Creating a custom elevator in your home involves both planning where the elevator will be and the design for the elevator. Custom elevators are a new design concept for luxury homes, as custom luxury homes with elevators have become increasingly common. To set your home elevator from the rest, custom elevators can be created to match the interior of your home or given a unique design to stand out. The first part of planning for residential custom elevators includes choosing the type of elevator best suited to the available space and current design of your home. The four types of home elevators are hydraulic, winding drum, machine traction drive, and vacuum. All of these elevator types require a machine room for the elevator controls and motor, and that needs to be included in the planning for a custom elevator. With these types, machine traction drive elevators are “green” elevators, as they don’t require oil to operate, and a vacuum elevator uses battery power for lowering in case of an emergency.
Once the type of home elevator has been decided for your custom elevator, the size of the cab is the first part of custom elevators that needs to be designed. Before style and materials involved, the factors to consider in cabs for custom elevators are the size of the cab, its weight capacity, and size of the elevator platform. Before planning an elaborate custom elevator cab, check with local code compliance for the maximum size available. After all of the allowable dimensions for residential custom elevators have been determined, the planning for the materials and style of the custom elevator cab can begin.
Elevator cabs come in two shapes – round and box shaped. Round elevator cabs are the typical design for vacuum elevators, while a square elevator cab is typical for all other types. Elevators, furthermore, can have different door designs, and when creating commercial or resident custom elevators, the door options should fit in with the design of your house and location of the elevator shaft. Door options for custom elevators include a single opening door, opposite opening doors, and adjacent opening doors. The styles for these elevator doors can be folding or sliding doors.
For the outside and overall frame of the elevator cab, many options are available – not only with materials but style for the elevator cab, as well. One popular option for custom elevators is glass, either safety glass or plexiglass, for the cab, especially for vacuum elevators. Glass can be used for the elevator walls, elevator panels, and windows to create an all-glass, panoramic elevator. Other options for the elevator cab are available when creating commercial and residential custom elevators, however, and these are usually a combination of wood and metal. Wood can range from typical wood to exotic woods, with some options including oak, walnut, and mahogany. For metal, steel is a basic metal, although copper, bronze, and brass are other common options. Both wood and metal can be flat elevator panels inside or outside of the elevator or both can be sculpted. In our gallery, some options for unique metal elevators include elevators designed like birdcages.
Inside the elevator cab, other aspects can be customized. The handrails inside have wood and metal options, and the telephone cabinet, with a hinged door, can be made of any metal, as well. Lighting options for an elevator car typically include three options: recessed ceiling lights, suspended ceiling lights, and battery operated lights with an alarm. As long as all of the basic components for elevator operation and size are in place, the style and materials for the elevator cab are close to limitless when designing a custom elevator.