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Why Invest in a Residential Home Elevator?

A Residential Home Elevator is not only an investment but a convenience too. Why would you want an elevator in your home? An example would be if your mother came to visit and needs a way to get up and down between floors while staying there. Perhaps a family member has an injury or disability and they need to go up to their room. Many people have vacation  homes where they’re going to be staying 2 or 3 weeks. They want some way to get from the garage, or from the exterior, into the house without having to carry luggage and groceries up multiple flights of stairs. These are just a few benefits of investing in a home elevator. 

Accessibility

Elevators are an easily justified addition to homes for a variety of reasons. Larger homes with extra levels require climbing lots of stairs. Or, if you are one of the many people with physical mobility challenges, you already know the value of home elevators and similar accessibility devices in public facilities. Your own home should be one place you don’t have to worry about moving around effortlessly, no matter where you want to go in your house, or how often. A residential elevator will give you maximum mobility with minimum effort throughout the levels of your home. Just make sure you contact a trusted provider of high-quality residential elevators.

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Building Costs

A home elevator pre-planned into your new house will enable you to build taller without worrying about long flights of stairs. It’s commonly known that building upward is less expensive than building outward to achieve the same square footage. The savings on your foundation size and roof area will help to offset the cost of an elevator, plus pay maintenance dividends for years to come.

Planning For The Long-Term

Perhaps there’s an elderly relative who may one day have to move in with you, or a disabled friend who will need access your home. Maybe you’re concerned about your own future challenges and want to make sure you can always live independently in your own house. Or, you might be thinking about home resale value for your heirs when the time comes. For any of these eventualities, a home elevator is the smart choice for the long-term. It increases the value and utility of your home, but most importantly, it increases your safety, enjoyment, and peace of mind for as long as you live there.

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Adding An Elevator To An Existing Building

Think you don’t have space for a home elevator? You might be surprised. We have experience in finding ways to fit a home elevator in with even the most restrictive floorplan. Below is an animated example of a classic problem and solution. Here we have a townhouse with little interior space for an elevator. Since there’s no footprint within the building, we create one outside it using an exterior shaft. The result, finished to match the rest of the building, only enhances the exterior appeal. Click Play below to watch.

What Does A Residential Elevator Cost?

Just as garage door openers and home theaters, once considered extravagant luxuries, have become the norm for most households, home elevators are increasingly valued and even expected in higher-end dwellings. Realtors tell us that reselling non-accessible homes is very difficult, and for good reason: A large proportion of today’s home buyers are approaching retirement and thinking about their future. A home elevator can actually reduce the overall cost of building a house by enabling the architect to plan upward instead of outward, shrinking the foundation size and roof area while maintaining or increasing floor space with extra levels.

Frequently Asked Questions

Established in 2001, Country Home Elevator and its technicians are experts in stair lifts, wheelchair lifts vertical platform lifts, incline lifts, home elevators, LU/LA limited use elevators, freight lifts, dumbwaiters, and car lifts. We will work with you to find the right solution for your home, from aesthetics to additional features. And if you call us for assistance at any time, you won’t get an automated response. Our phones are always answered by someone who can help.

For many, it’s a matter of practicality. Today’s homes are larger and navigating between floors can be a safety issue. Elevators make it easy for all residents and guests to safely access all parts of the home, regardless of injury or handicap, or items being carried. Additionally, home elevators can dramatically increase the home’s resale value.

When installed and used properly, a home elevator is extremely safe.

The doors to your elevator will lock mechanically and can only be opened once the elevator is at its designated floor.

In the event of a power failure, your home elevator’s battery operated safety feature will kick in. This will return the elevator to the designated floor and illuminate the car interior with emergency lighting.

While not all home elevators can fit wheelchairs, Country Home Elevator can design an elevator for you to meet your specific needs, down to wheelchair access. Be sure to include wheelchair mobility in your conversation with your elevator expert.

Like all home appliances, your elevator will require maintenance, and the amount of maintenance often depends on the type of elevator you purchase. Generally, we advise that your elevator be inspected every 12 months, but this time window can fluctuate depending on your specific elevator. Recommended frequency of inspection also depends on where you live, as different states may have different requirements.

All of Country Home Elevator’s products have a weight capacity of 950 lbs.

In the event of a power failure, your home elevator’s battery operated safety feature will kick in. This will return the elevator to the designated floor and illuminate the car interior with emergency lighting.

Contact Country Home Elevator to discuss the possibility of adding an elevator to your current home. We will provide an analysis of your property and go over your options.

Car Gate: The door or gate to your elevator. This will travel with you as you navigate between floors.

Car: The space of the elevator you occupy to navigate between floors.

Electromechanical Interlocks: Electrically wired lock in the hoistway door that prevents the door from opening when the elevator is not stopped at the landing. The elevator will not run unless all doors are closed.

Hoistway: The passage through or along which the elevator is hoisted.

Home Elevator: An elevator primarily designed and used by private residents in their personal homes.

Jack (Hydraulic): A unit consisting of a cylinder equipped with a plunger or piston which applies the energy provided by a liquid under pressure.

Machine Room: A room beside the elevator hoistway where the drive system and electrical control box is housed.

Overhead Clearance: The clearance needed to accommodate the components on top of an elevator car. It is measured from the upper level floor to the lowest obstruction at the top of the hoistway.

Pit: Portion of a hoistway extending from sill level of lowest landing to the floor at the bottom of the hoistway.

Rail: The metal track that guides the elevator in a vertical path.

Roped Hydraulic: A drive system utilizing a hydraulic jack connected to the car wire ropes or indirectly coupled to the car via wire ropes and sheaves.

Residential Elevator: A residential (or home) elevator is an elevator primarily designed for the needs of private homes and multi-family housing, such as townhomes and condominiums.

Sling: L-shaped heavy-duty metal support that the elevator car rests on. The sling travels up and down, carrying the elevator car.

Sheave: Pulley.

Winding Drum: A geared drive machine in which the suspension ropes are fastened to and wind on a rotating drum.

The Question Is…

The question really isn’t “What does it cost to have a residential elevator?” but “What does it cost not to have a residential elevator?” It could cost your mobility, or someone else’s, or a loss in the value of your home – or even your ability to stay in your house when you reach your own “golden years”.

That said, Country Home Elevator works hard to bring you competitive pricing on what we believe is the best-value elevator line available on the market today – Symmetry Elevating Solutions. Get automatic pricing now, then later you can call us and schedule a time when we can come, look at your site, and give you an exact quote. Or, if you prefer, go ahead and select your own options to request a custom elevator quote.

Free Local Elevator Contractor Quotes

If you want an exact bid for a job, please contact us for a detailed quote. We offer free elevator bids for any job or application, without any obligation. For a bid number you can trust and service you can rely on, see Country Home Elevator.

Elevator Quote Comparison

If you’re looking to compare multiple quotes in one place, we can help you sort through all the models, options, and prices before making a decision. We can even create multiple elevator quotes for the same job so that you can compare complete sets of features vs. their actual home elevator cost.

Just as garage door openers and home theaters, once considered extravagant luxuries, have become the norm for most households, home elevators are increasingly valued and even expected in higher-end dwellings. Realtors tell us that reselling non-accessible homes is very difficult, and for good reason: A large proportion of today’s home buyers are approaching retirement and thinking about their future. As mentioned elsewhere, a home elevator can actually reduce the overall cost of building a house by enabling the architect to plan upward instead of outward, shrinking the foundation size and roof area while maintaining or increasing floor space with extra levels.

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