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Where to Install Your Columbia Home Elevator

Posted on March 26, 2021

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Accessibility is a big concern for homeowners in Columbia, MD and beyond. But many people feel held back from making the best possible investment in an accessible home: a home elevator. One of the many concerns homeowners have about home elevators is feeling unsure about where to place it. Today, we’ll give you a brief guide on choosing the placement of your Columbia home elevator.

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Are you not sure where to install your Columbia home elevator? Here are some ideas.

Consider the Footprint

Today, we’ll be referring primarily to traditional traction elevators. But, before we get started, we should point out that different kinds of elevators can have footprints far smaller than you might expect. This makes them easier to incorporate into small spaces.

One state-of-the-art accessibility option for your Columbia home is what’s known as a pneumatic vacuum elevator, or PVE. Rather than the traditional hoisting elevators you may be familiar with, PVEs resemble futuristic glass tubes that use pressure to move the car up and down. Their footprint is small enough to be incorporated into the vast majority of homes without running into any problems with space.

Where to Install a Home Elevator

Your typical hoisting elevator will require these three components for a successful installation:

  • Room for a depression or ‘pit’ of about 8 inches
  • Roughly 25 square feet of space for the elevator itself
  • Sufficient support for the structure (this can be constructed during a retrofit)

As we alluded to above, you should keep in mind that these are just general requirements for traditional traction elevators. But every elevator is different, and they may require more or less space or structural support accordingly.

In most Columbia homes, we find that a location near an existing stairwell typically meets these requirements. Other open areas, such as living rooms or dens, can make excellent candidates as well. If your home has closets of sufficient size and in a convenient location, these can be a place to install a new home elevator as well.

If you’re not sure where your Columbia home might be able to accommodate a new elevator, contact us so we can take a look!

Building a New Home?

Let’s end with a note about individuals building new homes. If you’re building a new home, you should try to incorporate your space for your home elevator during every step of the design process. Incorporating an elevator into a new home is far easier than retrofitting an existing structure!

If you intend to install an elevator in your Columbia home at a far later date, that’s fine too. But you should still plan ahead. Consider ‘stacking’ closets on top of one another to make a future installation easier.

Contact Signature Elevator & Accessible Design Today for Home Elevators in Columbia, MD!

Signature Elevators & Accessible Design, LLC works with leading manufacturers to provide you with the beautiful residential elevator that you need. Located in Rockville, MD and serving Maryland, Washington, DC and Northern Virginia areas, we have years of experience with incorporating elevators into multi-story homes and working with customers to ensure the elevator meets their specific needs. With styles from modern tubes to wood paneled cabs, Signature Elevators has all the tools you need to build the perfect elevator for your home! Visit our website or contact us at (301)-251-1659 for more information. The manufacturers we represent are:

Pneumatic Vacuum Elevators https://www.vacuumelevators.com/

Stiltz Lifts https://www.stiltzlifts.com/

Waupaca Elevators https://www.waupacaelevator.com/

Cambridge Elevating http://www.cambridgeelevating.com/





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