Home elevators have become an affordable product. Typically, the product with installation costs between $20,000 and $30,000 for standard types. But, for those with additional budget, and the desire for something custom, elevators can be designed to match any décor. Designing the elevator car allows it to blend in with the rest of your home – and appear as if it were added there originally. From the materials added to the style of the car, many factors are involved in designing a custom residential elevator.
Of course, with any type of elevator, finding the type best suited to your home needs to be done before any architectural planning. Some homes or building, because of location, may be better suited to a hydraulic lift. Others, not wanting the additional cost of a machine room, may find a winding drum or machine traction drive style fits better. Once this type has been decided and the best location found, the planning can begin.
Essentially, when a home elevator is designed, nothing is off limits, as long as the design meets code. Typically, the most common request is that the elevator blends in with the rest of the home. This includes often the same types of woods or metals used in the home, from the paneling to the trim. The car, really, becomes an extension of the rest of the house. Of course, this may become more elaborate. Often-requested custom elevators sometimes go for a classic or antique look with a birdcage-style car. For a futuristic look, panoramic elevators, made entirely of glass, are another common design for homes.