Entry routes are the paths to the home. While a single step or stairs are common at entryways, providing a step-free way into a home means that everyone can come and go easily, safely and without limitation.
The Toolkit shows entry routes that use grading rebuilt to the level of the first floor. Proper grading avoids the traditional use of ramps, which are not visually pleasing and can also be easily removed reducing ease of access.
Decks at first floor level also prevent water infiltration and protect kids, adults and the elderly when entering and exiting the home during inclement weather.
As with other parts of the home, doors must be wide enough for easy passage. Lower thresholds help reduce tripping while hardware should be easy for everyone to operate, i.e. levers vs. knobs and the type of locking device.DOWNLOAD