Home Elevators - Basics You Should Know
Residential home elevators add value to your home while adding convenience to your lifestyle. Many custom home
builders are calling home elevators the next big thing. Whether it's multiple trips up and down the stairs with
laundry, kids, groceries or helping those with mobility issues, a residential elevator is a practical addition to
Residential elevators are low maintenance and similar to a furnace. While a stairway may require as much as 100
sq ft of space, home elevators can use as little as 24 sq ft.
Prices vary depending on your model, number of stops and options selected.
Do the initial research and you'll quickly know a ball park price to see if it's in your budget. Some factors
determining prices are whether or not the home elevator is being installed into a new home or an existing one. A
retrofitted design is substantially more costly than a new install.
Determining a cost is much like pricing a pool or an addition to your home. Prices can vary greatly, but a basic
two stop residential elevator is going to range from somewhere below $20,000 to in excess of $25,000.
Most models have a capacity of around 500 - 750 lbs. If you are using a power wheelchair, confirm the weight of
the wheelchair including batteries to make sure that the total weight of the chair and user is under the elevator
Confirm the length of the power wheelchair to assure that it fits your requirements. This is very important for
power wheelchairs, manual wheelchairs with leg rests or tilt chairs. Generally speaking, the distance from the tip
of a wheelchair user's toe and the back of the anti-tippers is a minimum of 44".
If considering a cab configuration that is something other than a straight on and straight off shape, then the
size of cab and how it relates to the piece of equipment is critical. A manual wheelchair user would find it
extremely difficult to maneuver their chair on a 90 degree exit elevator cab.
Local Area Considerations
Check your local building code for home elevators as some states have Elevator Rules and Regulations.
Site Specific Elevator Considerations
Is there sufficient room through doorways to get the elevator components into the home? The standard vacuum
elevator requires 37-38" of space to allow the components to fit through doorways to reach the installation
Confirm that the home elevator shaft doorways have sufficient space to swing fully open and not to impede
A home elevator that does not require a machine room (where the motor is placed) will save substantial space in