5 Reasons Why You Should Never Use a DIY Home Elevator Kit

Home Elevators are not DIY

“Can I build my own elevator?” is a question we hear quite often at Symmetry Elevators. After all, DIY home elevator kits are available on the market. You can find YouTube tutorials for almost anything, so why not indulge your inner handyperson and install an in-home elevator yourself?

DIY home elevators are, unfortunately, not a good idea. We’ve already discussed why home elevator kits are not do-it-yourself in the past. Here we’ll go into a little more detail about why you should never use a DIY elevator kit.

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Custom Luxury Elevator for Home Use

Custom Luxury Home Elevator

Customization of a home elevator encompasses everything from selecting the material type and finish for panels, car gates, and fixtures, to choosing flooring and lighting. Symmetry is masterful at creating custom elevators for homes designed and built to reflect your taste and complement your surroundings.

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The New Residential Elevator Owner Checklist

New Home Elevator Checklist

Home elevator installation is an exciting but sometimes complicated process. You’ll have plenty of factors to consider and questions you’ll want to answer. How much space is needed for an elevator? How long does home elevator installation take? How often does your new elevator need maintenance? The following checklist will help you stay organized and on-task as you choose, install, and use your new home elevator.

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How to Determine Your Budget for a Home Elevator

Couple working together to budget their home elevator

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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Accordion-Style Doors for Home Elevators

Accordion Gate with Clear Acrylic in Home Elevator

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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