From the materials added to the style of the car, there are many factors involved in designing a custom home elevator.
It starts with the elevator style. Some homes may be better suited to a hydraulic elevator, but if you don’t want the additional cost and space considerations for a machine room, a winding drum, machine traction drive, or glass elevator may be best.
Once the style has been decided and the best location found, you can begin to design your custom home elevator. Nothing is off limits as long as the design meets code.
Typically, you’ll want the custom elevator to blend in with the rest of the home by using the same type of woods or metals used in the home, from the paneling to the trim. When it comes to wood design, you can choose from every wood species and rare wood finishes. You can also select metallic finishes.
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The elevator car becomes the focal point. You can go for a classic or antique look with a bird-cage style car or a futuristic look with a glass elevator, which provides expansive views of the interior of your home as the elevator ascends and descends. Elevator cars can be designed to your specifications. They need not be four-sided symmetrical rectangles. They can be built in different shapes, including a six-sided space combining wood, glass and metal interior panels. For some homeowners, there is no substitute for deep rich finished panels accented with polished brass and light-colored floors.
When designing doors and gates, you can select two-speed sliding doors to give your elevator a modern industrial look or choose the natural feel of wood with glass or metal accents and a side slide roller gate to give you a high end look over accordion gates. Scissor gates give the elevator a timeless character. They can be handmade to custom specification for a one-of-a-kind look and feel.
Designing a custom elevator involves both the elevator manufacturer and you. You can work with the manufacturer on the architectural plans. The manufacturer will offer design options and provide preliminary sketches you can approve prior to the construction of the custom elevator. Then the elevator will be assembled and tested to insure the highest quality before it is installed in your home.