If you are in the vertical transportation industry or are simply an enthusiast, and have been to YouTube recently, you have no doubt seen the thousands of elevators being filmed. The elevator filming community is very active and continues to grow.
On other social media sites you can find dozens of photos of the elevators they are riding as well.
One elevator type you won’t find many videos or pictures of however, is home or residential elevators… and for good reason – they’re “private” installations. If you rang my doorbell with a camcorder in your hand asking to film my elevator (assume for a moment I own one in my home), I don’t think I would let you in. OK I personally would because I like elevators too, but you get my point: most homeowners would not.
Anyway, that’s where Elevator World’s Photo Contest comes in! Many companies have submitted some amazing photos of these rarely seen elevators in the three years since we started the contest. More often times than not, they are highly customized installations that must cater to the needs and wants of the home owner. This isn’t as difficult when it’s a new construction home, but that is not always the case. Some things that must be considered when installing in existing homes include: to install on the outside or inside; how to work around the existing stair case; maintaining the character of the home (there have been several installed in historical homes) and obviously the overall aesthetics of the new installation. No pressure, right?
Here are some of my personal favorites we received most recently. The entire gallery of the 2015 Residential Elevator entries can be viewed here.
The PVE above is a great example of the improving elevator technology for home installations. According to Mr. Nichols, the vacuum pump transports riders from one floor to the next without the need for excavation or a hoistway installation. Thanks to the physics behind the design, it is virtually impossible to get stuck between floors or to freefall, making this a safe and ideal solution for many home owners.
See what I mean by “working around the existing stair case”? Just look at that clearance!
Here are few submitted by Bradley Wood of Lift Shop located in Australia. They are great examples of providing the necessary aesthetics for the home owners:
Here is a great example of an installation on the outside of the residence, submitted by Carlo Ferrari of Wittur:
Thanks for reading,