At the planning and design stage of your Granny Flat project, it is important to consider accessibility and inclusivity for all potential occupants or visitors. Our Design Consultants will specifically ask you about any accessibility requirements in your free site assessment so this is the first opportunity to discuss what will make living in the home stress free and simple for the occupant.
If a ramp is required, it can be incorporated into the design of just about any of our designs. By considering factors such as slope, width, surface, handrails, and lighting, a ramp can be seamlessly integrated into the overall design of the building, providing improved accessibility for all. This not only benefits those with mobility challenges but also enhances the overall value and appeal of the property.
Types of ramps for a Granny Flat
The primary benefit of adding a ramp to a granny flat is improved accessibility for individuals with mobility challenges. A ramp can make it easier for wheelchair users, people with walkers, and anyone who has difficulty navigating stairs to enter and exit the flat safely and independently.
- Modular Ramps: These ramps are made up of individual sections that can be assembled in various configurations to fit the space and design of the Granny Flat.
- Portable Ramps: These ramps are lightweight and easy to move, making them a good option for temporary or short-term use.
- Threshold Ramps: These ramps are designed to provide a smooth transition between different levels, such as the entrance to the Granny Flat and the surrounding outdoor space.
- Custom-Built Ramps: These ramps are built to fit the specific dimensions and layout of the Granny Flat, and can be designed to blend in with the overall aesthetic of the building.
Your Cubitt's design Consultant will work with you to work out which sort of access works best for your requirements. If a custom build ramp is required it will be built in accordance with all the national and state safety requirements.
Ramp design considerations
When designing and building a ramp for your Granny Flat, there are several important factors to consider. These include
- Slope: The ramp should have a gentle slope that is easy to navigate and meets the requirements of local building codes and accessibility guidelines.
- Width: The ramp should be wide enough to accommodate wheelchairs, walkers, and other mobility devices. A width of at least 36 inches is recommended.
- Surface: The ramp should have a slip-resistant surface that provides good traction, even in wet or icy conditions.
- Handrails: Handrails should be installed on both sides of the ramp to provide support and stability for users.
- Lighting: Adequate lighting should be installed around the ramp to ensure that it is safe and easy to use at all times of day and night
Granny Flat floorplans with ramp
When designing a granny flat with a ramp, it is important to consider the location of the ramp in relation to the entrance and the overall layout of the flat. Ideally, the ramp should be located near the entrance and should provide easy access to all areas of the flat. The ramp should also be wide enough to accommodate a wheelchair or walker and should have a gentle slope that meets accessibility guidelines.
One way to incorporate a ramp into a granny flat floor plan is to design the entrance with a small porch or landing that provides a smooth transition to the ramp. The ramp can be built alongside the porch or landing and should be wide enough to allow for easy manoeuvring.
At Cubitt's, we believe that everyone deserves a comfortable and safe home, and with Shay and all our team’s expertise and support, we are committed to making that a reality for all our clients.
If you are considering a Granny Flat as an option for your family, you are welcome to take your time browsing in our showrooms - bring in as many family members as you like, and see how comfy and spacious they can be - and of course talk to our team about how they can be customised to what you need.
This article was written by our Care Customer Specialist, Shayoni Shah. As our dedicated ambassador to those needing to understand what customisations and adaptations are required on a individual level, Shay has gone the extra mile to receive specialised training in providing exceptional support for customers who require extra care in their Granny Flat builds. Her expertise in accessible design and customer service will ensure a seamless and stress-free building experience for all client. If you'd like to speak to Shay when you call - simply ask for her, or email email@example.com.
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