Great Guide For Building Your Own Elevator
A home elevator is a great way to maximize your home’s potential and preserve your independence as you age. A home elevator allows you to access all floors of your house easily. People often build elevators into their homes to allow them to remain mobile as they age. You can also keep the house you have lived in for many years with an in-home elevator. You might be wondering how long it will take to install a residential elevator.
Inclinator is frequently asked the following questions: “How long does an elevator take to build?” and “How long does an elevator take to install?” How long you take to make the right decision will determine the length of the process. For example, you might have to choose between two cab styles. You might even know what you want. This part of the process may be shorter if you do. It is important to feel confident about the decision you make. Don’t rush.
Understanding the cost of installing a residential lift part suppliers in your home is an important step. You will need a custom-built system to install an elevator in your home. Each elevator is built to your specifications so that it will fit into your home and stop at every floor. We recommend that you locate a dealer to assist you with this process, due to the fact that in-home elevators are highly customizable.
Fill out our online request form to provide some details about your project:
- Your name
- Your email address
- Your phone number
- The installation ZIP code
- Additional information on the request
Once you have completed our online form, your dealer will contact you to ask you questions about your project. Our elevator specialists will get to know about your home’s construction through this conversation. They will then help you choose the right type of elevator. Cost will also be determined by the number of floors. The more floors you have, then the more stops an elevator will need to make and the more difficult the installation. To get the best quote, there are many things you need to discuss.
- Choose the cab style you prefer: There may be several designs that you are interested in. Our representatives will be happy to discuss the different costs for each design.
- Choose the drive system Some drive systems may require extra overhead clearance or engine room. Based on the layout of your home, our representatives will be glad to recommend a suitable drive system.
- You can decide how many elevators you want to install. Depending on your home’s layout, one elevator may be sufficient. It might be easier to get into each room if you have two elevators, one on each side.
- You are in the area. Your state or local government may have special regulations about installing a home lift. We will need your ZIP code to determine whether there are any codes that might affect the design or installation of your home elevator.
- How complex and complicated the hoistway configuration is: Your home’s layout and number of floors will influence how difficult your home elevator installation will become. This should be discussed with your contractor.
- Choose the accessories you need: There are many accessories available for your home elevator. These accessories range from handrails and custom finishes, lighting, and operating panels.
- Inclinator offers quick quotes through local dealers. Once you have completed our contact form, an Inclinator representative will promptly call you back. After a quick phone call, you will receive a reliable estimate. Each company should be given 15 to 30 minutes. The dealers will need to know as much as possible about your home so that they can give you a precise quote. It may take a few weeks to get all these quotes. Once you have them, discuss your options with your contractor.
Selecting a Company
You will begin to see the price ranges of different elevator companies as you compare quotes. When choosing the right elevator company, cost is only one of many factors you should consider. The following are other factors to consider:
- Safety. Every level of your home should be made more accessible by the home elevator. To ensure your safety, the elevator manufacturer should provide many safety features so that you have the best experience possible when using it. Secure gates should be installed by your company so that the door can only open when the cab is parked properly. When you use an elevator, ceiling and floor lights provide safety and visibility. Handrails help you keep your balance. As a standard, all Inclinator models include gates, interlocks and lighting systems as well as handrails. You should also look for companies that offer emergency response. Every Inclinator model has full-time cab monitoring, as well as a backup battery. This ensures that your elevator will continue to operate in an emergency. You can also add automatic doors and a phone to the cab.
- Experience: A home elevator company should have a lot of business experience. Home elevators are a mechanical device that requires professional installation and engineering. It is best to hire an experienced local dealer because of the numerous building codes that govern residential elevators. Local knowledge will ensure that your elevator is compliant to all state and municipal codes. Inclinator boasts nearly a century experience in the industry and has local dealers located throughout the country.
- Maintenance. Your elevator will require regular inspections and occasional repairs to keep it running. You should look for a company offering full repair and maintenance services. Annual inspections should be provided by your residential elevator company. Service personnel are trained to spot potential problems and prevent them from becoming major problems. Your local
- Inclinator dealer can help you save money over the long-term by performing preventative maintenance. The Inclinator elevator’s strong construction reduces the need for maintenance. Your elevator ride will be effortless.
- You will work closely with your contractor, architect, and other household members to choose the right company. Research each company that you are interested in. It all depends on how long you want to wait before making a decision. It may be necessary to take some time with your builder to weigh the pros and cons of each option. It is also a good idea to research each company before you make a decision.
Plan where the Elevator will go
The layout of your home will determine the best location for an elevator. A dedicated space for the engine may be required when retrofitting a home with an elevator. Cable drum drive systems require a separate engine room so that it can use less overhead space. Our motor roomless (MRL), elevators have an independent system that doesn’t require a separate engine room. Motor roomless elevators require more overhead space.
You will need to clear space for the elevator shaft. Our cabs measure 15 by 15 feet. You can also choose a smaller cab that measures 12-by-12 feet. To house the elevator shaft, each side of any car will require an extra 1 foot. You can ask the contractor who is working on this project to help you determine the best place for your elevator.
A lot of homes have a layout that makes it easier to build a shaft. It’s easy to make an elevator shaft from closets located in the same place on your home’s floors. Your contractor might need to add an addition to your house if you don’t have a stacked closet layout. You will need an area between 6-10 inches deep and 10 feet above the ground, regardless of where your elevator is located.
You should also consider convenience. An elevator may be needed near your main living spaces, such as your bedroom or living room. You may need to do more construction as you and your contractor discuss the location of your elevator. This will depend on how much work you require and the capabilities of your contractor. Next, you will need to design the cab and have it made to your specifications. This step can be completed while your home is still being built.
Designing an Elevator
Next, choose from a variety of cab designs and drive options. Inclinator offers six different cab designs. You can choose the look that best suits your home and decorating style. The standard cab has white walls that can match your home’s color, and beautiful laminate flooring. You can choose from a variety of aluminum or wood finishes for our upgraded models.
A drive system will be selected for your elevator. There are three options available: the Cable Drum, Hydraulic, and the MRL Cable Drum. Each can travel up to 50ft high and have up to six stops. Each one is available in either a 1,000- or 500-pound capacity. Talk to one of our dealers to determine which drive system is best for your home and lifestyle.
In our free ebook, we break down how to design and select the best elevator for you home. Your elevator will be built to your specifications after you have chosen the cab design and drive system. A home elevator can be built in four to eight weeks. It is a good idea to start retrofitting your elevator as soon as it is made.
Installation of the Elevator
The site must first be prepared before we can install the elevator. The contractor will have to dig the pit and construct the hoistway. The elevator will require a separate engine room. This room must be built before wiring can be installed. Your contractor’s speed will determine how quickly you can complete construction and prepare for installation. Once your contractor has completed building the hoistway, he can start wiring the elevator.
Inclinator’s professional installers will take extra care to protect your home and property before they begin installing the elevator. After the elevator has been installed, we cover all floors and furniture. Finally, we test it to ensure that it works properly. Two technicians will be needed to install a simple two-stop elevator. It takes approximately four days. Each additional floor will take an additional day. Inclinator authorized dealers can install our elevators. Our dealers are highly-trained, experienced, and efficient. Our elevators are also pre-assembled unlike in-home ones. Our elevators are ready to install, which makes it much easier.
Find an Inclinator Dealer Near you
There will be many steps involved in selecting and installing an elevator. This depends on how fast your contractor can build the shaft.
- Gathering quotes: It can take anywhere from one to two weeks to get quotes from elevator companies. It all depends on how much research and how many companies are being contacted.
- Selecting a company: It takes approximately one to two weeks to choose an elevator provider. It might take you longer to speak with more companies, or to conduct more extensive research before making a decision.
- Plan where the elevator will go: This step will be discussed with a professional contractor. A professional contractor can help you to understand the limitations of your current layout and offer suggestions. It can take up to a week to select a location. It is then up to the contractor to create a plan. For a more accurate time estimate, talk to your contractor.
- Designing an elevator: You can choose a cab design or drive system. It may take you just a few days to choose the design that you like. Or as long as it takes you to feel confident about your decision. Your contractor will recommend the right drive system for you. Once you have all the details in place, it will take between four and eight weeks to build your elevator. We recommend that you start preparing for installation as soon as possible.
- Installing an elevator: Depending on how many technicians are involved, it will take at most four days to install your elevator. Add another day for each floor beyond two stops.
- All Inclinator elevators comply with or exceed international codes. They also have strong safety features. Our in-home elevators can be trusted and secured. Our company has nearly 100 years of experience and many of our employees have been with us for over 30 years. We offer residential elevators that you can trust, thanks to our extensive knowledge in both manufacturing and local dealerships. Find a local dealer to help you get your Inclinator elevator installed in your home.
Contact us if you have any questions about our cabs or drive systems. We will connect you with your dealer and help you navigate each step of the installation and selection process for an in-home elevator.