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Old 03-19-2013, 01:43 PM
 
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What do you suppose the cost of a simple elevator for home use might be? Let's assume the house was built with a space reserved for the installation. I'm thinking one just large enough for maybe two people and maybe a 500 lb. load.
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Old 03-19-2013, 02:07 PM
 
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10k to 20k. Average quality in the middle. Of course, you could go whole hog and get one for 100k.
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Old 03-19-2013, 02:11 PM
 
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10 to 20K sounds quite reasonable. I wonder why more construction doesn't offer this as an option? The savings on building the same square footage two-story vs 0ne-story home seems like it would be more than the cost of the elevator. Maybe you can tell I have been thinking about retirement homes.

By the way, for 100K do they include the whole hog?
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Old 03-19-2013, 02:40 PM
 
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By the way, for 100K do they include the whole hog?
I'm sure if you requested a whole hog, they'd give you one. Seriously, the expensive ones have super fancy designs, gates, doors, finishes, etc.

When I was growing up, our neighbors had a wrought iron open one that was like an big square bird cage. It was bigger than an elevator in an office building. It was very pretty. Their house was a modern ranch. It went from the first floor to the basement. It was in a large entry hall and you could view it from three sides, the entry and the living room. There was a garden around it with a pond and a waterfall. Sounds cheesy but it was very beautiful. I can't find a picture like it on the internet.
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Old 03-19-2013, 02:45 PM
 
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Installation and construction to accommodate the elevator will be the most costly. If the shaft is already in place this will cut down the cost considerably. Now you will want to consider options such what style door, gate door or two speed door. The interior finishes will also run up the cost. If you just want a plain elevator with nothing fancy and a gate door, you are looking around 5k - 10k.
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Old 03-19-2013, 02:51 PM
 
Location: Houston
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I like this one. http://www.google.com/url?sa=t&rct=j...xdV6H3FyHDTx7A
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Old 03-19-2013, 04:06 PM
 
Location: Beautiful place in Virginia
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What do you suppose the cost of a simple elevator for home use might be? Let's assume the house was built with a space reserved for the installation. I'm thinking one just large enough for maybe two people and maybe a 500 lb. load.
A more realistic range is $25-$35k.

The entry level versions have a 750 lb weight limit.

They do come in handy, especially, if you have 3 levels.
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Old 03-19-2013, 04:25 PM
 
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Pretty cool - get sucked up into the air and NO energy use to let you back down - just let the air out! (suggesting it WILL eventually go back down as soon as you're through getting sucked up).

But not wheelchair accessible - big negative, IMHO.
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Old 03-19-2013, 04:32 PM
 
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That scares me. It doesn't seem like there is a way to climb out of it if something happens.
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Old 03-19-2013, 05:15 PM
 
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I have seen a few dozen townhomes geared to retirees that include "residential elevators". They are easier to install in new construction than "retrofit" as the need to re-frame floors / reinforce walls (to support the typical "guide rail" can be a real budget buster.

The are also s__l___o____w -- partly becomes they are generally made that way for safety and also becuase the power required to make a speedy elevator cannot really be supplied by the kinds of battery backup systems that residential elevators need. The firms that make these things typical certify them for "limit use / limited application" meaning it is for the person in a household that cannot use the stairs NOT just an eccentric who wants one.
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