Let’s be honest – elevators can be quite boring. Think about it: an enclosed box moves up and down to get you from one floor to another. The thing that makes an elevator interesting is the very thing that makes it different from the rest – interior design.
Andrew Helmer, of Stonehelm Construction (White Rock, BC), took his most recent elevator project to a new dimension for us. Not uncommonly, it was decided to go with a glass cab to feature water views on three levels. Andrew took it a notch further and made 3 surrounding shaftway walls glass as well. Roberts Elevators & Lifts needs one solid wall of triple 2x6 studs to secure the elevator support rails, which leaves a less than aesthetic wall behind, and of course in full view with a glass cab and shaft. What do do? After speaking with us regarding the specifics of the rail wall, Andrew went ahead an applied a facade of decorative stone to the rail wall – offering stunning results.
The outcome is an amazing glass hoistway offering spectacular water views, a glass elevator also highlighting the views while in motion, and a remarkable and stylish travel wall, open to full sight on each level.
In a previous post we featured a home elevator that was outfitted with glass accents in both the shaft way and the elevator’s entry doors. Glass is one of many details Roberts Elevators & Lifts can use to enhance your unit, with stunning results.
Most home elevators utilize contractor supplied, standard interior doors similar to the rest of the house. Our installation team fits these doors with specialized locking mechanisms that “talk” to the elevator, thereby preventing the doors from opening when the carriage is not at that floor. These simple doors are designed to blend in and make the elevator look much like any other room, and are a very common design choice for many homes. Some designs however, allow the elevator to be showcased within the home, becoming more of a focal point. Victory Sliding Doors are yet another eye catching detail that can completely change the look of your home elevator.
Much like commercial elevators, the Victory Doors are stainless steel and slide open from one side to the other. Adding these to a home elevator give a sleek and modern look, bringing the elevator to the forefront of the home design. The process to install these doors is somewhat different from the standard doors, so be sure to check in with us to determine a minimum shaft size dimensions and framing changes required to accommodate the doors.
For a standout finish, consider these grand sliding doors. Contact Roberts Elevators & Lifts today for a home elevator quotation.
The Head Technician and Owner of Roberts Elevators & Lifts, Doug Roberts, has been approached for his opinion of how a full-carriage vertical platform lift (also known as a Commercial Traction Lift, or CT Lift) can be incorporated into a commercial space to provide wheelchair accessibility. His statement was featured in an article referencing the use of Vertical Platform Lifts vs. LU/LA Lifts, published in Elevator World’s February 2017 Edition. The article was created to assist people in how to differentiate between lifts and elevators in North America, and how to choose between a traditional passenger elevator, a LU/LA elevator, a stair lift, or an inclined or vertical platform lift.
Doug’s quotation referenced his experiences here in the British Columbia market, when discussing the application of a Commercial Full-Carriage VPL (CT Lift):
“While this type of full carriage vertical platform lift device may not be well known in the industry, we have been using it very successfully in the Vancouver market for over 10 years to help save clients’ money, while still accomplishing an elegant accessibility project” says Doug Roberts of Roberts Lifts ( www.robertslifts.ca ).