The number of people making home improvements has sky-rocketed in recent times, with the most popular adaptations being new bathrooms, kitchens and loft conversions. In line with this, reports show that home elevators are more popular than ever before, with homeowners of all ages installing elevators for a huge variety of reasons.
The experts at Lifton Home Elevators look at the five main reasons for the upsurge of interest in the most up-to-date of modern conveniences in the home: the home elevator.
- A Touch of Luxury
Perhaps down to social media, or the availability of more and more luxurious products for the home, homeowners are in pursuit of show-home style and creature comforts. A residential elevator is the perfect addition for people looking to make the most of their homes by adding luxurious touches and interesting features. The new generation of home elevator are not only easy to install, but are designed to such a high standard with their sleek capsule shapes and attractive lighting that they bring an instant style upgrade to any home.
- Ease of use
Keep it simple could be the mantra of the residential elevator. It is not often that such a high-tech addition to the home is so simple to operate. Simply step into the pod, and at the press of a button, move between floors. Installation is even an easy one-day process. A home elevator just makes home life so much easier all round – there is not even any costly and labor-intensive maintenance tasks to carry out, unlike other home additions like a home spa or swimming pool.
A clear reason that residential elevators are popular is that they are great for giving access around the home for homeowners and their guests with mobility needs. But they are growing in popularity as people are realising the benefits of a home elevator compared with the other accessibility options.
- Forward planning
Future-proofing – where homeowners prepare their home now for their needs in later life, to enable them to age in place – is ever growing in popularity. Future-proofing can include making suitable adaptations to high-hazard areas such as the kitchen and bathrooms to take into account impairments which might arise with age, such as blindness, deafness, frailty and mobility issues. The stairs are one of the most difficult areas of the home to navigate for older homeowners, and younger people are navigating this issue by installing home elevators ready for when they are seniors. The best future-proofing solutions are ones which will solve a problem later in life, but do not look out of place in a family home, which makes a residential elevator the perfect future-proofing adaptation. There are also wheelchair elevators available.
- Making the home work
Residential elevators are increasingly being suggested by architects for their clients’ homes just because they can help solve many logistical issues around the home. A carefully placed elevator adds another route to the upper levels of the home which is perfect in larger or busy households where an extra staircase might take too much room. They also offer a way to move heavy and bulky items around the home such as the weekly laundry, or the vacation luggage.