An elevator allows Aging in Place to become a reality in all detached or semi-detached multi-story homes.
With these socio-economic trends in play, some questions come to mind for those in the home construction industry:
Can an architect or designer afford not to allow for an elevator as a common feature in a spec or custom home?
Should any townhouse development that’s 3 stories above grade come standard with elevators?
Can a builder afford not to offer elevators as an option in an ever competitive landscape with well-educated buyers?
At what relative price (2.5% of average house value) will it be where choosing between an elevator and countertops are made in the same breath? Some would argue that we’re already there.
There’s never been a time where home buyers have had a broader choice of home styles, location options, ‘green’ features, design variety and convenience amenities. There’s also never been a time where buyers have had such a high level of expectation given these choices.
The elevator industry has kept pace with the trends, both functional and cosmetic – your clients will appreciate your forward-thinking approach as you offer home elevators in your future designs and builds.