The home lift industry is relatively young so the benefits are not widely known, but as a home mobility solution, a residential elevator is becoming increasingly popular.
These days, the prospect of installing a stairlift in your home is daunting due to the space consumed, not to mention keeping the mechanics going and the noise. But there is another way – the residential elevator.
The domestic lift doesn’t remind you that you are struggling with the stairs or that you are aging, it is stylish, space saving, streamlined, virtually silent and fast.
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A standard installation can take as little as one day and there are even some domestic elevators that require no building work as they self-support and run on self-contained motors, so all you need is a small opening in your ceiling and a compact space for the home elevator to sit.
Mark Blomfeld, MD at www.stiltzlifts.com, explains “Technology has come a long way and residential elevators are designed with the customer in mind nowadays.
“The designs are sleek and contemporary and the practical aspects are unrivaled; with some elevators even providing wheelchair uses with a thru car option, so they can enter the car from one side and leave from the other without having to turn or reverse.
“Most residential elevators carry two people between floors in under 30 seconds and provide access to all areas of their home with no limitations.
Customers at Stiltz say that their new residential elevators have quite literally changed their lives.”
Home elevators offer many technical features including integrated back up battery in the instance of a power failure, full height motion sensors which activate and stop the lift if crossed, key switch operation – which allows the user to isolate the lift if required (commonly used if the owner is on vacation, or the grandkids are visiting!), emergency stop button and hold to run controls – which allows the user to ‘drive’ the lift and feel in total control.
Design features can be equally as desirable, with most residential elevators created to be admired and then to blend effortlessly into the background. Some elevator cars have built in LED downlighting and clear or semi-transparent bodies – made from the very latest materials – so travel inside feels light and airy and not at all claustrophobic.
Many elevators also have incredibly compact footprints and no noisy hydraulics so they can fit virtually anywhere in the home – stairwell, hallway or even cupboard to cupboard – and make almost no noise in transit.
Typical home elevator applications include ‘standard retrofit’ which is where the lift travels from hallway or family room to a room directly above; ‘stairwell void’ where there is enough room within a turning staircase for a lift; ‘closet to closet’ for customers looking to conceal their home lift; ‘thru car’ where users can enter and exit from both sides of the elevator lift; ‘sloped/cathedral ceiling’ where a simple modification creates the appropriate horizontal surface for the lift to fix to and; ‘garage’ where the customer requires a lift to travel between a under house garage and ground floor room.