Many homeowners would not think of installing residential elevators in their homes because of the common belief that they are reserved for luxury homes. However, these structures are considered as necessities and not as luxuries by members of the household who are aging and the physically challenged. Moreover, for those who are advancing in their years, the stairs represent a hazard because of the increased likelihood of accidental falls. Moreover, for the other members of the household, it is much more convenient and easier to transport heavy things, such as luggage and groceries, if they use residential elevators and it is even healthier for their backs.
The basic reason for installing residential elevators is to allow the elderly and physically disabled to move to the other floors of the home without assistance.
The personal elevator provides these two groups of people with a priceless service by either permitting them to do something that might have been impossible for them to do when using the stairs or helping them save some time and effort. Naturally, the necessity of installing home elevators increases as the number of floors in the residential building increases. These structures do not occupy too much space because they are self contained units that do not need a pit, a hoistway or a separate machine room. Most of them are just as large as a closet and do not necessitate fundamental changes to the home's structure so costs are minimized. There are even exterior mount designs so that very minimal changes are really required for the home's structure.
For couples who are planning to construct their first home, it may be advisable to take into account the possibility of adding an elevator right from the start. And even if they do not yet have the budget to actually install an elevator at the present time, they can have a design that already contains a provision for it in the future. In the meantime while the space is not yet occupied by an elevator, they could use it for closets or other purposes.
This is important because couples who children have married and built their own homes usually transfer from an upper floor to the ground floor to avoid the inconvenience of going up and down the stairs. Or they may sell the house and buy a single family home. Unfortunately, homes that have only one floor but have the same floor space as the multi-story homes are more expensive because of the rising value of land. This inconvenience could have been avoided by including provisions for adding an elevator when the couples reach their golden years. Residential elevators may then be easily installed in such homes to avoid the need for the agreed couples to find a single story house. They will have the benefit of increasing the market value of their homes but most of all, they can remain in the home that they have lived in for the better part of their lives.