Residential Elevator Needs

Residential elevators are elevators that are used in the home. They can include stair chairs, lifts, dumbwaiters, and passenger elevators. Many homeowners choose residential elevators because of their speed, convenience, and flexibility. They can be used for a variety of things. You can transport food and drink between floors in a dumbwaiter. You can transport people, luggage, and laundry in a passenger elevator. And you can transport yourself in a stair lift instead of climbing the stairs.

Cost to Install Elevator in House

Considerations: Residential Elevators

Whether you have mobility issues or just love to entertain and need help transporting guests or food, there are a few things to consider when choosing a home elevator.

1.     Layout

Always keep space constraints in mind when contemplating which elevator to get. This is so you can ensure the unit integrates smoothly with your home’s design. For small homes, a compact model is required. For larger homes, you have more leeway.

2.     Styles

There are lots of styles out there, and the one you choose will have to match the decor and design of your home. You may choose a classically styled elevator with luxurious finishes and embellishments if you have a traditional or grand home with a sweeping staircase. If you have a contemporary home, a sleek, streamlined elevator with linear designs and stainless steel would be best.

3.     Budget

Consider the amount of money you’re willing to spend on a unit. Traditional home elevators can cost between $24,000 and $80,000 and beyond. Elevators that serve two floors start at $24,000, with $1,000 for each floor beyond that (for local customers). Expect to pay more when adding custom cab finishes or multiple cab entrances. Hoist-way construction costs can be double that of the actual elevator. The cost for a two-stop traditional-style elevator will cost you $50,000 and up.

Don’t forget about installation and labor costs, which can add an average of $25,000 to the price tag.

Why Install an Elevator in Your Home?

Here are some of the most common reasons people install elevators in their homes:

  1. Disabilities. The elderly and those with disabilities find it difficult if not impossible to carry groceries, luggage and laundry between floors. Elevators minimize the physical stress or hardship associated with disabilities and old age.
  2. Food service. Got a kitchen on one floor but the party’s on another? Instead of hauling trays of food up and down the stairs, use a dumbwaiter instead. You can minimize the risk of falling with trays of food, staining the carpet and getting burned from hot food.
  3. Luggage. Why drag hundreds of pounds of luggage down the stairs to your car or limo? Put it all in the dumbwaiter and let the unit do the work for you.
  4. Sports equipment. Your kid’s heavy football gear can be cumbersome to lug around. An elevator or dumbwaiter can ease the burden on their shoulders.
  5. Laundry. With most laundry rooms located in the basement, you can save yourself the hassle of carrying large bins of laundry up and down the stairs if you have an elevator.
  6. Property value. Residential elevators increase your property value. Period.

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