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Emily Shufflebotham is the Director at Bespoke Elevation, she is an Experienced Area Sales Manager with over 10 years of adaptable sales experience.

In this article, Emily discusses the most common questions posed by clients when considering including a lift into a home. She also discusses why it is so important to work closely with architects, to ensure the very best in inclusive design for an elderly client or a client living with a disability to guarantee a fully accessible home that enables people to live as independently as possible.

Why install a lift at home.

Living with a disability can dramatically change the way a person and their family navigate day-to-day life, even in the most familiar of surroundings such as their own home. Being able to stay in your own home following a serious injury is often of psychological benefit to a person’s recovery and ongoing rehabilitation, and access throughout the entire home is often a key consideration when adapting a home. The installation of a lift at home eliminates many common barriers, including upstairs bedrooms, bathrooms, and staircases.

When planning and designing homes for those living with disabilities, a fundamental aim is always to create a home that is functional, accessible, and where necessary and possible, “future proofed” to accommodate and support the possible deterioration in a person’s condition and make the home as accessible as possible for the individual, their family and visitors with limited mobility. 

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Things to consider when installing a home lift, to help get things off the ground.

A meeting early on, even at the initial planning stage will ensure that the lift you are planning, will work, which is why Bespoke Elevation work closely with architects from the very beginning.

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Location, Location, Location.

An at home lift can often be a safe and elegant addition to your home, and in many cases can be integrated into the existing building.

Location of the lift is a key factor, and we will carefully consider where a lift is best situated, and where is the most practical place where it will best fit in with the overall design of the home.

Not only does the lift need to be functional and accessible, it’s also important to love how it looks, as in most cases, it is intended to be there forever.

Size Matters

When including a lift into the design of a home, it is important to consider the size. Not only should the lift accommodate current needs but also future needs, that may come as a result of the deterioration of an illness or condition.

Most home lifts can be designed and installed in a way that doesn’t dominate or intrude into the home.

Cost

If you or a loved one has sustained a serious injury as a result of an accident, you will no doubt have instructed a solicitor to help you to recover compensation. In complex injury cases, it is common for an injured person to require an adapted property, and the compensation money will include the costs associated with adapting/purchasing a new home. All property adaptations are considered on a case by cases basis, with the designs and equipment needed to suit the injured person’s current and future needs.

In general, a lift will add value to a property, and are often a stylish feature that can add the extra wow factor to your home.

Types of Lifts

A lift can be installed into most homes, and there are many different types available, some may be more suitable than others for various reasons and the right one for your home will be discussed with you.

Through Floor Lifts

As a through floor lift rises, it opens through a trap door in the ceiling, leaving space below or above free to use when the lift isn’t there. They are often a popular choice, as the trap door is fire rated, and they are extremely functional, come in a range of sizes, and take up a small amount of space. The installation of a through-floor lift is also relatively quick and often very cost-effective.

Through floor lifts can only go through one floor, meaning they are not suitable for houses over three or more floors. They also have a lower load capacity than traditional platform lifts, so are not always suitable.

Platform Lifts

There are more options in terms of size, load, and door configuration with platform lifts. They come in their own enclosure and are more aesthetically pleasing with different colour and glazing options available.

Servicing an at home lift

Lifts generally need to be serviced every 6 months in a residential setting to ensure they are operating properly, and to promote the longevity of the lift and its parts. Lift servicing is easy and can be carried out by the installation company and should be under the lifts warranty. A phone system within a lift is not a legal requirement but is recommended in case of any emergencies.

The lifts provided by Bespoke Elevation all have a manual lowering system and a battery back up in the event of a power cut, meaning that after your lift has been installed and handed over to you, you can feel comfortable that an emergency situation could be resolved quickly.

 

Bespoke Elevation offer a free survey to look at how and where a lift would be best placed in a home. A meeting at the earliest stages, such as the planning stage will ensure that the lift you are planning will work for you and your family. Call or email at: 01704 627074 | info@bespokeelevation.co.uk.

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