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Designing a Custom Home Elevator

custom elevatorA home elevator is an ideal solution if you or a family member suffers from limited mobility. Residential elevators come in a variety of types and can be customized to match your home’s décor with a wide selection of optional features.

The first decision you need to make is the type of elevator you want to install in your home. The four major types are hydraulic, winding drum, machine traction drive, and pneumatic.

A hydraulic elevator moves using a hydraulic piston device. The elevator cab is shaped like a box. This type of elevator requires construction of a machine room.

Winding drum and machine traction elevators use a hoist mechanism. Both of these elevator types require a machine room as well. Their cabs are also box-shaped.

A pneumatic elevator moves the cab using changes in air pressure. It does not require a machine room. Instead, a pneumatic elevator can be attached to a balcony or travel through a hole in the floor. The elevator cab is round.

When deciding on the type of elevator, think about how much space you have available. Also take into account the amount of space that would be required for a machine room. If you choose a pneumatic model, realize that it will not be hidden from view like other models and may dominate a small space.

After you have chosen the type of elevator operating system you would like, you can customize it with optional features. You can choose from a variety of woods for the panels in your elevator cab, including oak, walnut, and mahogany, as well as metal rails and accents, including bronze, stainless steel, brass, and copper. You can create a simple, classic, or luxurious design for your elevator to add to the character of the rest of your home.

Artisan Elevators can help you design a custom elevator to improve mobility and enhance the appearance and value of your home. Contact us to explore the many elevator types and optional features we have to offer.

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