A home elevator provides an elegant, stylish and practical solution to access around the home. In the past, when old fashioned elevators required machine rooms and plenty of space above and below, installing an elevator in the home just was not an option for most homeowners. With the advent of the modern ‘new generation’ home elevator however, state of the art technology has ensured that they are astonishingly compact and space-saving with a very small footprint meaning that they can fit into even the smallest of spaces.
For those unsure of just where a home lift could be installed in their home, Stiltz Home Elevators look at some of the most popular locations.
1. Basement / Garage to ground floor
Enabling access from the basement to main living space can make an enormous difference to day-to-day life, whether the reason for installing your elevator is mobility issues, or simply personal preference. If your space underneath the house is used as a garage, making it easy to get into your home after a trip to the grocery store, or get luggage down to your vehicle, is a lot more convenient than struggling with stairs.
Of course, in some cases, enabling easier access to the space can open up possibilities to use the space differently too. Your once ignored basement could give you an additional lounge area, a craft room or study that you can access whenever the mood takes you. This then has the added benefit of adding even more value to your home, beyond that of the elevator itself.
2. Living room to bedroom
For many customers, getting upstairs to the bedroom from the primary living space is a priority. Known as the standard retrofit, with the home elevator traveling between a downstairs room and arriving in a bedroom or landing, this is unsurprisingly the most common choice for Stiltz customers.
Mobility difficulties may mean that people spend all day downstairs and only go up again when bedtime comes around. Freely accessing the upstairs makes it easier for so many home elevator customers to move around their home as they wish, day and night. Home lifts are designed to beautifully suit the home’s décor and some customers find it makes quite the feature in the living room too.
3. Closet to closet
Although spacious to use, Stiltz Home Elevators are compact enough that they can often be fitted in a closet on both floors. For some this has the benefit of not taking up any space in their current layout, by making use of an underused linen closet for example. This approach also works wonderfully well for those who prefer to conceal their residential elevator behind a door on both levels.
4. Stairwell void
Another option that works well for many homeowners is installing the residential elevator in the void at the centre of a turning stairwell. Within the dead space of a typical turning staircase there is often enough space for a Stiltz home elevator to create a unique feature in the heart of the home by allowing easy access from the hallway to the landing above.
In some homes, or for wheelchair users, it makes most sense to locate the lift in such a way as to allow a ‘thru-car’ approach; entering into one side of the lift and exiting the other. This flexibility within a Stiltz wheelchair residential elevator not only makes it more convenient for those in a wheelchair but also allows for a home lift to be installed in an even wider range of places in the home. This means, for example, you can enter in the downstairs hallway but exit into a private upstairs space.