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Utility meets style: how to pick the right elevator for your home

Utility meets style: how to pick the right elevator for your home

Far from detracting from an interior design aesthetic, contemporary residential elevators can be a veritable style statement

Words by ArchiPro Editorial Team

Once solely reserved for the rich and famous, residential elevators have become a functional necessity within many Australian homes. From those with limited mobility looking to maintain a level of independence to growing families simply wanting to streamline the process of getting around the house, residential lifts have become a viable solution for many, showing up in home renovations and new builds across the country.

For the elderly, less mobile people, and those with mobility aids, the installation of a residential elevator allows access to the upper floors of a property, allowing all members of the family to feel included while promoting increased safety by preventing falls and accidents. However, according to Caleb Terpstra, Head of Marketing at Next Level Elevators, the demand for residential elevators is steadily increasing across numerous demographics. “People want to perfect their homes and create a work/life sanctuary,” explains Caleb. “Working from home during COVID has been a keen motivator and some of our clients have found themselves with additional funds due to the inability to travel for holidays. People who are in their dream homes also want to future proof it.”

Regardless of the impetus behind installing a residential elevator, the right product can also act as a key element of decor. Rather than detracting from an interior design aesthetic, Next Level Elevators creates residential elevators that blend beauty with functionality. Designed with the local market in mind, Next Level Elevators utilise Italian craftsmanship, resulting in products that seamlessly slot into modern Australian homes.

To get the lowdown on how to elevate your home, these are the key considerations to make when planning to install an elevator in your house.

Functionality comes first

While the right residential elevator can be a work of art, it’s still essential to think about functionality before design.

When it comes to considering spatial requirements, whether the project is a new build or retrofit is also an element to take into account. While the options are endless for new builds, retrofitting a residential elevator can require a little more thought to ensure structural integrity. However, innovative solutions like the Eltec Volare which comes equipped with a self-supporting elevator shaft and both the Eltec HLB and HLG which can be paired with one, are able to be installed without a supporting wall and thus save consumers both time and funds. Meanwhile, in new-build residences, a residential elevator has the ability to be housed inside or on the exterior of the residence, providing additional entry points into a home.

Solely powered by electricity, Next Level Elevators are more streamlined than their hydraulic counterparts. Unlike hydraulic residential lifts, the Eltec HLB and HLG do not require a motor room, which saves valuable floor space. “All hydraulics require an additional motor room separate from the elevator shaft, which requires more space than our streamlined all-electric lifts,” explains Caleb.

A veritable style statement

Unlike some of the clunky silver commercial structures that often spring to mind when considering lifts, residential elevators of today can be a style statement in themselves. For a distinctly contemporary feel, the Eltec HLB or HLG placed in the middle of a space doubles as a work of art. “It’s been popular to go for statement pieces which include our iconic glass elevator shaft,” Caleb tell us, adding that “glass sliding doors and glass saloon doors have been a popular addition to the glass elevator shaft. Full-length mirrors have also been popular to help create a sense of space and luxury. In short, modern luxury is the most popular vibe.”

For those looking for more seamless integration into their homes, the plethora of customisation options available make this a reality. From luxurious exterior finishes to inviting walls and chic flooring, the residential elevators of today serve as an extension to the design of a home, rather than disrupting it.

All-electric vs hydraulics

In our environmentally conscious society, opting for an all-electric residential elevator makes sense for many. Running on a single-phase 10amp power supply, Next Level Elevators’ range of all-electric elevators are substantially more energy-efficient than their hydraulic counterparts. Additionally, the technology is more contemporary and streamlined, with hydraulics necessitating more components and their performance susceptible to change based on the weather conditions due to the veracity of the hydraulic oil.

To explore the Next Level Elevator range and learn more about their offerings, visit their ArchiPro profile here.

Words by Tanisha Angel

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