Residential Home Elevator
- Typically installed in new construction, but trends in housing and age-in-place options have led to several manufacturers offering retrofit remodel elevators that are self-contained and do not require as large of space as a traditional home elevator.
- Traditional elevators are capable of traveling anywhere from two levels of the home up to 5 or 6 stories. Maximum travel is usually 50 ft. by national code standards. Regular capacities range from 750 lbs. or 950 lbs. Smallest cab size is 12 sq. ft. and the larger ones are 15 sq. ft.
- Always utilizes an enclosed constructed shaft with regular swing doors at the landings. Options are available for sliding style commercial doors in stainless steel, glass or custom coatings.
- Drive system options are electric gear drive, roped hydraulic options, or gearless electric.
- Requires a 6-8 inch pit in the bottom floor
- Cab interior options are numerous and can be designed to meet any budget or décor requirements.
- Retrofit elevators are limited to serving two levels, 13-16 ft. of total travel, have much smaller load capacities of 400-500 lbs., and may not have a cab size suitable for a wheelchair. They are designed more for a person who can stand, or utilize a fold down seat option inside the cab.
- Construction costs can be significantly less with a retrofit elevator since they can operate without an elevator shaft. The cab itself is completely enclosed on all sides, keeping the user inside as it passes between floors.
- Retrofit elevators drop a framed section of matching flooring into the floor cutout as the lift travels to the lower level. That floor section fills the cutout space, creating the effect of a vanishing elevator. You can walk across that surface with no open hole.
Cab options on retrofit elevators are limited to basic standard materials without much in the way of customization options.