Retrofitting for a Home Elevator

Not every home was designed with an elevator in mind. In fact, home elevators didn’t become popular until the mid-90s. That’s why many houses built since then have stacked closets or pantries, meaning each area is directly above the one on the floor below. Stacking makes it easier to retrofit the space for a cab and hoistway.

What if my home was built before 1990?

We can handle that in most cases. Even without stacked closets, we can create room for a cab. Generally, we only need about 25 square feet of space in an unblocked area. If a home elevator is a part of your future, start thinking about what space you’d set aside, such as a closet with enough overhead clearance.

No matter what, you need a professional elevator company like Residential Elevators to find the best customized solution for you.

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What to Consider before Retrofitting for a Home Elevator

We recommend doing some homework first. Here are a few things to consider before starting on a home elevator retrofit.

Your future in your house

Whether for mobility or safety, some homes won’t meet your needs later in life. So, if your home is your forever home, installing an elevator now can be a smart move.

Your family’s current and future needs

Everyone should feel welcome and comfortable in your home. Do loved ones have medical conditions or accessibility needs?


On average, you only need about 25 square feet. But your elevator location should let you access all areas in your house with ease.

Electrical needs

Extensive wiring and relocation may be required. Residential Elevator experts will know exactly what’s needed.


Make sure your vision and your financials align. Our team will work closely with you to ensure no need or detail is left out.

Resale value

Even if you don’t plan on staying in your current home, a home elevator will stand out in the market, especially as a move-in-ready amenity.

Installation and construction time

Pardon our dust but retrofitting your home will take some time. Thankfully, even though the industry average can up to several weeks, Residential Elevators can install in two or three days.

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Choosing the Best Location for a Home Elevator

It’s simple. The ideal location should provide access to all areas of your home with ease, without using up too much living space. You should also consider the transition points of your home. The most popular placements include the garage and living areas.

For a more economical option, you might opt to limit the number of stories your residential lift can access.

From the garage or basement to the living area:

Forget about carrying heavy objects into your home. Just imagine walking out of the cab and placing heavy grocery bags right in your kitchen.

From the living area to upper-level bedrooms:

Avoid moving your master bedroom to the first floor by installing a convenient elevator that takes you straight there.

How to Retrofit a Home Elevator

We prefer keeping the process short and simple.

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