10 Reasons to Have a Home Lift

Before we start, this list is completely objective and we know that our clients and customers get lifts for many different unique reasons. So in no particular order the first reason is...

1. Accessibility

One of the main reasons why someone would look to have a lift installed is due to accessibility - this could be in the form of a wheelchair user or if you've recently had an accident and now find it difficult to walk. A home lift helps you access every part of your home without difficulty. Everyone deserves to have freedom in their own home and a home lift can be a life changing benefit without breaking the bank.

2. Functionality

A lot of home lifts are installed as the client wants to be able to use the lift for other purposes then just moving themselves throughout the house. No one likes lugging heavy goods up and down the stairs, a home lift can make those journeys disappear and you'll be surprised by how many things you can get into even the smallest home lift. Whether you're about to go on holiday and have to carry your suitcases or you've just purchased some furniture, a home lift can be the perfect answer. Gone are those horrible early mornings where you're trying to walk the suitcase down the stairs without marking the walls or putting your back out.

3. Staying in Your Own Home

We don't know what life is ever going to throw at us, however we can always prepare for what could happen. If you have a serious accident it can be a life changing experience and make the 1st floor of your home completely inaccessible. This means you face the following options: you can either remodel your home extensively so now you can live on the ground floor, move out of your home to a new house or install a small home lift that would allow you to access every part of your home again. Home lifts are becoming as affordable as ever and can change your life completely and let you find your freedom again.

 

Glass Home Lift

4. Futureproof

Futureproof is a buzz word in both the lift industry as well as in the housing market. More and more technological advancements are being brought into the home at an alarming rate. Whether it's your fridge giving you a weather update or ordering your food shop through a speaker we are creating fantastic inventions. We all know that we grow up and get older so in order to help us with life's inevitable difficulties a home lift can be the answer. And if you go to sell the house at any point then the addition of a home lift will definitely make it more attractive potential buyers.

5. Adds Value to Your Property

Every person who has spoken to a home lift salesman has probably heard this line during their sales pitch. We hate to say it but it's true, with an ever-ageing population, most buyers expect to get value for money. In the most affluent areas of the country, home lifts are becoming more and more commonplace. Sellers and homeowners are realising that to make their property stand out and be more attractive to buyers they need the convenience of a home lift. Lifts can act as an investment because they are for the most part inexpensive but can add significant value to your home or even be the key difference in a potential buyer putting in an offer.

6. Statement & Style

Gone are the clunky designs of the past, now we have sleek and attractive lift styles and a whole array of finishes to choose from so a client's lift is truly unique. We've been in the lift industry for over 40 years and have seen a massive increase in the features and luxury styles that can now be installed. Rather than being hid away in a cupboard (we do still do hidden lifts) home lifts are now being made into statement pieces in the home, a glamorous luxury in the hallway or a external glass structure fixed to the building. Being based in East Dorset we see the building styles of Sandbanks, Canford Cliffs and Bournemouth each day. Angular houses with glass being a prominent feature are everywhere and now lifts can make a similar statement.

7. Safety

It might sound a bit strange but lifts really can make your home safer especially for the very young and the elderly. The amount of times we hear of young children or the elderly falling down stairs is continuously rising. With an ever-increasing older population we really need to look into ways to make our homes safer and one of these options is to install a home lift. With advancements in technology and parts becoming standardised, the cost of having a home lift is constantly declining. In addition the size of mechanisms is always becoming smaller so there is no need for a large amount of builders' work. 

Glass Lift in Flats
Glass Home Lift

8. Convenience

It might sound silly but a lot of people look to get a home lift purely for convenience, we see many of our customers who live in converted or refurbished town houses have small home lifts installed. Town houses, particularly those in London can have 4 to 6 floors and so a home lift is the easiest way of getting from floor to floor rather than struggling up a tight staircase.

9. Save Space

Stairs can surprisingly take up a lot of room in your house without you knowing it. It sounds like a strange alternative but a home lift is a perfect as it frees space up on every floor. You can ever have the lift in an external shaft fitted to the outside of your house, saving more space. There are many different options and products available so the size of the lift can be really small - you can even have them in cupboards with your choice of door clad to the lift so it would be hidden in plain sight.

10. Security

A home lift can be used as part of a wider security package. If a home lift is fitted with key switches then the lift can only be operated by those individuals with the right keys. If the lift is the only way of getting from the ground floor to the first floor then it creates a physical barrier so that unwanted individuals cannot reach the first floor and beyond.

For more information about the different types of home lifts that we design and install click here and to see our completed home lift projects click here

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Outdoor Inclined Platform Lift in Dartford, Kent

We were approached by a private client in Dartford, Kent who was looking to modify the existing disabled access route into his office. He wanted to replace the existing old rickety ramp (see below) which was difficult to manoeuvre on and travel up due to its steep angle with an easier system. With this in mind, we discussed the different options available to the client and we decided the best option moving forward was to install an outdoor inclined platform lift. The lift would have to be able to take the load of his electric-powered wheelchair as well as any wheelchairs used by any visitors to the different offices and businesses in the building. In addition to the lift we would fit a new set of wooden steps so that able-bodied people would still be able to use this route as a point of access.

We designed and installed an outdoor inclined platform lift with a platform measuring 800mm x 1250mm and a load capacity of up to 300kg. The lift travels a total distance of 1500mm. The large platform space allows for both the client's electric-powered wheelchair as well as smaller manual wheelchairs of visitors and workers of the other businesses within the building. Our engineers also fitted a new set of wooden steps so that able-bodied members of staff would also be able to use this access route. The outdoor inclined platform lift was finished in stainless steel so that it's resistant to all weather conditions.

To see more of our projects in commercial buildings have a look at our Venture House, Meriden Hall, Seven Dials, Southwark Council, National Army Museum and Chiswell Street projects.

Location: Kent

Status: Complete

Year Completed: 2018

Outdoor Inclined Platform Lift

Stainless Steel Inclined Platform Lift in Dartford, Kent

Folded Outdoor Inclined Platform Lift

Folded Outdoor Inclined Platform Lift

Inclined Platform Lift Replacing An Old Wooden Ramp

Outdoor Inclined Platform Lift Replacing An Old Wooden Ramp

Rickety Steep Ramp

Original Wooden Ramp

New Inclined platform lift and steps

After the inclined platform lift and new steps have been installed

For more information about lifts like the one above call us on 0800 65 252 65 or email us

Platform Lift for Commercial Offices in Southwark

We were approached by Southwark Council because they needed to provide disabled access to their offices on Southwark Bridge Road, SE1. At the name suggests they are close to the river therefore right in the heart of London. Similar to many other commercial offices in the city, space is at a premium and it can be difficult to fit any type of disabled access in existing properties. After taking measurements of the area where a lift could be fitted, we came up with a drawing and submitted it to the council, who then ordered the lift.

Our engineers installed a LPA - a special lifting platform, designed by our manufacturer in Denmark - with platform dimensions of 1519mm x 1184mm. The lift had to keep to these very specific measurements because the building has a steel shutter that has to completely shut to stop the public from entering the building outside of office opening hours. The platform lift has a total travel distance of 780mm to the ground floor level. The lift was finished in stainless steel so that the lift would be able to withstand the day-to-day footfall of a busy commercial office in London. The side panels as well as the car and landing doors were finished in glass.

To see more examples of our platform lifts in commercial buildings, have a look at our Venture House, Seven Dials, National Army Museum and Chiswell Street projects.

Location: London

Status: Complete

Year Completed: 2015

 

Commercial Platform Lift

Platform Lift at Commercial Offices in Southwark

Council Platform Lift

Disabled Platform Lift for Southwark Council in Central London

Commercial Office Platform Lift

Platform Lift in the Main Entrance of Southwark Council's Offices

For more information about lifts like the one above call us on 0800 65 252 65 or email us

Wheelchair Platform Lift in Telefónica Digital’s Head Office, Piccadilly

We were approached by Overbury because they needed to install a wheelchair platform lift during the fit out and refurbishment of Telefónica Digital's new HQ in Piccadilly. Overbury were responsible for redesigning and redeveloping the office space totalling 50,000 sq ft offering new and improved workspaces as well as meeting rooms and an inverted cone "brand pod."

During the fit out, Overbury needed to fit a lift to allow access form 9th floor elevators to the staff meeting areas as well as the project workspace. The client wanted a lift that would match the office's new design and blend into the surrounding aesthetics with the fit out being very light with large open spaces. The designer decided to choose a white wheelchair platform lift with glass panels on the lift car itself so that the lift's style and finish matched that of the rest of the office. The platform of the lift measures 1400mm x 1100mm and has a total travel distance of 1370mm across 6 stairs. The wheelchair platform lift is capable of taking a load of up to 410kg, which means it can be used by both electric-powered buggy users and regular wheelchair users. The lift provides access from the elevators on 9th floor to the staff meeting areas as well as the project space and provides vital access for any disabled visitors.

To see more of our wheelchair platform lifts in commercial buildings and offices click on the following projects: Grade II listed Waterworks, Venture House in Reading, Office Fit Out in Seven Dials and Southwark Council.

To see more of our lifts in commercial and public buildings click on the following projects: Meriden Hall, British Library, New Forest Ice Cream and Paternoster Square.

 

Location: London

Status: Complete

Year Completed: 2011

Disabled Platform Lift in Offices

Platform Lift in Telefonica Digital's Office

Wheelchair Lift in Office

Wheelchair Lift on 9th Floor of Telefonica Digital's HQ

Disabled Access Lift in Office

Disabled Access Lift in Telefonica's Head Office

For more information about lifts like the one above call us on 0800 65 252 65 or email us

Small Passenger Lift in Townhouse in Mayfair

We were approached by Interiors with Art, a London based design and construction company as they were looking to incorporate a lift into one of their projects in Mayfair. We attended site to measure and provide a quotation for a small passenger lift that could service all 4 floors of the house. As with many of the Victorian townhouses found in the Mayfair area this building had been split into flats. Mayfair is an affluent area of West London and is situated just to the East of Hyde Park and West of the City of London. Lifts in townhouses in the Mayfair and Park Lane area are becoming more and more common as building and flat owners are looking to future proof their properties and our client was no different. In the current market, a building without a lift can be the reason a flat doesn't sell at the asking price or even sell at all. 

The architect wanted the small passenger lift to fit into the space that had been left behind after the dumbwaiter was removed. The lift would also have to have adjacent entries therefore would limit the interior cabin dimensions even more. The lift's interior measures 630 mm x 725 mm with photocells placed on the two sides of entry - this was to maximise the space inside the lift for the client. The total travel of the lift is over 10 metres across 4 floors and the maximum load of the lift is 300kg. The lift has 600mm wide swing landing doors with opaque glass windows and finished in the client's chosen RAL colour. The lift's interior was finished in polished stainless steel giving the feel that the lift was much larger than it actually was. The floor of the lift was fitted with the same marble tiling as the ground floor so there was a seamless transition from hallway to lift. 

To see more of our lifts in small spaces then click on the following projects in Newbury, Westbourne, and to see an example of our work in flats click on our Seadown project. 

Location: London

Status: Complete

Year Completed: 2017

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Small Passenger Lift in Flats in Mayfair

Small Passenger Lift at Mount Street in Mayfair

Small Passenger Lift with Marble Floor

4 Floor Lift at Mount Street with Marble Tiled Floor

4 Floor Small Passenger Lift

Small Passenger Lift in Set of Flats in London

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Outdoor Stairlift in Kingswear, Devon

In January 2017 we were approached by a private client in Kingswear, Devon who was looking to future-proof their home and provide disabled access not only to themselves but to friends as well. Similar to many properties across the Devon coastline, this home was situated on the side of a hill with car parking several metres below the entrance to the house. After discussion with the client we decided that the best option would be to install an outdoor stairlift. Other options such as a platform lift would require too much builders work and wouldn't be an affordable option while there was too little space to fit an inclined platform lift without expanding the width of the steps.

The total travel of the outdoor stairlift is over 23 metres spread across 43 steps from the road below to the front door. Even though the route the lift travels is a complicated one with many twists and turns, the outdoor stairlift was installed in one day. Due to the lift's location and proximity to the sea, all metal components were made out of marine-grade stainless steel to prevent any rust or corrosion forming in the future. The client was very happy with the installation and has a beautiful view of the River Dart when they use the outdoor stairlift.

To see more examples of our outdoor lifts and garden lifts click on the following projects: Outdoor Home Lift in Powys, Inclined Platform Lift in Dartmouth, Inclined Platform Lift in Parkstone.

Location: Devon

Status: Complete

Year Completed: 2017

Garden Stairlift

Outdoor Stairlift in Kingswear, Devon

Exterior Stairlift

Outdoor Disabled Chair Lift Overlooking the River Dart

Outside Disabled Access Lift

Exterior Stairlift in Devon

Garden Lifts in Devon

Outside Stairlift That Travels Over 23 Metres

For more information about lifts like the one above call us on 0800 65 252 65 or email us

Platform Lift at Seven Dials, London

In conjunction with our previous project at Venture House in Reading, the architectural firm, GPAD asked us to design and install a similar lift for one of their buildings in Seven Dials in London. Seven Dials is a commercial area a stone's throw away from the West End's Shaftesbury Avenue and the shopping district of Neal's Yard. It sits between Covent Garden and Soho and is named after the 7 roads that join together at its centre.

Having previously worked with GPAD on their Venture House project, we knew that they wanted a similar style and finish for this lift. Our engineers fitted the Qube lift in the main entrance during GPAD's renovation of the building into commercial offices. The lift has platform dimensions of 900mm x 1400mm and travels a total distance of 1250mm. This specialist platform lift works using a scissor system therefore needs a pit below the floor level. In this particular project we had a pit of 250mm. We set the platform height at 15mm below the floor level so that the client could fit their tiles to the platform to match the lobby's existing stone flooring. Specially made Cadisch mesh panels were fitted to the sides and gates of the lift to match the building's style as well as the architect's vision. We finished the platform lift in jet black (RAL colour 9005) to give a modern but industrial look. Our engineers installed the lift within 4 days so it was ready for the building's official opening.

To see more of our platform lift projects in commercial buildings take a look at our National Army Museum, Chiswell Street, Southwark Council and Medway Court projects.

Location: London

Status: Complete

Year Completed: 2017

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Lift in Commercial Office

Platform Lift in Commercial Offices in Seven Dials

Commercial Office Lift

Platform Lift in Office Lobby in London

Lifts for Commercial Buildings

Disabled Access Lift in Central London

For more information about lifts like the one above call us on 0800 65 252 65 or email us

Goods Lift at Commercial Office in the City of London

We were approached by ISG, the construction management company, as they needed a lift installed during their refit of Dixon House, a large commercial office building in the City of London. ISG needed a lift that could be used for disabled access but would predominantly be used for moving heavy goods such as large refuse bins. They needed a lift that could carry over 2000kg of goods across the 2 floor levels. As with many buildings in the City, space at Dixon House is at a premium and so the goods lift had to be made with a specially designed platform to fit the abnormal space. The goods lift had to be be made into a right angled trapezium shape to fit the space of the service entrance of the building. 

The goods lift has platform dimensions of 4050mm x 1500mm and travels a total distance of 1750mm. The lift had to have a 550mm pit below the finished floor level so that the lift's scissor mechanism would fit and the platform would be at the same height as the finished floor level. The lift has handrails on one side with a stainless steel sliding gate so that access is provided even when the lift isn't in use. The goods lift's was finished with a 50mm x 6mm galvanised steel edge so that the client's concrete flooring could be laid onto the platform to match the surrounding floor. 

To see more of our platform lift projects in commercial buildings take a look at our National Army Museum, Chiswell StreetSouthwark CouncilSeven Dials and Venture House projects.

Location: London

Status: Complete

Year Completed: 2017

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Heavy Goods Lift in London

Heavy Goods Lift at Dixon House

Commercial Goods Lift

Commercial Goods Lift in the City of London

For more information about lifts like the one above call us on 0800 65 252 65 or email us

Glass Home Lift in St John’s Wood, London

We were approached by a private client in St John's Wood, Central London, who wanted a glass home lift running across 5 floors of his house. St John's Wood is a largely residential area of London, adjacent to Regent's Park and home of Lord's cricket ground. It is an extremely affluent district of London with large detached properties contrary to London's usual townhouse homes.  With this in mind the client wanted a lift that would live up to his expectations and seamlessly blend into the aesthetics of his home.

After attending the site to measure the lift shaft we submitted the drawings and discussed with the client his vision and exactly what he wanted in regards to style and finishes. He made it clear that he wanted the lift to look very modern and be completed in a full glass structure with glass doors. We fitted an EP Elfo with cabin dimensions of 950mm x 1000mm which travelled a total distance of 10.5 metres across 5 floors. The lift was finished with panoramic glass doors that were 800mm wide creating a spacious cabin interior. The glass finish for both the structure and doors meant that the lift matched the client's modern and luxurious specifications. 

To see more of home and residential lift projects have a look at our WhitecliffWestbourneBranksome ParkTorquay, Weymouth and Powys projects.

 

Location: London

Status: Complete

Year Completed: 2016

Glass Home Lift in London

Glass Home Lift in St John's Wood

Glass Domestic Lift

Glass Home Lift in Central London

London Home Lift

Home Lift in St John's Wood

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Inclined Platform Lift in Dartmouth

We were approached by a group of clients that wanted to find a way to get from the road to their house some 44 metres up a steep incline. An inclined platform lift would be an easy way to get to their homes as well as transport shopping and other heavy items to and from the houses. The lift would provide access for 3 homes that shared the same access route up the side of a hill in Dartmouth, Devon.

The only viable option for this particular challenge was to install an inclined platform lift however we had never installed anything this long before. Before we started we needed to photograph every step (all 87!) so we could produce a quality drawing for both the clients and the manufacturer. Due to the location’s proximity to the sea, both the lift and the complex supporting structure would have to be made out of the right materials to prevent any rusting or corrosion.

We chose to install a Hiro inclined platform lift, with the lift and the structure built using marine-grade stainless steel so that the system wouldn’t rust or weaken overtime. The lift was installed within 1 week and the clients are very happy.

Location: Devon

Status: Complete

Year Completed: 2016

Inclined Platform lift at Dartmouth

Inclined Platform Lift Overlooking Dartmouth Harbour

Curved Inclined Platform Lift

Inclined Platform Lift - Curved

Inclined Platform Lift in Dartmouth

Inclined Platform Lift Stretching Over 44M

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