Retrofitting a Home Elevator
Powered by suction, pneuamatic vacuum elevators are a low-maintenance, compact alternative to conventional lifts, plus they have a much more modern look.
Synopsis: Pneumatic vacuum elevators operate on air pressure, and unlike conventional elevators, they don’t require a pit, shaft, or mechanical room so they take up less space. Design editor Kiley Jacques describes the process of installing an elevator from cutting the openings to installing the tubes and connecting the parts and explains how adding this level of accessibility can make it easier for homeowners to age in place.
An increasing number of people are outfitting their homes to support aging in place. According to the AARP, nearly 90% of seniors last polled reported wanting to stay in their own homes well into their golden years. In the majority of cases, that means changes need to be made; some minor, others more significant. Among the suggested home modifications to support mobility, safety, and independence are home elevators —a rising trend.
For this project, the homeowners opted for a pneumatic vacuum elevator…