There can be many arguments — for and against its use in homes, but building a good one is definitely worth the effort.
A home elevator kit might be considered a luxury, but its use can yield many benefits. It can also prove to be a good investment option, in case you decide to put your home on sale in the future. Generally, elevators are used in high-rise apartments and buildings, but nowadays, residential buildings are increasingly getting equipped with elevators for comfort and aesthetic reasons.
Benefits of a Home Elevator
Although, stairs help in getting rid of those extra kilos, there are times when you definitely feel the need of an elevator, like when moving things from one floor to another or carrying bulky things up the stairway. A home elevator helps in these scenarios ensuring that you do not suffer any injury doing your household chores. Besides, we all suffer from those occasional joint-pains and cramps, during which using the stairway can further aggravate the pain.
If you have elderly or physically challenged individuals at home, then it should be right up there on your priority list. While there is little ambiguity on the benefits that it has to offer, most homeowners are put off by the costs incurred in getting one installed. Although, home elevators have been thought of as effete, which only the rich could afford, the reality is that today, with the emergence of a competitive market, you can choose from a wide range of companies which offer best value.
Building a Home Elevator
The most important consideration before building your own elevator is the cost incurred. The cost depends on the size, brand, type, number of floors to be serviced, design and layout of the cab, like two-way entry/exit system or the conventional same door entry/exit type, its interiors, power back-up facility and such similar factors.
It is advisable to seek professional help while building it. Possessing a good understanding of how to build an elevator, is very important, even if you are not building it yourself. The requirements with regards to the size of the pit (usually 10-feet deep) or the duration of construction depends on the design layout and the constraints which vary for each construction type. The machine room space available in the house may dictate the type of elevator system used – hydraulic or cable drum.
The details of the wall adjustments and building compliance’s for installing an elevator kit are provided by the concerned company. A very crucial factor is to meet the rules and regulations of the local construction and building authority, if any. The power requirements should be fairly adequate with a back-up facility in case of an emergency. There are some elevators which can be driven by a 110 volt and 20 ampere power and some which work on 220 volt 30 ampere circuits.
Any big endeavor may require formal permission and obtaining necessary building clearances. In many cases, the use of home elevators have contributed to the lowering of construction costs. They are a safe and comfortable way to travel the length and breadth of the house.
In order to know how to build it, a careful study of the existing structures can also be helpful in designing a safe and smooth elevator.