Creating a custom elevator in your home involves planning both where the elevator will be placed and how it will be designed. Custom elevators are a fairly new design concept for luxury homes, and these bespoke lifts have become increasingly common. To set your home apart from the rest, custom elevators can be created to match the interior of your space or have a unique design that stands 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 and custom lifts are hydraulic, winding drum, machine traction drive, and vacuum. Most of these elevator types require a machine room for the elevator controls and motor, and this need must be incorporated into the planning process for a custom elevator. Within these types, machine traction drive mechanisms make for particularly “green” elevators, as they don’t require oil to operate.

Once the type of home elevator has been decided on, the size of the cab will be the next design consideration. Factors to consider when designing cabs for custom elevators are the size of the cab, its weight capacity, and the size of the elevator platform. Before planning an elaborate, high-end custom elevator cab, check with local building codes to learn the maximum allowable size for your luxury elevator. After you’ve figured out the allowable dimensions, planning the materials and style of the custom elevator cab can begin.

Elevator cabs generally come in two shapes: round and box-shaped. Round elevator cabs are often used for vacuum elevators, while a square elevator cab is typical for most other types of custom lifts. Elevators also can have different door designs, and when creating commercial or residential custom elevators, it’s important to make sure that the door options fit in with the design of your house and configuration of the elevator shaft. Door options for custom elevators include a single opening door, opposite opening doors, and adjacent opening doors in either folding or sliding styles.

For the exterior and frame of the elevator cab, many styles and materials can be used. One popular material for custom elevators is glass, either safety glass or plexiglass. Glass can be used for the elevator walls to create an all-glass, panoramic elevator, or it can enclose a birdcage-style lift for added safety.

Other materials that may be used for the elevator cab include a wide variety of wood and metal types. Wood can range from common hardwoods to exotic woods, with options including oak, walnut, and mahogany as well as more uncommon choices like Brazilian cherry or cypress. Steel is a popular and durable metal, but copper, bronze, and brass are also options. Both wood and metal can be used in elevator panels on the interior or exterior of a luxury elevator. We can even use specialized textiles such as leather. Our gallery shows some of the results of our efforts to create unique elevators for our clients.

Inside the elevator cab, other aspects can be customized, too, such as the handrails and telephone cabinet. Lighting for an elevator car typically consists of recessed ceiling lights, suspended ceiling lights, and/or battery operated lights with an alarm. As long as all of the basic components for elevator operation are in place, the style and material options are nearly limitless when designing a custom elevator to buy.

When you’re ready to design a unique mobility system for your space, call 1-888-221-7475 to get a quote or purchase a luxury elevator.