If you are finding it difficult to maneuver the stairs in your home, and you don’t like the idea of containing yourself to one level, a home elevator might be the best solution for you. It will not only allow you access to your entire home, but it will also add value to your home. Here are some things to know about home elevators.
Where Would the Elevator Be Located?
The easiest location would be near your existing stairway, since there is already vertical access for all of the levels of your home. Or, you could choose another spot. Your installer will be your best guide when choosing where the elevator should be located. The overall structural design of your home will be a big consideration. And, the local permits may also dictate certain design specifications.
How Many People Will it Hold?
That depends on your personal needs, your budget, and how much space you have to work with in your home. You can have one small enough for one person or big enough for several people.
How Does the Elevator Work?
There are actually two different types of home elevators. Each is designed for safety and functionality, and they each have their own benefits.
The most common type used in homes, the elevator car is lifted and lowered by an attached hydraulic arm. The strength of the hydraulic construction allows these elevators to be larger, holding more passengers.
A pneumatic elevator is all about air flow and vacuum pressure. The air pressure forms a type of suction and pulls the car up to each level of your home. Alternately, a slow release of air pressure gently lowers it. They are smaller than hydraulic elevators, but are easier to both install and maintain. They are also typically made of glass, giving them a trendy look.
How Do I Choose the Best Home Elevator for Me?
- What is your budget?
- How big do you want it to be?
- How many levels are in your home?
- Where do you want it located?
How Much Will a Home Elevator Cost?
Hydraulic elevators will be the most expensive option. A minimal cost would be around $45,000 for a smaller elevator in a two-level home, increasing to several thousand dollars more for larger homes and bigger elevators.
A pneumatic elevator will generally cost about half as much, based on the smaller size and the lower cost of the materials needed.
If you are looking to add more mobility to your life, either elevator will get the job done. It just comes down to what you are looking for in an elevator. You’ll soon be back to enjoying your entire home again