Buying A Home Elevator?

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Before calling in an elevator contractor, it’s a good idea to learn a little bit about the components of a home elevator and the many choices that are available. This knowledge can help save you money and ensure a home elevator installation that will serve your needs well for years to come. Visit -


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Buying A Home Elevator You may be considering the investment of a home elevator but have very little idea what one costs or what actually goes into it - much less which drive system gate type cab area and door configuration are right for you. Home Elevator Pricing: The first question most people ask when considering a home elevator is "How much will it cost" Unfortunately its somewhat difficult to get an answer even a ballpark answer to this question as very few installers offer a published price. This is due to the fact that a home elevator is not a self-contained unit like a piece of furniture each individual elevator is customized in twenty or thirty different areas like a set of cabinets built to order for your kitchen. A single change in the style of the cab interior or the call boxes for instance can swing the final package price 8 or more in either direction. Home Elevator Hoistway Shaft: If you have the impression that putting an elevator shaft in your home is as simple as cutting a hole in the floor think again. A typical home elevator hoistway consists of two or more fairly large closets stacked one per level with the floor/ceiling layer between them removed. Some designs also require a machine room see below about the same size as one of the closets. Most home structures need little to no additional reinforcement to support an

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elevator apart from two vertical columns running top to bottom on one side of the shaft interior. For most home elevator designs a "pit" of 6 to 14 inches is also required below the lowest level and additional headroom extending into the attic may be required above the top for the shaft. Home elevator shaft dimensions: How much floor space is needed for a home elevator According to American building codes no home elevator cab can be larger than 18 square feet on its interior. Generally a shaft 5 feet square is sufficient to hold this largest permitted size of elevator cab. In very small homes where not even 25 square feet per floor can be spared a smaller cab is sometimes used. Home Elevator Drive Systems: One of the most important decisions you can make about a home elevator is the drive system. Lets look at the pros and cons of the six major types. If asked to sketch an "elevator" most people would probably come up with something like a winding drum system where the elevator cab is suspended with thick steel cables from a reel at the top of the shaft. This is the most basic elevator setup and the one typically advertised by price-conscious installers due its comparatively low cost.

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The Home Elevator Cab: The central feature of a home elevator - and the part that people see the most - is the cab or car where the passengers and cargo ride. The choice and quality of materials used here will determine whether your elevator is a beautiful and functional addition to your home or just a box that goes up and down all day. Size of a home elevator cab: 36" by 48" is the bare minimum cab size for a home elevator but most people would only choose it in the case of a hoistway size restriction or if they felt that the modest associated savings made up for the relatively small space. 40" x 54" is a much more popular choice. In addition to providing extra room the 40" width matches up perfectly with a standard 36" door on the hoistway shaft. Home elevator gates: Not to be confused with the hoistway doors - ordinary doors positioned on the outside to keep the shaft secure while the elevator is operating - the gates of an elevator are built into the cab and are designed to securely contain its occupants during their trip. As with the other cab elements youve got some choices. The ubiquitous basic cab gate is the manual accordian-fold type which is generally made of wood and folds out as the name suggests somewhat like an accordian. This looks fine and is perfectly functional but its smart to at least upgrade it with an automatic opening and closing device. If you dont somebody will sooner or later probably sooner forget to close it

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on their way out - and then no one will be able to call the elevator from any other level because the safety device will not allow it to move even unoccupied without the gate being closed. Home Elevator Safety: Is a home elevator really safe This is an appropriate question when you are talking about a device that is specifically intended to transport people who may already be disabled. There are two major opposite fears associated with elevators: One is falling free and the other is getting stuck. Can I Build My Own Home Elevator Given the cost of a home elevator it is understandable that enthusiastic do-it-yourselfers would be tempted to consider rolling their own. Before even contemplating this possibility however its worth seriously considering something else: What a home elevator means for your family. A home elevator transports the people most dear to you - your parents grandparents or little kids - through the levels of your home an environment where they feel and ought to feel completely safe. Even if you built your own home elevator and did it 99 perfectly a single neophyte mistake in the wrong spot could easily make this refuge of safety into a very dangerous place indeed.

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