else might need work.  3rd party auditor can perform it.  There are also guidelines that you can review as well online.

Feb 07, 2021 06:05 PM
Bob Crane
Woodland Management Service / Woodland Real Estate, KW Diversified - Stevens Point, WI
Forestland Experts! 715-204-9671

Good luck with the project Fred, your local bldg dept will have the specs

Feb 07, 2021 05:44 PM
Wayne Martin
Wayne M Martin - Chicago, IL
Real Estate Broker - Retired

Contact Steve Hoffacker, he teaches classes for the NAHB on aging in place and being ADA compliant. He can assist you! 

Feb 08, 2021 04:28 AM
Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Pasadena And Southern California 818.516.4393

Fred, you may want to check with Richard Acree, ADAC, CAPS, CMA.  Over the years, I have read AR posts he has written about ADA compliance.  Good luck.  

Feb 07, 2021 06:51 PM
Kathleen Daniels, Probate & Trust Specialist
KD Realty - 408.972.1822 - San Jose, CA
Probate Real Estate Services

I am betting Debb Janes EcoBroker and Bernie Stea JD may have something to say. 

My suggestion is to check the city codes for requirements. 

Feb 07, 2021 05:06 PM
Richie Alan Naggar
people first...then business Ran Right Realty - Riverside, CA
agent & author

As we grow older, it is made apparent what makes life easier or less and for us to act accordingly...

Feb 08, 2021 06:19 AM
Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy


Each state seems to have its own specifications.  In Florida, we are involved in marketing a project for aging in place.  It is a condo project with universal design that takes into account height of appliance for wheelchairs, door handles, etc.  It has balconies that are accessible also.  I would rely on someone specific to your new state that has experience in this.  A

Feb 07, 2021 07:47 PM
Wanda Kubat-Nerdin - Wanda Can!
Red Rock Real Estate (435) 632-9374 - St. George, UT
St. George Utah Area Residential Sales Agent

Check with the city and county engineer in which the project will be built Fred.

Feb 07, 2021 06:45 PM
Lyn Sims
Schaumburg, IL
Real Estate Broker Retired

I couldn't possible add any more than what Debe Maxwell said. Learned a lot in her answer. A deck & a ramp are not always a deck & a ramp.

Feb 08, 2021 06:30 AM
Peter Mohylsky, Beach Expert
PMI. Destin - Miramar Beach, FL
Call me at 850-517-7098

Ouch,  stand by for more changes to the way we do business.

Feb 08, 2021 04:47 AM
Jeff Pearl
RE/MAX Distinctive / LIC in VA - Lovettsville, VA
Full Service Full Time Realtor

Here, we would need a permit to build a deck or handicap ramp. Your local building permit office should have required specs on hand. If not, 20" of rise = 20' long ramp is standard.

You can search on to get several ideas for designing ramps. I would guess you'll need a permit, build to ada specs, and get inspection by you local building office. It doesn't really matter who lives in the house. It might also be a good idea to consult with your local fire dept. Picture someone in back yard needing emergency help, yard is fenced, and paramedics have to put patient on stretcher and wheel him/her up ramp and through house to ambulance parked out front.

Feb 08, 2021 04:46 AM
Kevin J. May
Florida Supreme Realty - Hobe Sound, FL
Serving the Treasure & Paradise Coasts of Florida

This site appears to be all-inclusive for contractors Fred:

So, so many articles express ADA compliance but there are practical guidelines that take the idea to a higher level which express some more practical considerations for your specific needs. Doing more than what would be considered as required may be superseded by what could become necessary or more desirable in the future. Best of luck!


Feb 08, 2021 11:56 AM
Doug Dawes
Keller Williams Evolution - 447 Boston Street, Suite #5, Topsfield, MA - Topsfield, MA
Your Personal Realtor®

Fred, call your local building inspector

Feb 08, 2021 07:25 AM
Tammy Lankford,
Lane Realty Eatonton, GA Lake Sinclair, Milledgeville, 706-485-9668 - Eatonton, GA
Broker GA Lake Sinclair/Eatonton/Milledgeville

1 inch of lift per one foot of length.  I had to know this from my office handicap parking spot (that had to be asphalt or concrete to my deck at the office.  I had to put a platform and turn to accomodate the requirement.

Feb 08, 2021 01:55 PM
Anna "Banana" Kruchten
HomeSmart Real Estate - Phoenix, AZ

I have no idea Fred but really interesting question.  Our contractors know and figure out all this kind of stuff as it's their expertise.   I also might add in my area 'aging in place' homes and patios typically do not have steps - and if they do not many steps and perhaps a ramp if need be.

Feb 08, 2021 03:28 PM