Elevators, Home Elevator, Residential Elevator
Home Elevator Information and Costs
Things to consider before you buy a residential elevator
Once only for the rich and famous, a home elevator is now an affordable luxury to make the home barrier free and convenient. Building a new home with a residential elevator can add value to the property by making it accessible to all and by easing everyday tasks like lugging laundry and groceries between floors. Here’s some great information and, when you’re ready, we can help you find local experts with our pre-qualified network.
A private home elevator is a specialized version of a public elevator, with the same basic principle of operation. In North America, residential elevators should be built to meet certain code requirements that limit such things as the speed, size and capacity. Most home elevators require a shaft-way in which to travel. Modern designs feature automatic operation so they open, close and move down with single touch buttons.
Today’s home elevators can be finished inside to match the homeowner’s style and design tastes, including solid hardwood interiors and glass observation panels.
Home Elevators | Hardwood Interior | Silver Cross
Home elevator with solid hardwood interior.
Home Elevators | Observation Glass Panels | Silver Cross
Home elevator with glass observation panels.
Getting Started with Your Home Elevator
A locally trained residential elevator contractor will perform a site visit to assess the space you have and the construction requirements specific to your home. The best time to involve the contractor is when you are planning a new home or a major renovation. Not all home elevators have the same requirements, so it is imperative to select the elevator you want before the hoist-way is constructed. The best companies have free planning guides on their websites to advise on hoist-way construction.
Other Operational Choices
Your elevator will be custom built and programmed to travel from floor to floor with two stops or more. Each landing will have a call station button (hall call) installed and each landing will also require a special door that locks and cannot be opened unless the elevator is at the landing. The elevator itself should also have a cab door or gate to keep occupants from falling out of the cab while the elevator is in motion. Inside, the elevator will include a cab operating panel (COP) to allow the user to stop the elevator and to operate doors.
Inside the Elevator Cab
Traditional Home Elevator Drive Systems | Silver Cross
Home elevator interior cab finish
For traditional elevator drive systems, the inside of elevator cab can be finished as you like. Some companies offer great factory finish options including solid raised hardwood, veneer, MDF, melamine and plastic laminate walls. You many also choose to receive a basic unfinished cab and have your local home contractor to finish the cab to match your home.
The elevator will also have hardware fixtures such as a handrail, operating panel and pot lighting in the ceiling. You will be able to select styles and finishes for these components.
A home elevator cab is built to a variety of standard sizes or may be custom-sized. A good size is 40″ x 54″ (maximum size is 15 sq. ft in North America). A home elevator can have one or two doors that exit straight through or at 90 degrees to each other depending on your home’s construction. You may also have a choice for the height of your elevator cab. A taller cab (80″) will feel more spacious.
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