Eli5 why so many houses have stairs to the front door?

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I’m disabled, and have difficulty getting up stairs. I know that I’m not the only one. The only residential building i have ever seen without stairs to the front door is my current apartment. I don’t understand why it’s nearly impossible to find a handicap accessible home. So why is it like this? I’m in Canada, in case it’s relevant.

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Anonymous 0 Comments

Most Canadian homes have basements. The basement is usually dug such that windows above grade allow light into the basement area. That necessitates having a “ground floor” above grade.

Anonymous 0 Comments

Most Canadian homes have basements. The basement is usually dug such that windows above grade allow light into the basement area. That necessitates having a “ground floor” above grade.

Anonymous 0 Comments

Helps limit flood intrusion, allow for windows on basement levels, provides more privacy from passersby if floor raised above eye-level.

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Helps limit flood intrusion, allow for windows on basement levels, provides more privacy from passersby if floor raised above eye-level.

Anonymous 0 Comments

In most of Canada it snows. Having the front door elevated above grade makes it so that you don’t get snowed into your house all winter long.

Even on the west coast we still put the front door about 8” above grade, to prevent rainwater from flowing into your house under the door jamb.

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In most of Canada it snows. Having the front door elevated above grade makes it so that you don’t get snowed into your house all winter long.

Even on the west coast we still put the front door about 8” above grade, to prevent rainwater from flowing into your house under the door jamb.

Anonymous 0 Comments

Every house starts with some sort of footing slab/stumps.

To make it level with the ground the ground needs to be evacuated and the dirt taken somewhere, instead we level and build on top, which means your floor level is up.

It also allows seperation between the ground and your timbers, prevents rising damp and wood borers and rot getting inside.

Anonymous 0 Comments

Every house starts with some sort of footing slab/stumps.

To make it level with the ground the ground needs to be evacuated and the dirt taken somewhere, instead we level and build on top, which means your floor level is up.

It also allows seperation between the ground and your timbers, prevents rising damp and wood borers and rot getting inside.