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​How to choose a single-family lift

Single-family lifts used to be a rare sight and were associated with wealthy people's homes

​How to choose a single-family lift

But are we finding more and more private homes with a single-family lift? This is because there has been an increasing demand for these elements as part of single-family homes.

Nowadays, the decision to add a lift to the home is due to two main reasons. On the one hand, as a consequence of people with illnesses or reduced mobility living in dwellings with more than one floor. On the other hand, as a method of making it easier to move from one floor to the other.

Thanks to a lift, you will not be limited when building your new house and you will not have to set a maximum number of floors. You will be able to choose the house structure you want, without renouncing comfort.

If you have finally decided to incorporate a single-family lift, there are surely several questions that are still on your mind. In this post we will try to resolve the most common doubts that arise when you start this type of work.


How much does it cost to install a lift in a single-family home?

The investment required to integrate a single-family lift into your home will depend on several factors. 

The design of the single-family lift

You will need to consider the design of the single-family lift you want to install in your home. Some materials and designs involve higher costs than others. As well as the number of stops or the types of doors.


How much does it cost to install a domestic lift?

The amount to be paid will also depend on the work that needs to be done to install the lift in your home. If it is to be added to an already built home, the costs may be higher, as it will have to be adapted to the available spaces, whereas if the lift is included in the plans for the house, before it is built, it will not involve any extra cost as it will have its place previously studied.

Where should the lifts be placed?

The first decision if you want to incorporate a single-family lift in your home is to find the location where it will be most functional, although there are many other factors to take into account when choosing the best location.

Domestic lifts need an enclosed shaft through which to circulate, so if we are creating the plans for our new home, it will be important to estimate the space allocated to this route. For the incorporation of lifts in homes that have already been built, the stairwell is being used to locate the lift, although the most commonly used locations in these cases are outdoor areas or patios, where there is usually more space available.

In short, you can incorporate your lift in almost any area of the house, as long as you have the necessary space for its correct installation. It will all depend on which area you think is most suitable for the lift, as these areas are more accessible for all the inhabitants of your home.

What is needed to install a lift?

To install a lift in your home you will need to apply for the corresponding licences. These regulations can vary, so you should look for information that is as up to date as possible in order to comply with the regulations in force at the time you want to install your lift in your home.

The most common is that you will have to register your single-family lift with the Ministry of Industry, this step is compulsory even if your lift is for private use and enjoyment. In addition, all single-family lifts must be registered in the Registro de Aparatos Elevadores (RAE). 

What is under the lifts?

Underneath lifts there is usually what is known as a pit. This area is an enclosed vertical space below ground level. It is in this space where the shock absorbers or buffers of the lift are located, which serve to slow down the lift car when it reaches the lowest floor, or even to slow it down when the cables break and the car descends in free fall.

However, you should know that not all single-family lifts require a pit. This does not mean that they are any less safe for the users who use them. For most of these lifts, a small shaft of between 50 and 200 mm in height is sufficient, so it will not be necessary to carry out any type of deep work in the lift area.

If you are thinking of adding a single-family lift to your home, do not hesitate to hire the services of a team of professionals with extensive experience in the sector. We guarantee successful results in accordance with the client's style and we offer lifts that comply with all safety regulations to ensure that their use is safe for users.

At Hidral we will take care of the entire design and installation process of the lift for your single-family home. In addition, you can count on our maintenance services for any problems that may arise in the future.