Here’s a COOL idea for when you are planning.

Today’s photograph shows the buttons for an elevator.  Ok, ok, perhaps there are not too many of you that have twenty some odd floors to your home, I get that but none-the-less it shows an elevator.

Did you know that the installation of an elevator in your new home can be an ease job; but like many things it needs to be carefully planned out.

The installation of a residential elevator in an older/existing home can and usually is a costly job as it requires much to be torn apart, re-built, and then put back together including the elevator.

For all of our clever readers we are going to share with you an inexpensive method for installing an elevator.  But first……………….

Most of us that would choose an elevator are only looking at single floor homes where all the living space is on the first floor.  If you are building your dream home and hope to stay there for the balance of your life then you might want to consider planning for an elevator that might not be installed for years to come.

Two-story homes are without a doubt, The Least Expensive home to build per-square-foot of living space!  Ranch homes can be the most expensive when figured on a per-square-foot basis.  This leads many people to plan, design, and build Two-Story homes and yet they never consider how to navigate the stairs when age has crept up on them.  Often little if any thought has been given to a future elevator.

An average cost to refit a house for an elevator is roughly $10,000 to $15,000 if the elevator is not planned for when the house is built.

SUGGESTION – when we are designing your new home how about building in a large closet on the first floor with an exact match on the second floor that is stacked right on top of each other; this way you will be easily, quickly, and inexpensively cut everything open and install your elevator down the road when it is needed.  Typically a space that is five feet square or five feet by six feet should be sufficient for the elevator.  I’ll bet that simple bit of proper planning just saved you at least $10,000.

I am thinking that is a good idea!

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