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Residential Elevators, Planning for the Future

Residential Elevators, Planning for the Future

According to the National Association of Home Builders, “the median lot size of a new single-family detached home sold in 2017 stands at 8,560 square feet, or just under one-fifth of an acre.” Due to shrinking lot size, the popularity of multi-level, single-family dwellings is increasing.

If you are planning to build a new home, you may want to consider how to leverage the available space and plan for long-term viability.  

The Functionality of the Home Elevator

Stairs are a standard means of egress in multi-level structures, but adding an elevator is increasingly common. Elevators are a functional addition to any multi-level building, aiding occupants with the transportation of persons or goods. Whether it is used to move a laundry basket from the bedroom to the washing machine, or it provides access for a disabled loved one, a home elevator may be exactly what you need. As lot sizes continue to decline, an elevator provides an effective means of building up while still being able to fully utilize your space.

Considering Future Use

Finding a place to put an elevator is one of the most problematic hurdles to overcome when renovating the home for an elevator. The actual footprint of an elevator is typically the size of a large closet, normally around 4’ x 5’. An elevator shaft can be included within your home design and disguised or repurposed as a series of closets. By placing one closet on top of another, and adding the structural elements required, your home can be easily modified for the future addition of an elevator, allowing you to pay today’s prices for tomorrow’s expenses. Designing for the future enables you to stay in your home longer and will broaden its marketability if you should sell in the future.

Putting a Plan in Place

In response to an aging society desiring to remain at home, architects have been designing residences for the future addition of an elevator. You may not need an elevator now, but it may be a convenience, or even a necessity, in the future. In order to determine how to proceed, contact a local home elevator company.

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