Exterior Accessible Ramp construction from rear laneway

Posted by: Cathy from Toronto

We need to alter an existing retaining wall that connects our urban back yard to the rear laneway in order to build an accessibility ramp from that laneway to our rear deck. Our property is 1 metre or more above grade. We need to provide the city with Structural Engineer's drawings to get a permit.

We have a proposal made before us to provide Permit drawings to allow the following renos:

remove retaining walls and reinforce as needed; design landscape, ramp, new deck, storage, awning; elevations of the house included.

They have proposed to provide the above for $4500. plus HST. This seems too expensive. What do you think? Do you have any advice to offer?

4/20/2011 at 2:54:06 PM
Date/Time5/19/2011 at 6:48:34 PM

You are probably getting a fair price. After all they are engineers and their letter is the only one the city will accept. Don't be affraid to shop around. They should also be competitive. Make sure they are all providing the same service.


Date/TimeCathy in Toronto
Date/Time5/19/2011 at 9:26:18 PM

Thanks Jay, I appreciate your feedback. Having done more research I have found that the price is in fact reasonable. Who knew?

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