Our love for a little of a little luxury in our homes, the latest comforts, and state-of-the-art electronic gadgets to help us in our day to day have only risen, unsurprisingly since the pandemic. Locked into our nests, we all did and continue to pursue what makes are spaces we reside feel the best. It’s no surprise that the latest trend for high specification luxury homes sees developers and owners installing the convenience of a lift to travel between floors.
It’s the ultimate statement, lifestyle choice, and useful addition to any high-end home. Alongside the rise in people on the hunt for their “forever homes” it ensures their home is future-proofed to cover every stage of life should they one day become less mobile or a wheelchair user.
More than ever, home buyers are being tempted by grand interior designs when it comes to purchasing their new homes. For developers looking to differentiate and add value to a home, having a lift installed really does stand out from the crowd, propelling a property into a highly desirable ‘must have’ category.
It’s not just passenger lifts that are finding their way to having a role within domestic living – the increase of townhouses with several floors installing service lifts – also known as dumbwaiters are having a resurgence in popularity due to their small size and ease of installation in a lift shaft.
The most popular types of home lifts
Our properties all come in different shapes and sizes – fortunately, so do domestic lifts!
Lifts are becoming features within architects’ plans for new build, fitting them seamlessly into a part of the whole project. In existing homes, there is a need to place the elevator around the current house layout.
Fortunately to the fact that there is a wide range of lifts to choose from, for both new and existing properties, this isn’t too much of a difficult task. The main elevator choices people are opting to incorporate into their homes are;
- Passenger lifts – A standard passenger lift with automatic sliding doors carrying a load of six people or more people. These are ideal for all large refurbished, existing, and new homes.
- Platform lifts – These lifts permit to travel through floors with a range of door options with large to medium-sized properties, carrying a smaller load of up to five people.
- Through floor lifts – Enabling travel within smaller homes, with one needs for one to two people to travel from the ground floor to the first. Often the ideal solution for homeowners with limited mobility.
- Service lifts – What’s better than carrying a tray of snacks up to the children’s playroom or supplying your partner with drinks in their home office? Sending it all up on a dumbwaiter. Perfect for transporting small goods, groceries and food throughout the floors of your home.
What should you consider when installing a lift in your home?
Maybe you’ve been considering installing an elevator in your home for some time or maybe reading about the great options you could have in this article has got you yearning for a lift car in your home.
Before you make the final big decision, there are a couple of things you need to consider first. When deciding between the categories you need to decide whether the lift will take people or goods and how many floors the lift will travel, what space you have the fit a lift in, as this all helps you to narrow down your search.
A few key things to do before you purchase a lift:
- If you have an existing build, do you have the space in your current home for a lift to be installed?
- For new developments, it’s worth discussing with the lift company to help you decide the type of products you’re likely to want within your development.
- For existing homeowners, contact a lift company to discuss their products and receive the best advice for your needs.
- Choosing the style of the lift, what finishes are required? From glass shafts, a fold-down seat, remote controls, custom walls, an array of door options to bespoke flooring, a lift is a sleek and stylish addition – not to mention a life-long practical choice.
- Discuss what safety features can be put in place for having your home whether it’s an emergency stop button or putting elements in place for fire protection
- Once the type of lift and the finishes are decided, the lift installations will require involvement from a builder, but this varies depending on the type of lift.
Whatever the chosen lift, within just a few days the lift is installed and ready for use. The possibilities of home lifts are endless, whether a service lift from garage to kitchen to the dining room or lift to take homeowners, family and guests around a home. Why not get in contact with our friendly and helpful team who will be happy to talk through your options for having a lift installed?