The time frame for creating a custom elevator depends on the type of elevator you’d like to create.

The first step is deciding which operating system will work best in your home. Hydraulic elevators are the traditional style, while others work best in a minimal amount of space. Hydraulic elevators feature a cab that can be manually lowered down the hoist way and need a machine room to operate that will take up additional space and installation time.

Other types of home elevators that operate from above include a winding drum or machine traction drive elevator that have the cab suspended in the hoist way and move it between floors by means of a counterweight or rail-like mechanism. A pneumatic elevator is another option that moves a cab between floors by a vacuum suction mechanism. This is the narrowest elevator and requires the least installation time. These types of elevators don’t require a machine room.

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If you choose a glass elevator, you will benefit from the panoramic view it provides of your home as you ascend and descend. The time frame on installing a glass elevator is the fastest because there are far fewer parts. You don’t have to dig and install a pit and build a machine room like you would with a traditional elevator. The parts of a glass elevator are easy to assemble, and there are fewer of them than with a traditional elevator.

Once the type of custom elevator has been decided, the actual planning can begin. You can design the elevator according to the style of your home using materials ranging from various woods to metals. Metal and wood paneling inside the elevator and an elaborate birdcage frame can be part of your design.

You should coordinate your efforts with the elevator manufacturer and contractor, who will work with you on the elevator design, construction, and installation. A team of craftsmen will work with you to create a custom elevator that reflects the themes, colors, and ambiance of your home. The designers will listen to your wishes and create a three-dimensional model of the elevator. Once you approve it, the fabrication process begins. Then the custom elevator is manufactured and installed to your requirements.

It can take four to five weeks to manufacture a custom elevator after you’ve approved the design. Once the site is fully prepared, technicians can install the elevator in about three days.

Look online for an elevator manufacturer you can work with to help you design, produce and install a custom elevator that will accentuate your home and increase its comfort and value.

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