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On Another Segment Of “ASK CRAIG:” Working With A Builder When Installing An Elevator

On another segment of “Ask Craig,” we are diving into elevator installs in a new build and what it’s like working with a builder and an elevator company simultaneously!
“Great question! Thank you for asking and congratulations on your new build!
We absolutely work with builders, contractors, and architects when it comes to new build construction. In most cases, we work directly with the builder, of course with any input from the homeowner. Once the plans have been made of where you want your residential elevator, what kind of elevator needs to be ordered, and any design choices made, we work with the builder to get it installed and take it off your plate.
We also work with the city to get permitting needed, make sure inspections are upheld and any other kind of construction must do’s.
Things to prepare before the meeting with the builder and ourselves:
1) What general area do you want your elevator to be placed in or do you need us to advise on the best configuration?
2) Grab your blueprints so we can get exact measurements and logistics. Some of your elevator choices will depend on those dimensions and what type of space will be needed for the drive equipment or will we need an outside the box solution of a shaftless elevator, vacuum elevator or glass elevator hoistway?
3) Know your budget and speak to your builder about it.There’s a lot of misinformation on the internet about today’s costs of adding an elevator, so it’s important to get connected with a local elevator specialist who’s familiar with your area and application to help with estimating your investment on the elevator front. We will completely install your elevator but things like creating an elevator shaft, electrical, installation of flush frames for elevator safety compliance, drywall, painting (really any construction aspect) or modifying blueprints will be additional costs from the builder, outside of your elevator install with us.
All in all, we want to make this process as smooth as possible for you and your builder. We have a full team that’s dedicated to working and advising directly with a builder to assist on the requirements needed for your elevator install to run smoothly. Timelines will go hand in hand.
Please feel free to reach out to us directly to discuss further for your specific project or pass our information along to your builder and we will all take it from there.”

Check Your Elevator Quote for These Things

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In the market for an elevator? We know that it can be very smart to shop around.

However, we just ask that you let us help you compare their quote to ours. Most times it won’t be apples to apples. We can help break down the costs to see the big picture!

For example, did you know that each manufacturer has a different warranty? Some warranties only include one year. So while they may be the cheaper option at install, in the long run, you may be spending more.

Do you have specific finishes picked out or is this a generalized, first bat quote?

Check your quote for these things:

(If the line items do not show it on the proposal/quote, ask the company if these things were considered)

1) Does the price include the cost of Flush Frames?

2) Are your gates powered or manual operation?

3) What are the interior finishes?

4) What is the drive of the equipment?

5) What is the manufacturer’s warranty?

At Country Home Elevator & Stair Lift, we do the customer first approach. We listen, and you get exactly what you need. Have a set budget? We can still help! We offer such a wide variety of products/solutions and have multiple partnerships with vendors to give you all the options you desire, within that budget.

What sets us apart: We take your inquiry form, gather any notes or photos, and offer a quick phone consultation to get some needed details so that we can give you an all in price. No hidden fees or add on costs here!

So, if you are in the market to shop around, please give us a chance to speak with you and help you through that process. There are SO MANY key details to the quoting process. We would love to help! Call us to get started at 417-376-4009 or fill out our quote form with the button below!


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Midwest Ability Summit Featuring The Innovative Stairwell Elevator This Weekend

Midwest Ability Summit Featuring The Innovative Stairwell Elevator This Weekend

Open Wall View - The Stairwell Elevator

The Stairwell Elevator: Creation to Exhibition

When Todd Edmunds’ older brother Fritz suffered a neck injury in a diving accident, Todd found the need to find an efficient way to get him up and down the stairs.  Adding an elevator to their home was not an option, he wanted to find a way to utilize the space already taken up by the staircase.  By way of a salvage yard, eBay, and lots of trial and error, the first Stairwell Elevator was created. 

Once Todd Edmunds received the US Utility Patent on his project, the next step was to bring the product to the market.  The challenge with an innovative product is that the National Elevator Code does not specifically reference the function of how the Stairwell Elevator operates, and designing to meet the National Elevator Code requires some understanding of the code approval process. Country Home Elevator and Stair Lifts Owner Craig Jones was referred to him by industry colleagues who suggested that he could help.  Coming from a long background of experience in the elevator industry, including a position in the Engineering Department and Sales at American Stair-Glide and positions with Thyssen and Access Industries, Craig was a fully qualified elevator expert well before he founded Country Home Elevator and Stair Lifts in 2001. He holds a number of industry certifications, positions and awards, including 6 years on the ASME 5.3 Residence Elevator Code Committee.

Todd Edmunds and Craig Jones soon added Fabrication Engineer Austin Heywood to the team.   Country Home Elevator Licensed Technicians also assisted with the project, including Senior Technician Ron Gist and Service Manager Bill Zarr.  Now, after a lot of hard work and safety engineering, The Stairwell Elevator Team is now ready to share this invention with the world and to help everyone experience the freedom, utility and affordability that only the Stairwell Elevator can provide.

The Stairwell Elevator will make its first public appearance this August.  “I think we have covered all the Safety aspects and will be asking for Inspector input in our upcoming Overland Park, Kansas Midwest Abilities Summit Show”. – Craig Jones

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Staircase Normal Position
Staircase Up, Elevator Rising
Staircase Rising
Staircase Up, Elevator Rising
Staircase Up, Elevator Rising
Elevator At Top
Elevator At Top

Freight Lifts – Where Are We Wednesdays (08/08/2018)​

Freight Lifts
Where Are We Wednesdays (08/08/2018)

Happy Wednesday Folks!

Senior Technician Ron sent in the picture on the left while in Branson, Missouri.  He has returned to Grand Country Inn to complete any final adjustments needed on the Canton Elevators Country Home Elevator has installed over the past few months.  Grand Country Inn has an indoor waterpark, so vacationers will be able to access the elevators instead of chancing fate on potentially slick stairs.  These elevators also give handicapped guests more room options.

The top middle picture is a selfie of Technician Tim in Fayetteville, Arkansas.  He is finalizing an installation of a Symmetry Home Elevator.  The new elevator owners will be able to take their newly finished lift for a ride today!

The final two pictures were sent in by Technician Ivan from Carthage, Missouri.  He is servicing an Autoquip Freight Lift.  Freight Lifts, also known as vertical reciprocating conveyors, provide an exceptional solution for transferring high-capacity freight between mezzanine levels. Autoquip’s Freight Lifts provide a safe, economical, and reliable solution for vertical lifting challenges all within a small footprint. All of their freight lifts meet or exceed the requirements of ASME B20.1 (Safety Requirements for Conveyors and Related Equipment).  These lifts are designed to move freight and materials, they are not for passengers.

Our crews are also in St. Louis, University City, Belton, Prairie Village, Ottawa, Springfield, Edmond, Oklahoma City, Pauls Valley, Kimberling City, and Blue Eye today.  If you see one of our trucks feel free to tag us on Facebook using #countryhomeelevator or #wherearewewednesdays

Thanks for reading, and remember to check us out every Wednesday for updates!

GCI Canton Elevator
GCI Canton Elevator
Tim in Hoistway
Tim in Hoistway
Autoquip Lift
Autoquip Lift
Autoquip Lift 2
Autoquip Lift

Elevator and Stair Lift Service – Where Are We Wednesdays (08/01/2018)​

Elevator and Stair Lift Service
Where Are We Wednesdays (08/01/2018)

Happy Wednesday Folks!

Installation Manager Bill, Lead Technician Adam, and Technician Austin are in Springfield, Missouri uninstalling two out-of-service elevators for Bass Pro Shops.  They sent in the two pictures on the left, Wonders of Wildlife can be seen in the background of the first.  Although uncommon, mobility equipment removals are one of the services we offer.

The top middle picture was taken by Senior Technician Ron, he and Technician Ivan are also in Springfield today.  They met up with a Savaria Factory Rep, and are completing on the job factory training with a Savaria Telecab.  Continuing Education is not only important for crew efficiency, it is actually required by State and National Standards. 

Our newest employee, Technician Jake, sent in the bottom middle picture from Branson, Missouri.  He is on a service call for a Stannah Stair Lift.  Welcome to the team Jake!

The final two pictures were sent in by Sales Consultant John while in Osage Beach, Missouri.  Several weeks ago, our crews finished the installation of a Symmetry Vertical Platform Lift at Dog Days Bar and Grille.  This lift services three levels, the boat dock, the pool, and the restaurant.  The lift is in such a beautiful spot John was excited to see the final product. 

Our crews are also in Jefferson City, Kansas City, Leawood, Oak Grove, Ottawa, Oklahoma City, Orongo, Eureka Springs, Bolivar, Nixa, and Luther today.  If you see one of our trucks feel free to tag us on Facebook using #countryhomeelevator or #wherearewewednesdays

Thanks for reading, and remember to check us out every Wednesday for updates!

Crew Unistalling
Stannah Service
Dog Days
Lake Views

Curved Stairlift Installation and Safety Upgrades – Where Are We Wednesdays (07/25/2018)

Curved Stairlift Installation and Safety Upgrades
Where Are We Wednesdays (07/25/2018)

Happy Wednesday Folks!

Starting with the two pictures on the left, Kansas City Technician Darren and Technician Ivan are in Belton, Missouri today.  The top picture is of Ivan finishing up the installion of a Handicare Curved Stair Lift.  Most staircases go straight up and down, but when a staircase has a turn, we can install a custom-fitted lift to accommodate.  These lifts have many customizable options, as you can see the rail matches the woodwork of the home.  The bottom picture is of the happy customer, taking his new lift for a spin!

The top middle picture was taken by Operations Manager Jim in Skiatook, Oklahoma.  He is with Technician Owen installing a Symmetry Home Elevator.  This hydraulic elevator will service three floors once completed.

The bottom middle picture was taken by Lead Technician Adam in Springfield, Missouri today.  He is servicing an old ThyssenKrupp Access Vertical Platform Lift.  Although many of these lifts are still operating today, their original manufacturer is no longer in business.  Country Home Elevator has decades of experience with these lifts and are commonly called even when we were not the original servicing company.

Inclinator Company of America is another manufacturer that we have worked with for decades now.  They recently requested Country Home Elevator to assist in taking over service for many of their lifts that were installed by other companies.  All of lifts they reached out about require safety upgrades, maintenance, adjustment, or even replacement.  Senior Technician Ron is in Kimberling City, Missouri today running tests on one of these units.

Our crews are also in Fayetteville, Eagle Rock, Warrensburg, Bethany, Luther, Berryville, Moran, Moundville, and Nevada today.  If you see one of our trucks feel free to tag us on Facebook using #countryhomeelevator or #wherearewewednesdays

Thanks for reading, and remember to check us out every Wednesday for updates!

Ivan Installing
Happy Customer
Symmetry Installation
Ron Testing Lift

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