In today's housing market with an aging population the demand for bungalows has gone through the roof, the price of bungalows has never been higher and the amount of bungalows that come on the market at it's lowest.
The demand for bungalows is obvious as people who are aging do not want to walk up and down stairs to go to bed or to the bathroom.
Well there is away to go up and down in a two story house either in your existing home or a house that you are looking to purchase, its called a residential elevator.
Residential elevators are exactly what they sound like, they are an elevator that is built into a residential house.
Residential elevators have been around for a long time, but they have typically in a large expensive custom homes, but the demand for elevators has brought on competition in the market to produce less expensive options.
Today you can put in an elevator in your home for the cost of an SUV.
They are safe, reliable and depending on your level of need big enough for anyone.
They can be luxurious or they can be a basic model that is easier on the budget.
With a little engineering an elevator can be put anywhere in home where it can freely travel from floor to floor.
An elevator will also give access to the basement which is usually a problem for the elderly even in bungalows.
How do you install an elevator?
You frame a shaft that travels from the bottom floor to the top floor. The walls can be built out of conventional lumber, the floor joist are removed in the shaft and the weight is carried in the shaft walls. A residential door is placed on each floor to allow access to the elevator.
They basically look like a closet once they are trimmed and finished.
They also will raise the value of the home as an aging population would be interested in it.
Great Lakes Custom Homes Inc.