No-Step Entry No-Step Entry Flanked by low landscaping walls that disguise the incline, a long ramp paved with natural stone provides a stepless transition from a driveway all the way to the front door. This popular accessibility feature makes it easy and safe for anyone — especially those in wheelchairs or with limited mobility — to enter the house. ADA guidelines say access ramps should have an incline of no more than 1 inch of rise for every 12 inches of length.
This Wooden ramp onto a porch provides a beautiful example of a ramp into a deck with a warning- given the lack of length for the incline (doesn't follow building standards) the wheelchair user can't use this independently. Lessons: ramps to deck can be beautiful hidden accessibility but the codes of pitch are there for us for real usability issues.
Jikka, the innovative home for Japanese seniors ~ This cluster of five hilltop teepees in Japan's eastern Shizuoka prefecture, 115 miles from Tokyo, is actually a private retirement home. Worried that in the future someone would have to take care of them, it was built by Nobuko Suma & Sachiko Fujioka, two women in their 60s. The design took into account their residents' future: there are no stairs in the property, while the spiral-shaped bath was built with a ramp for wheelchair access.