This is by far the number one question we get asked at Uppercut Elevators and Lifts. How much for an elevator? There is no straight forward answer, as many variables come into play. In this blog post however, I will attempt to give you the tools to determine a reasonable estimate for your elevator including the installation . Please note that these prices are product specific, and are based on our current pricing structure. This article is only attempting to give you a reasonable “ballpark” figure for your home elevator. Obviously, prices will vary depending on your supplier.
For the purpose of simplicity we will base the elevator specification on the following:
2 stops ( we will use basement and main floors as an example)
Automatic operation (otherwise it is an accessibility lift)
Entrances on the same side
11 feet of travel (from top of basement floor to top of the main floor)
Light screen protecting the entrance side
Small ramp or 2″ pit requirement
20 feet/ minute speed
40″ X 54″ car size
Installation of your elevator in Calgary
I thought it necessary to mention the pit depth and the lack of a machine room as these are contractual requirements that affect the overall cost. We will address these variables later on.
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It would be reasonable to expect the cost of the above-mentioned device to sell for around $17,500.00. Adding a third stop, say to a mid landing garage at grade would involve the additions of a second light screen, another interlock and call station. You could expect this to add about $1,000.00 to your overall cost. A smaller car will save you money while a larger one can add $400.00 – $500.00. If you reduce the travel of your elevator (less than 9 feet) the device could cost up to a $1000.00 less ,while the opposite may occur if your home elevator needs to travel up to 14 feet. Devices travelling more than 14 feet usually utilize a different drive mechanism, which involves a per foot charge and a different product offering such as the RAM Crystal.
Contractual Costs or Site Preparation
Knowing the cost of your elevator only gives you half the information. The work required prior to a factory trained technician installing your device is the other cost you will have to account for. The following is a brief summary of contractual work that may have to be done.
- Pit or ramp – we typically ask for a 2-3 inch pit but some models (usually hydraulic) require up to a 14″ recess in the floor. In some jurisdictions, you may need a pit drain and/or a sump pump, as well as a hydraulic oil separator. If a pit is not possible you will need a small ramp granting access up to the elevator car floor.
- Electrical – this varies but most devices require both 120 VAC and 220 VAC brought to the appropriate disconnect.
- Machine room – Hydraulic units and some cable drives typically require a machine room. This is not only a cost you will have to absorb, it’s also space you will have to part with. I personally prefer machine room-less elevators for this reason.
- Hoist-way Structure – These are the walls around your elevator which include the rail wall blocking. They are usually built using wood construction (2×4 or 2×6). Standard household doors (solid core) will also need to be provided.
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Drawings and contractual requirements for this device can be found here
If you require any additional information on home elevators or lifts please do not hesitate to contact us.