There are several things you need to understand when considering the purchase of a residential elevator. If you are reading this, then you already have a reason to install an elevator in mind. So what do you need to know to make the best choices moving forward? There are a few key items to consider when designing your elevator.
1. Where is the elevator going to be placed in the building, and how much space is required?
Sometimes a home elevator is placed discretely in the home and other times it is set up as a focal centerpiece. In order to determine how much space is necessary and the appropriate configuration for the elevator, contact a local home elevator company. These individuals can walk you through your options and help you understand how an elevator will work best in your floorplan.
2. How does the elevator work, and how safe is it?
Elevators contain several parts that work together to provide seamless travel. When properly maintained and utilized, residential elevators are exceptionally safe. One very important factor to understand is the drive system options. There are a few different options which all work a little differently. Read our article How do Residential Elevators Work? to learn more about the drive systems.
3. What does it look like, and what customization options are available?
A residential elevator can be customized to meet your needs and to match or accentuate the décor of your home. You have your choice of materials and finish options for the fixtures, gates/doors and the elevator car itself. See options to customize your home elevator here.
4. What is the cost?
The cost of the elevator is dependent on the drive selected, travel distance, number of stops, number of openings in the car, customizations made, installation costs, and permitting and inspections. Your local elevator company can assist you in budgeting for your home elevator.
5. What is the user interface?
Your standard contact points with the elevator are the hall call, entrances, elevator car and car operating panel (COP). You will call the elevator to your location via the hall call, then will pass through the doors, enter the car, and finally choose your destination using the COP. These touch points of the elevator have vast flexibility for customization.
Making Your Elevator a Reality
By understanding these things, you can ensure you are creating the best possible elevator for your specific situation. When you are prepared to have additional discussion, contact your local home elevator company for further assistance.