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Can I install a residential elevator in my home?

FAQ - 5 common questions about home elevator installations

FAQ - 5 common questions about residential- and home elevator installations

Twelve years of experience working with home elevators for villas and apartments have equipped Peter Sälgström with vast knowledge about residential elevator installations. Aritco distributes elevators to 50 countries around the world. Customer needs and requests vary, but, according to Peter, many questions are recurring.

Peter Sälgström has met with many villa and apartment owners that are considering installing a home elevator. Peter says that the reasons for desiring a residential elevator are many but notes that the questions and concerns are often similar. We asked him to summarize the five most common questions he gets from homeowners.

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1) What type of home elevator should we get?

“Many are looking to future-proof their homes, perhaps anticipating that they will eventually need to use a walker,” Peter describes, and continues, “while others need an elevator for immediate practical reasons. Whether the need is current or future, the first question is ‘what type of elevator do we need?’ Mainly considering the size.”

2) Where can we place the elevator?

“The next question is often about the elevator’s placement. Many want to place it in the hallway next to a staircase. Aritco’s designed home lifts are also so beautiful that people want to see theirs as soon as they enter the home! If the space in that area is limited, many think that a home elevator is not an option for them.”

But Peter explains that there are other solutions. Especially with an Aritco elevator, with the smallest model, the Aritco HomeLift, requiring no more space than a small wardrobe.

“Often there’s another solution, for instance between a kitchen and bedroom or other parts of the home. Practical issues are almost always resolvable with an Aritco lift.”

Inside an Aritco home elevator looking down on a family eating breakfast through its glass walls

3) Can we install an elevator in an existing building?

“Many owners of an existing home are unsure if they can install an elevator when it hasn’t been a part of the initial planning.”

Peter quells such worries by informing homeowners of the ease with which Aritco elevators are installed. Thanks to their unique platform lift technology, they require no more space than the elevator’s own size and can be installed directly on the floor.

Read more about the easy installation of an Aritco HomeLift here.

4) How long does it take to install an elevator?

“Another advantage with a platform lift is that it is installed much faster than a traditional elevator that requires more space and construction of an engine room and lift axle. The time for installation varies, mainly depending on the lift height.”

Aritco elevators are available from two to six floors and are usually installed in a maximum of four days, often faster. Due to its speed, the installation of an Aritco platform lift is approximately 70% cheaper than that of a traditional elevator.

Picture: Peter Sälgström, Regional Sales Manager, Aritco Lift

Peter Sälgström Regional Sales Manager EMEA at Artico

5) Do we need a building permit? Do we need to do anything more or contact anyone other than Aritco?

“Different countries have different rules on home extension or construction, so permit needs vary depending on where the home is. Owners may also need to hire certified construction technologists for practical planning for the installation, for instance, if intermediate floors are to be penetrated, beams moved, etc. After that, Aritco takes care of the lift installation.”

There are a few things to consider, for sure, but Peter rounds the conversation off by saying that he practically never has to tell homeowners that they can not install an Aritco elevator in their home.

An Aritco HomeLift in a luxery home



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