one lesson-learned from a new house we built for jessica in 2004 was the impact of exterior door sills. finding the proper balance of “flushness” (minimizing the “bump” at the door) and weather control (keeping the elements outside where they belong) is the ongoing battle, especially when accommodating a wheelchair. we thought we had adequately addressed the issue in 2004, but we were wrong. those doors have a very robust weather-resistant sill assembly. unfortunately, that equated into a robust wheelchair barrier, as well. we were able to mitigate to some extent by installing small aluminum “ramps” at each door, but the solution remains a basic “fail”. so, in this house we’ve been determined not to repeat that mistake (we’ll just create some new ones!). the following documents our low-impact door sill detail.
we look forward to exterior paving and jessica’s first “test drive”!