A residential elevator is a small elevator intended for use in a single family dwelling
to transport the occupants from one floor to another. Residential elevators are limited by
the National Elevator Safety Code (ANSI A17.1) to a maximum platform area of 15 sq/ft. It
is possible to exceed this limitation using a variation but a legitimate demonstrable need
We install residential elevators manufactured by Inclinator
and other manufacturers. While there are more popular sizes, each car is constructed
individually. Design happens in one of 2 ways. First, in a "build-to-suit"
application, the desired car size is determined in advance and you or your contractor
constructs a hoistway to our specified size. The second option is much more common in
existing homes. With this option, Bob Shipley will meet you at your site and together you
will make a decision about the viability and placement of a residential elevator. After
the placement is decided upon, measurements will be taken and within a short time
(typically 1 day) we will notify you of the elevator car size that fits into the space.
The construction process allows us to match new elevators to existing conditions,
making retrofitting a new elevator to an existing home as easy as any construction project
Most residential elevators installed by RMR are winding drum elevators
In the past, hydraulic elevators had the advantage of a battery lowering
feature. This allowed them to lower their occupants to the safety of the next
lower landing in the event of a power outage. Today, ALL of our residential
elevators have the battery lowering feature. This makes the possibility of a
hydraulic oil leak an unnecessary risk.