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    Whadda ya think a concrete ramp for this will cost?

    I've been kicking around a weekend home idea. Buy something much like this and adapt it. The front door has a couple steps involved, so that would have to go.

    Any experiences/costs with having a walkway ripped out and a graded concrete walk installed in its place that you could share?

    #2
    Don't know in the mid-west, but, I can see some really nasty stretch marks in the concrete driveway from that thing that followed you home.......

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      #3
      LOL...it does have quite the 'launch pad' there, eh?

      I think some other vehicles up on blocks would fill in the space nicely, along with a spare fridge, couch, etc on the front lawn...

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        #4
        Too much unless you go with decking instead. It looks like you would be above the foundation on both sides, so that would have to be dealt with as wooden members (here) are supposed to be six inches above ground level.

        I'd try to find one that doesn't have the front door recessed like that one does.
        I have had periodic paralysis all my life. I lost my ability to walk in 2011 beginning with a spinal block, which was used for a hip fracture caused by periodic paralysis.

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          #5
          Andy,
          Figure your length x wide x depth of concrete and then divide by 27. That will give you the yardage. Add another 5% to play it safe. Concrete in the northeast is running about $120 a yard. Flat work masons usually double the yardage cost for an estimate. I would go 5' wide and 6 inches thick with the concrete. Also use a 3500 pound mix. If your frost is bad, I would also make sure you have a good stone base and maybe throw fiberglass mesh in the mix if available from the cement yard. It will help with the cracks. Good luck
          Best Regards,
          Joe

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            #6
            If you put in a CC ramp think about ice melter coils in it, just to be safe on the way to "the thing that followed you home"!

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              #7
              Two steps is only a foot high, so not so much concrete if you can start at the existing porch with the slope and keep it away from the building.
              I have had periodic paralysis all my life. I lost my ability to walk in 2011 beginning with a spinal block, which was used for a hip fracture caused by periodic paralysis.

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                #8
                Thanks for the tips guys.

                So you think there would be a problem if I wanted concrete to the door itself vs. having wood near that area so as to stay below the foundation level? I cant tell from the photo, but I did see this place, and if I remember right, the steps up and possibly the deck in front of the door were some sort of stone/cement. Cant say for sure though

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                  #9
                  The picture is grainy Andy, so it's hard to say, but as long as you keep from pouring concrete against untreated wooden members you should be okay.
                  I have had periodic paralysis all my life. I lost my ability to walk in 2011 beginning with a spinal block, which was used for a hip fracture caused by periodic paralysis.

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                    #10
                    Do you have to go through the front door with ramped access? Could you ramp inside the garage and use that as your entrance? My home has two steps up at the front door, but my ramped access is through the garage. I also have ramped access from the back of my house into the garden.

                    Just a thought.

                    All the best,
                    GJ

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                      #11
                      When we bought our last place in Maryland there was a step up from the drive to the front of the house part of the walk and then 2 rather low deep steps into the house in a recessed porch area. The place was on a slab with wood siding when we bought it. The entire place was 20 years old then and we replaced the drive and had the walk graded so it was even at the threshold. I'm guessing here but I'd say the entire demolition and redo of the drive/walk and grading was around $4,500. back in 1992. That was high because a good deal of the work was so close to the house it had to be done with hand tools not machines.

                      If you seriously start looking find a realtor that understands that you want a single story but with wide halls. Damn difficult to widen interior doors with narrow halls. Then before doing any concrete work other than a few estimates get a good landcape designer in. They don't cost that much so give him your wish list. Once you get the plans and an estimate pay the designer off and thank him/her. They are great at pinpointing if the walk should be further away from the house or widened. They give you the names of the plants, upkeep, whether underground water sprinklers work in your area and how to fix your backyard area for ground level decks (these cost a fortune and Home Depot, etc do not build them). Once you have a landscape plan that fits you then call in the final concrete folks on what you want. The landscape planting and stuff is much easier on the wallet if you go to a good local nursery who pitch you a plants/trees plus labor price that beats any designer costs. We basically had a very low maintainence set up with a company that mowed the front yard once a week for $25 and skipped mid-summer when the grass went into heat hibernation. Each spring cost us about $350 for a complete spring clean up of trimmed hedges, shrubs, cut back decorative grasses, edged all the walk and drive, seeded bare spots from dog pee and then mulched everything. They were cheap because his company did not do trees or mess with fertilizers. Those require higher workman comp policy prices and EPA classes and expensive permits.

                      If you're looking north of the border most areas are still great buys and bargain bidding works. :-)
                      Courage doesn't always roar. Sometimes courage is the quiet voice at the end of the day saying, "I will try again tomorrow."

                      Disclaimer: Answers, suggestions, and/or comments do not constitute medical advice expressed or implied and are based solely on my experiences as a SCI patient. Please consult your attending physician for medical advise and treatment. In the event of a medical emergency please call 911.

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                        #12
                        My last house had door-porch-steps-sidewalk-driveway. Tore out the steps so it went door-porch-ramp-driveway. It was all concrete.
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                          #13
                          Originally posted by Sue Pendleton View Post
                          ... Once you get the plans and an estimate pay the designer off and thank him/her...
                          I did this with both my home and irrigation system. Do your own contracting with professional plans.
                          I have had periodic paralysis all my life. I lost my ability to walk in 2011 beginning with a spinal block, which was used for a hip fracture caused by periodic paralysis.

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                            #14
                            Originally posted by Andy View Post
                            I've been kicking around a weekend home idea. Buy something much like this and adapt it. The front door has a couple steps involved, so that would have to go.

                            Any experiences/costs with having a walkway ripped out and a graded concrete walk installed in its place that you could share?
                            Why not just do a nice wood ramp up with a platform at the top and tear out those railings on the little landing, that would work best in my opinion and only cost around a grand maybe less depending on who does it.
                            "Life is about how you
                            respond to not only the
                            challenges you're dealt but
                            the challenges you seek...If
                            you have no goals, no
                            mountains to climb, your
                            soul dies".~Liz Fordred

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                              #15
                              Originally posted by Curt Leatherbee View Post
                              Why not just do a nice wood ramp up with a platform at the top and tear out those railings on the little landing, that would work best in my opinion and only cost around a grand maybe less depending on who does it.
                              We didn't because of covenants. The local board would approve a wood but not metal ramp but it took weeks. We didn't need approval for replacement in kind and if anyone had brought up the unseen grading that gave us a flat in they'd be facing a lawyer specializing in the ADA guidelines law.

                              As it turned out after our grading several others on our cul de sac did the same when replacing their drives.
                              Courage doesn't always roar. Sometimes courage is the quiet voice at the end of the day saying, "I will try again tomorrow."

                              Disclaimer: Answers, suggestions, and/or comments do not constitute medical advice expressed or implied and are based solely on my experiences as a SCI patient. Please consult your attending physician for medical advise and treatment. In the event of a medical emergency please call 911.

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