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Home Elevators

Recently smaller, less expensive elevator models have been introduced that make it more practical for elevators to be installed in the average two story house, townhouse, or apartment. Home elevators are not only for the elderly or the infirm: home elevators are very useful for those who are looking to maximize square footage on smaller plots of land and younger buyers who plan to stay in their homes into their retirement years. As a result, home elevators are becoming a standard home status feature that can increase the value of any property.

Most home elevators are pneumatic vacuum models that will lift only one or two people. These can be installed more quickly and cheaply than regular elevators because they do not require a shaft or a control room to house hydraulic equipment. These pneumatic elevators move up and down using suction created by a small pump at the top of a tall translucent tube enclosing a small cab. They are about 37 inches in diameter and do not require a pit under them or a separate machine box.

Those who want a larger elevator fitting at least two to three people will need to install a hydraulic model. These are more expensive and take up more room because they require building an elevator shaft. They need about 25 square feet of space on each floor. A pit at least 6 inches deep beneath the elevator and a small closet to house the mechanisms are also necessary. These elevators can be luxuriously paneled in marble or oak.

You may need to have a permit to install a home elevator and that periodic safety inspections may be required by your local building codes. Check with the seller or your local government for more information.

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