The Beauty of Home Elevators

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.

This beautiful glass elevator was installed by A+ Elevators and Lifts of Salt Lake City, Utah, USA in a home in Provo, Utah.

This beautiful glass elevator was installed by A+ Elevators and Lifts of Salt Lake City, Utah, USA in a home in Provo, Utah.

Another installation from A+ Elevators.

Another installation from A+ Elevators submitted for the 2014 Photo Contest.

Taken by Fred Nichols of Nichols Contracting, this Pneumatic Vacuum Elevator (PVE) was installed in under 14 days!

This photo, taken by Fred Nichols of Nichols Contracting, shows a Pneumatic Vacuum Elevator (PVE). It was installed in under 14 days!

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.

Submitted by Akshay Monga of ThyssenKrupp U.A.E., this is an example of one of their smallest elevator installations.

Submitted by Akshay Monga of ThyssenKrupp U.A.E., this is an example of one of their smallest elevator installations.

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:

 

Don’t forget to view all the 2015 Residential Elevator entries!
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Thanks for reading,

– Caleb

8 thoughts on “The Beauty of Home Elevators

  1. I am designing a new home for a three floor elevation in Durango, CO. Would you please call me at 936-674-5757. I have a number of questions and really like the photos of your elevators.

    Thank you,
    Grady Lowery
    glowerytx@yahoo.com

  2. I like that you mentioned how there a many things to consider when putting in a residential lift. My dad is looking to put in a lift for him and his wife. I’ll be sure to talk to him about how there are many things to consider before just installing one.

  3. I fell in love with the glass elevator in Provo on the first picture! My husband and I are planning to build a big house, and yesterday he asked me which element I would like to include in the plan. Now I know the answer! Maybe, this elevator will not be that big, but it will surely give a unique look to my future home.

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