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Will a Home Elevator Work in a 19th Century Home?

Will a Home Elevator Work in a 19th Century Home?

Home ElevatorsA lot of elevator history occurred in the 19th century, including the establishment of the Otis Elevator Company that began manufacturing passenger elevators in 1857, installing the first public elevator in a five-story department store in Manhattan. Electric elevators came into use toward the end of the 19th century, with an electric elevator patented by an inventor in 1887.

But what about installing home elevators in 19th century homes today?

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If you are fortunate to live in an antique, 19th century home, you can modernize it with an elevator that can be fit into your property and function smoothly.

One homeowner planned a space for an elevator shaft running from the basement to the attic of his two-story 19th century timber frame house. He will fit the elevator in a space on the first floor that is occupied by a bathroom and a walk-in closet on the second floor that was sacrificed to make room for the elevator shaft. The spaces in the basement and attic were open so the elevator fit between two structural bents of the frame, requiring minimal framing alterations.

Another homeowner put an elevator in a 19th century home, installing a four-stop system from basement to attic that stopped on the floors between.

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When planning an elevator in an old home, why not install an antique elevator? Some companies specialize in antique elevators, using the latest technology and materials and installing them in old homes with less space than standard properties. The location of the machine room on these elevators can be on top, adjacent to, or below the trunk. Elevators without machine rooms can be installed in old homes, so they can be positioned almost anywhere in your residence.

Of course you can install a modern elevator in your 19th century home, too. Elevators that operate with a hydraulic, winding drum, traction, or pneumatic mechanism can be customized to match the precise look of your property and efficiently move between two or more floors of your distinctive old home.

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