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How difficult/cost is it to turn a hallway step into a slope on a wood floor for disabled access?

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  1. J2021

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    Hello,
    I am interested in a bungalow but as a disabled person require flat floors, however, this one has a step off the wood floored living room (5") down to the hallway for the kitchen and shower room either side.
    So my question is, would it be a major hassle/project to create a slope in the living room floor leading to where the step is/was?

    If this is the wrong thread mods please move.
    Cheers
     
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  3. In terms of building work it’s nothing complicated, it’ll be the size of the ramp thats more likely to be the issue.

    You’ll be making a ramp so will need to comply with building regs - off the top of my head I think from BR approved document K the maximum gradient is something like 1:12 - so for your ramp with 125mm rise, it would need to be 1.5m long.
    Depending on how big your lounge is, the ramp could end up taking up a good proportion of the room?
     
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    I think if you call it a threshold you can do a 1:6
    If it was a big outdoor ramp then 1:20?

    I would get someone to knock up a simple ply ramp and try it. I doubt it would be easy.
    Could one option be to create a level area outside the living room in the hall, then ramp down from the "platform" to a new sloped hallway? It would depend on the layout.
     
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    Thanks for the replies.
    The wood floor dining room/lounge is 22' feet long, so plenty of room to go back from.
    In the picture, the step is in red. errwsr.JPG
    I did consider raising the hall but obviously then you'd have to raise the kitchen and shower room which I can't imagine is easy or cheap.
    Any further suggestions or points to be aware of greatly appreciated.
     
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    Would it be possible to partly "lower" the living room entrance?
    I am thinking a ramp from the hall that starts with your red line and rises to the LR floor? I am sure I have seen that done in shop entrances or somewhere?
    You might need a rail beside the open side - I can't imagine how hard it would be to go up a ramp.
    My idea was to have a straight run from the hall but I guess you could run from the door towards the RHS to gain a couple of feet in length?
     
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    the wood floor - is it over a original wood suspended floor - or over a concrete floor ?
     
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    It's an original wood floor.
     
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    Then it will be easy to create a ramp. Like Tigerclubrider suggests. I wondered if it meant digging up concrete under a modern wood floor.
     
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