Adding an Elevator to Your Home? Be thoughtful when considering the size, shape, and design.

As baby boomers are entering retirement, more people are trying to make their homes work for them. Instead of moving to a smaller home or even moving into a retirement home, people in their 30s, 40s and 50s are following a trend called “aging-in-place.” They are taking their home renovation projects or gut rehab, and doing things like adding an elevator. With additions like an elevator, if they face a handicap or disability in later years, they, and their home, will be prepared. 

Here are some tips for installing a residential elevator in your home:

Choosing the Right Elevator for Your Home

– Consider the size/dimensions needed for wheelchair access or moving furniture. Minimum is typically 3ft x 4ft interior.

– Measure space available and ceiling height. This will determine what type can be accommodated – hydraulic, pneumatic, traction, etc.

– Choose between an in-home lift, light commercial model, or full-scale luxury residential elevator based on needs and budget.

– Decide on shape: round, oval or square. Round uses less space but square fits corners nicely.

– Determine lift capacity required. Light use residential models can be 500-750 lbs. Heavy duty commercial models support up to 2,500 lbs.

Adding an Elevator to your Home? Here’s how to Vet Manufacturers and Installers:

– Look for companies specializing in residential elevators with 5+ years experience. Check credentials and licensing.

– Ask for referrals from previous clients. Reputable companies will provide references.

– Get at least 3 quotes. Compare warranties – look for 5 years minimum.

– Check what prep work is included in the home elevator bid, including the cost of pulling permits, electrical costs, any structural preparation that’s required, etc.

– Look for customized design options like creative cab interiors and door styles.

– Verify the company handles all installation and will do any needed repairs.

With proper planning and a qualified installer, a home elevator can be a wonderful convenience. Be sure to account for all measurements, safety codes and costs in your budget. 

Read more about permits and elevators:

Elevator Not Working. Again.

Buying a House with Open Permits

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