Home Elevators Becoming a Rising Trend

3rd Jun 16

It is hard to imagine our future selves, frail, ageing and simply unable to climb those stairs. And while the Australian Premises Standards has made improvements to building accessibility in public places, people are beginning to look more in-depth into ways they can make their own homes more accessible. This particular trend has sparked an increase in the installation of residential elevators amongst the disabled community, the ageing population, as well as future homeowners.

Just under one in five Australians claim to have a disability that restricts their everyday lives. While public areas are catering to this community, it is also becoming easier to tailor accessibility to individual needs within the home. This is no longer only relevant for the disabled community, but the ageing population as well.

As the baby-boomer generation is moving towards an ‘in place’ retirement, continuing to live longer in their family home the installment of residential elevators are becoming much more of necessity. Modern technologies and design teams are able to implement innovative strategies to create greater accessibility within pre-existing homes for those not quite ready to leave, yet unable to easily access the upper levels of their home.  With increasing popularity costs are lowering and having a residential lift has become more of an attainable modification where it was once viewed as a luxury.

The commonality of lifts has lead to more people planning their houses to include an elevator. It is made easier by the installation process being relatively simple, and depending on design they can take up little space. For home-builders it is not necessary to install a lift straight away, rather plan a place for it in the beginning and implement later, which can cut future installation and excavation costs. Prices do vary, yet most suppliers with a clear idea of your needs will be able to give an approximate figure. Moreover, the cost of installment of an elevator can in turn add value to your home if you do decide to sell.  

Residential lifts can also be designed to suit older homes also known as ‘retrofitting’.  This style is more popular amongst the ‘in place’ retirees’ population wanting the elevator to match pre-existing decor. With the installation of residential lifts they are able to make the most out of the ease and functionality of their current home, greatly improving their quality of life as they age.

The baby-boomer generation is not the only increasing population that is contributing to the trending rise of the elevator. Cities are ever expanding, having to discover new ways of providing exponential living space on a fixed amount of land. Building upwards opposed to outwards provides an economic solution to land restrictions. Major Australasian cities such as Sydney, Brisbane and Auckland are facing a similar demand for housing, and have responded by building upwards simultaneously meeting the demand for housing space and easing the affordability of living in the city.

With the increasing need for residential elevators, and cities accommodating a growing population by building skywards, the prevalence, innovation and design of elevators are bound to become increasingly functional and affordable. The potential for elevators is growing with the demand. It may be in the future an elevator within the home is considered the norm. In terms of technical design the popularity may call for a re-visit of how elevators function, continuing to grow and expand how elevators contribute to the accessibility and ease of everyday life.


Filed under Commercial Lifts

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As National Sales and Operations Manager, Mark’s role includes building and maintaining business relationships, and managing and overseeing larger projects, all while keeping a watchful eye out for business opportunities.  Having a background in the health and disability sector provides Mark with the necessary understanding to assist clients when considering access solutions for people with mobility requirements.

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