Designing, Installing and Planning Custom Elevators

Residential elevators are becoming less of a luxury for home owners, so one option for modifying a large home with an elevator has been custom elevators. All of the same features of home elevators are in place in a custom elevator, but what differentiates one of these apart is the design. Instead of relying on a strictly wood or metal design, custom elevators can conform to the design of your home, or, essentially, they can be designed any way you would like. For an ordinary home elevator, the planning involves choosing the type best suited to the house and installing the elevator and, if needed, the machine room.

For the basic information about home elevators, four basics types are available. The most common is a hydraulic lift elevator. While this type of home elevator needs a machine room to operate and in case of emergencies, the elevator is lifted from the ground up. As the design uses cables and weights to move the elevator car, however, the design isn't as safe for regions prone to earthquakes and other natural disasters. Another type of elevator that doesn't need a machine room is a pneumatic lift elevator which, in a home, involves a clear chute that moves a car up and down by suction.

In terms of design, both hydraulic and pneumatic lift elevators appear to be the most popular, not only for safety issues but for design possibilities, as well. Hydraulic elevators, with a larger design, give more options for metal and work working and additional details in the interior of the elevator cab.

After the type of elevator and style has been decided, the next step is to install the custom elevator. In a home, this often means having space set aside for the elevator shaft and machine room. Custom elevators are installed like any ordinary residential elevator, but the final result looks more polished.