Steps Towards Modernity: Elevators and Modern Homes

Steps Towards Modernity: Elevators and Modern Homes
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    Elevators inside the house?

    Sounds fairly far-fetched, and extremely pricey.

    Why would you need an elevator in the first place?

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Okay, it might look chic, but how would you go about installing it? These are but few of the questions this article addresses.  

 Elevators Inside Modern Homes?

On the surface, this concept sounds completely extravagant, pricy and probably unnecessary to many homeowners. Demographic trends reveal, however, that across the years, increasingly more renovation-prone homeowners are now taking the plunge of installing residential lifts inside their homes during renovation. New home builders and real estate agents are also ‘in’ for the thrill and embrace the idea. Why? Because the market value of the property is significantly higher in the case of homes with extra options, lifts included, in comparison to properties without extra options. But before rushing into things, there are aspects that need to be discussed.  

If your mind is tangled in Doubt Land, we suggest a further reading to find out more about the dynamics of residential elevators and their benefits for modern day home-owners.

Elevators Basics: Technical Language and the Available Types

A home elevator is typically as big as your everyday walk-in closet. The elevator cabin sizes range from 13 to 16 square feet on average, with half a foot space between the cabin and the shaft wall. Most elevators require a machine room which is usually constructed in the basement of the house. Once installed, an elevator needs to be inspected and maintained periodically, typically after every 4-6 months.

Residential elevators come in a variety of types, with the hydraulic being a detached winner. The hydraulic elevator system comes with a manual lowering option based in the machine room, and is considered a safe option especially in times of emergencies or natural hazards.

The electric elevator operates on a two-way system where there is the cabin on one end and a weight on the other. Because there is no need for a machine room for this elevator, it is not advised for areas that are prone to emergencies and natural hazards.

The pneumatic elevator system uses a mechanical pull, or a ‘suction’ of sorts to transport the cabin between floors. Relatively easy to install and friendly for the wallet, the pneumatic elevator system is also not too large in size.

While They Sound Pricy, Are Residential Elevators Fairly Affordable?

The answer is Yes. There are numerous types of home elevators, categories of which can fit every home-owner’s budget. From expensive and chic hotel-lobby inspired elevators to really handy pneumatic elevators, there is a variety to choose from based on budget options. For instance, a pneumatic elevator would not require a typical machine room for operation, and can be installed with a fair amount of ease.

Suggested Reading: Home Elevators – a Rising Trend (from Houzz.com)

Forever Mobile: Ease of Access inside the House

This is one important factor. Installing a residential elevator eliminates the need for hiring movers every time you have to move furniture between floors. It also eliminates the chance of injury, furniture scraping and damage during such moves. Therefore, mobility becomes eminent once you have an elevator installed within your home. Transporting people can also sometimes be quite problematic, especially when the elderly or the disabled are involved. The real utility of an in-house lift glimmers when disabled persons and the elderly and transported between floors with extreme ease.

But it isn’t just about the furniture or the elderly: imagine simplifying your lifestyle, with more ease of access, a clever way to deal with the laundry or small transportations. It will save your back, your time and prevent some nervous breakdowns.

An Obvious Level-Up from Our Current Lifestyle

Modern day residential elevators can lift up (pun intended) the current lifestyle of homeowners independent of location, state or wallet size. For instance, chic elevator systems come with the options of interior colors, design, music and lights. Therefore, you retain the right to customize your home elevator according to the already existing interior décor patterns. Residential elevators also come packed with safety and comfort features that take care of the overall safety of the system. A few safety features would typically include power back-up facility, a telephone for emergency calls, an integrated camera, cable safety devices and an emergency stop button.

Modern elevators come with a variety of customizable features that inflict a feeling of “easy breezy” in our lives, or at least that is the conclusion we can draw based on the information above.

The following article was written with the help of home design consultants from Grant Elevators, who provided expert feedback on the use of home elevators and residential lifts.

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