There was a time when few people would consider adding an elevator to their home due to the costs involved. Fortunately, the costs have gone down dramatically over the years, and elevators are now a very acceptable option for individuals who are aging in place or living with older relatives. When you look at a home remodel, stairs and the difficulties of traversing them may be a consideration. There are two key types of elevators: hydraulic and traction. The machinery for hydraulic elevators are generally stored in the basement or lower level and can be lowered by hand in case of an emergency. With a traction elevator, there is no machine room per se. Instead, elevators travel a track with the help of a counter-balanced weight.
People of all ages will find that having an elevator is much faster and more convenient than taking the stairs. Whether you're carrying a heavy load or moving around groceries and pets, an elevator provides an added level of safety from falls that could happen when you attempt to climb with your hands full. Plus, it is much less fatiguing on the body to be transported in an elevator, especially if you are going up and down the stairs multiple times per day.
2. Elevators are Barely Noticeable
If you have ever walked into a home with a chair lift on the stairs, it is something that catches your eye immediately. While chairlifts can be an option, they don’t work for every staircase and they tend to be bulky, making it more difficult for others to navigate the stairs. Elevators can generally be hidden away behind a discrete door or section of the home, leaving the stairs easier to navigate.
3. Close to Bedrooms
Having an elevator that goes directly to the bedroom can be a bonus feature for older Americans. Depending on when your home was built, the elevator will need to be retrofitted to the space. It may be easier to place elevators in a large hallway area and lead directly into bedrooms on the second or third floors.
4. Adding Value
Adding an elevator to your home not only adds resale value to the home, but it also allows aging individuals the convenience and functionality to remain in their homes longer. Even if an elevator is not part of your current project, consider including stacking closets in your home’s layout to give you the flexibility of adding an elevator in the future, should your situation or mobility needs change.
Elevators are no longer an indulgence that is only available to the rich and famous or in hotels and office buildings. They have become much more mainstream and are a positive way to ensure that your loved ones stay safe. Learn more about adding an elevator to your home construction or renovation project by giving us a call at Quality Craftsmen. We specialize in helping clients in the East Cobb area create the home of their dreams that will allow them to comfortably age in place. Whether you are building or remodeling, give our professionals a call today at 404-483-7446 to receive your free initial consultation.