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How to Determine Your Budget for a Home Elevator

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Determining your budget for your home elevator may sound intimidating, but the process is quite simple. Once thought to be expensive luxuries reserved for the mansions of the rich and famous, today’s residential elevators are affordable necessities for anyone with mobility issues or who plans to age in place.

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Wheelchair Elevators for Mobility and Aging in Place

Symmetry Home Elevator in a custom Navy color

Wheelchairs provide much-needed mobility to people with injuries or disabilities and may become necessary if you plan on aging in place. Whether you currently use a wheelchair or believe you’ll need one as part of your aging-in-place modifications, a wheelchair elevator provides access to all levels of your home.

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What is a Shaftless Elevator?

Symmetry Shaftless Home Elevator

The traditional residential elevator is excellent for helping people access all levels of their homes but takes up a fair amount of space. Not everyone has the space to accommodate an elevator shaft, pit, and machine room. Thanks to the development of small residential elevators like the shaftless elevator, even small homes can be modified for people with limited mobility or people planning to age in place.

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4 Parts to Consider When Installing a Home Elevator

Installing a Symmetry Residential Elevator

If you are considering the addition of an elevator to your home, you may wonder how the installation process works. Whether new construction or renovation, your construction team will focus on these four main parts during the installation of a residential elevator: the hoistway, the machine room, the structure, and the elevator car. The space needed to house these elements should be considered when choosing a residential elevator.

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Does My House Have Enough Space for an Elevator?

Elevator for small house

Space is an important consideration when installing a home elevator in an existing house. No matter what type of elevator model you choose, you’ll have to sacrifice a certain amount of floor space. Once you understand typical elevator dimensions, you’ll be better positioned to make decisions about where to install a residential elevator, as well as which elevator types are most appropriate for your home.

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The Anatomy of a Wheelchair Lift

Symmetry Wheelchair Lift in garage

A wheelchair lift, also known as a vertical platform lift, is a powered lifting device used to transport wheelchairs and their users from one level to another. A wheelchair elevator for home use differs from a residential elevator in that it is not always fully enclosed, uses different drive systems, and requires relatively few site modifications. Vertical platform lifts are ideal for wheelchair users who may not have the space for a full residential elevator or require a low rise application or have a need for outdoor use.

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Accordion-Style Doors for Home Elevators

Clear Accordion Door on Stainless

As you design your custom home elevator, don’t overlook the safety and style of the accordion door. Accordion doors are the standard elevator door found on Symmetry Residential Elevators and are available in a variety of standard and optional laminate panels, unfinished hardwood veneer, acrylic, and aluminum.

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Can You Install a New Elevator in an Old House

Can you install a new elevator in an old house?

Home elevators can make your life easier by providing ease of access to all levels of your home. For people with mobility issues, home elevators improve both independence and safety; and retrofitting a house to include an elevator often increases its market value.

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Rules for Ensuring Home Elevator Safety

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Understanding basic home elevator safety is important for any household with a residential elevator. While safe and effective, home elevators do need to be operated with care. It’s important that you, your family, and any visitors know how to operate the elevator properly. This is especially true for children, who often find homes with elevators fascinating.

With that in mind, here are seven safety rules for home elevators. Most are simple, easy-to-follow tips to keep you safe and your elevator in proper working order.

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