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Tips to Maximize the Feel of Your Small Home Elevator

When you’ve installed or are thinking of installing a home elevator, personalizing the new amenity is a way of enshrining it as a part of your living space.

If you’re like most people, you’ve put a lot of thought, energy and money into the look and feel of your home.  You have a strong aesthetic and it’s reflected in the way you’ve decorated your space.  Your elevator is part of your home, so finishing it to extend your aesthetic vision is important.

This post shares some tips to maximize the feel of your small home elevator, meshing it with other design elements in your residence to create something truly special.

Different strokes

People choose to install home elevators for different reasons.  A towering home invites an elevator for ease of movement.  When guests come, they can be taken to their room, luggage in tow, when you have a centrally-located elevator.  Packing a big Costco buy?  That’s not a problem when you can convey everything to the kitchen with your fabulous home elevator.

Sometimes, mobility’s the reason a home elevator has been installed.  In that case, your elevator may be positioned unobtrusively.  But that’s not true for everyone.  Not all feel the need to tuck their elevator away in a closet.

Regardless of the reason for the elevator, where it is in your home determines its aesthetic finish.  A central elevator in the foyer draws more attention, so finishes are important.  But even if it’s tucked away somewhere, you still need riding in it to be a pleasant and visually appealing experience.

Your elevator.  Your style.

If you’re planning on a wood-panel interior for your elevator, finding the right type of wood is a fun project.  The first thing you need to determine is the availability of your chosen wood and the type of paneling you’ll use.

The door is another key design element.  Some elevators are hidden behind standard household doors.  Others have accordion doors.  Some are glass.

There are also hand railings and light fixtures to consider.  Choosing these to express your home’s overall aesthetic completes your vision for a small elevator that blends into your overall design vision and makes riding in it even more satisfying.

Whatever your style, choosing Inclinator-Elevette as your home elevator partner opens the door to a wide array of stylistic choices.  We’ve been creating home elevators for over 100 years, so our selection of finishes and elevator styles can please even the most discerning client.

Elevator-Inclinette, since 1914

Serving the tri-state area of New Jersey, Delaware and Eastern Pennsylvania, Elevator-Inclinette has been bringing area home owners the convenience and freedom of home elevators since 1914.  Our influence on the market is undeniable.

Since then, we’ve grown our company to be the residential elevator company of choice for this region.  We bring you superior products and service, installing, maintaining and repairing home elevators with peerless professionalism and the expertise only 100 years in the business offers.

Ready to elevate your home with an amenity that adds value?  Contact us!

Choosing a Place for Your Home Elevator Installation

If you’ve been contemplating the addition of a mobility aid to your home, you may have been holding back for any number of reasons.  One may be that you don’t feel the time has come to do it yet.  Another may be because you’ve been convinced that a stairlift is your best option.

But that’s not necessarily so.  For one, stairlifts completely change the aesthetic of an important focal point of your home.  It’s probably true to say that most people aren’t ready to commit to making mobility the central focus of their entrance hall.

Another problem with stairlifts is the space they take in the stairwell.  But there’s a better alternative, if you’re reluctant to choose a stairlift for aesthetic or other reasons.

With a home elevator, you choose the location.  You decide where the amenity is most needed and where it will best serve its purpose.  Choosing a place for your home elevator installation is a highly personal affair, especially if you’re installing it as a mobility aid for yourself of a family member living with you, who needs it.

Maximum flexibility

Elevator in new construction home off of foyerThe great thing about a home elevator is that it not only adds value to your home, it’s a prime amenity that can be enjoyed by everyone who lives in your residence, or visits.  It’s not all about mobility.  It’s about convenience and ease of movement.

The flexibility offered by a home elevator is what makes it attractive for those who aren’t enthusiastic about stairlifts.  Especially when you choose a hydraulic elevator (which allows you to place the mechanisms controlling it as far as 35 feet away) or an elevator that doesn’t require a machine room, a home elevator allows you to install where you feel it’s most useful.

Maybe you spend most of your time in the living area and the master suite is directly above.  Installing your elevator in the entrance hall adjacent is a convenient option, with only an opening required to accommodate the elevator shaft.

The possibilities for placement are guided by your personal needs and tastes.  You may want your elevator to be convenient, but subtly placed so that it looks like any other doorway in the house.  Or you may choose a more visible solution.

And the possibilities are endless.

Getting around design quirks

Some homes are less practical for the purposes of retrofitting a home elevator, but that doesn’t mean it’s an impossible dream.  Inclinator-Elevette works with you to get around your home’s design quirks, pointing out the most advantageous positions for your residential elevator and ensuring you get the most from it.

Because we’ve been in business for over 100 years, we’re resourceful that way!


Since 1914, Inclinator-Elevette has been a strong influence on the home elevator market in the tri-state area, encompassing New Jersey, Delaware and Eastern Pennsylvania. 

With superior service and state-of-the-art products, we bring you home elevators that meet your needs, add value to your home and provide a family amenity everyone can enjoy.

Ready to elevate your home?  Contact us.

Home Elevators Offer Many Benefits for Homeowners

A home elevator is not just for the wealthy anymore.  There was a time when most of us would raise an eyebrow at the very idea of a home elevator as something people with too much money installed to show off.

But times change.

Today, home elevators are becoming more accessible, as the price of materials and installation decreases and the popularity of this amenity grows.

Let’s review how home elevators offer many benefits for homeowners.

A desired amenity

One of the most attractive benefits of a home elevator is an increase in the value of your home.  While you may not be thinking of selling, if you have heirs and assigns, you’re leaving them a more valuable property when it’s equipped with a home elevator.

People these days are thinking ahead to a time when they may want to live in a multi-story home but may lose the ability to enjoy it fully.  Buying a home with an elevator solves this problem and adding one to your home instantly boosts its market desirability and value.

Life made easy

Lugging tins of paint up the stairs, carrying the kids to bed, or even moving in new furniture becomes so much easier when you have the support of a home elevator.

Imagine coming home with heavy bags full of groceries.  No more humping them up the stairs to the kitchen.  With a home elevator, you get out of your car, call the elevator and load. Press the button and you and your groceries are right where you want to be – without breaking a sweat.

A safe, secure environment

Children are known to play on the stairs.  It’s part of growing up.  But perhaps it should be a part of growing up when they’re past the accident-prone stage.  Having an elevator allows them to move between floors safely.  Of course – they may play in the elevator!

Elderly family members living with you or visiting will have a much easier and safer time of it with an elevator in place, preventing falls that can mean broken bones in later life.

And a home elevator can become part of your home security system, adding a layer of security that helps keep your family safe.

Age in place

You bought your home as the investment of a lifetime and an investment in your family’s future.  But what if someone has an accident, robbing them of mobility? 

That’s one scenario, but the other is one we all face – aging.  With a home elevator in place, you stay in the home you’ve invested so much in, instead of facing a move in old age, when you’re supposed to be enjoying the fruits of your labor.

These are just some of the benefits home elevators offer.  They’re a great addition to any home and you don’t even need to be rich to enjoy one.

Inclinator-Elevette has been elevating homes for over 100 years as the most respected elevator provider in the Tri-State area.

Interested in exploring the possibilities?  We invite you to contact us.

Why Hydraulic Elevators are a Popular Choice for Homeowners

While a home elevator may sound like an extravagance to you, for some it’s a necessity.  People who want to stay in their multi-story homes, but who have become disabled due to age or other factors, can do so with the help of a home elevator.

And our population in the US is aging, with seniors growing in number and Baby Boomers right behind them.  That means more of us will experience challenges with mobility in the coming years. 

If you’re a Boomer now, it won’t be long before you’re a senior, so the time is now to consider the benefits an elevator in your home can offer, to avoid having to downsize to a single-story dwelling, apartment or condo.

This post explores why hydraulic elevators are a popular choice for homeowners and the advantages they offer.

Growing in popularity

A home elevator can be introduced to an existing structure, making it relatively easy to obtain the amenity in your current home.

But the popularity of home elevators has grown to such an extent that many builders now offer the option at construction, preparing your home for the eventuality, later on.  They know that as people age, this may become a necessity and increasingly, that’s the case.

The hydraulic option

Hydraulic elevators are the ideal mobility solution for low-rise buildings.  They work with a machine room, but the space required for this feature is relatively small.  It’s also fast and easy to install this variety of elevator.

And hydraulic elevators aren’t just cost effective, their safety record stands head and shoulders above the electric option, especially in regions prone to seismic events.

The 2001 earthquake in Seattle, WA underlines this.  While 11% of electric elevators were seriously damaged by the event, only 1% of hydraulic elevators experienced any interruption in service.

First and best

The hydraulic elevator is a fluid-driven system which has been around for a long time.  Until 1995, these dominated the market.

Then, elevators which could function without machine rooms (traction-driven) began to take their place.  But that trend is slowing down, as more people become aware of the advantages of a hydraulic system.

With drive components which are wear-free, hydraulic elevators cost much less to maintain.  Installation is also less costly and safety features are superior.

And this is where hydraulic elevators have the upper hand.  With safety as one of the most important considerations when selecting an elevator it’s a top reason the hydraulic version continues to be the popular choice for homeowners.

Earthquakes are another reason why hydraulic elevators are a popular choice for homeowners.  Seismic activity is predicted to increase in 2018, due to a periodic decrease in the speed at which the earth rotates.  This factor alone points to a resurgence hydraulic elevator systems.


At Inclinator-Elevette, we’ve been elevating homes like yours for more than 100 years.  We’re the oldest and most respected home elevator provider in the Tri-State area.

If you’re ready to enjoy the benefits of a hydraulic elevator in your home, contact us.

Wheelchair Accessible Elevators for the Home: What Are Your Options?

Accessibility for those with mobility challenges is a concern on people’s minds, particularly with respect to the home and aging.

But older people aren’t the only ones who need the support of elevators for the home.  Accidents happen.  People undergo major surgery, or a family member may have a disability which requires mobility support in a multi-story home.

A sense of independence is a commonly-held desire for those struggling with mobility issues.  What seems negligible to those of us who enjoy total freedom of movement can seem an insurmountable obstacle to someone in a wheelchair.

And that’s where wheelchair accessible elevators for the home come in.  They allow mobility-challenged people to stay in their homes and to enjoy them fully, affording them freedom of movement.

This post explores wheelchair accessible elevators for the home and reviews some of the options that can make all the difference to quality of life.

Tailored to the home.

The challenges of a towering Victorian for someone in a wheelchair are obvious, but the obstacles inherent in even a Mid-Century rancher are very real, also.

Remember, that one step up to enter the house may seem like nothing to you, but it can seem impossible for someone in a wheelchair.

That’s why there are several options to consider when discussing accessibility aids in the home.  A residential elevator provides wheelchair-bound people with access to all floors and it adds material value which far exceeds the cost of installation.

A vertical platform lift or a hybrid VPL do the same job, offering unlimited access to those with mobility challenges.  Lifts are great for that one step at the front door, or for multiple flights of stairs.

The type of lift or elevator you choose depends largely on the style of home you live in, your needs and your personal aesthetic.  At Inclinator-Elevette, we tailor our solutions to your needs and your home.

Home elevators – built for speed.

While both the VPL and elevator answer the need for access, elevators are especially attractive if you’re hoping to subtly integrate mobility support into the aesthetic of your house and its style.

This is the speedy solution, with a variety of drive systems and finishes which respond to both your desire to greater home access and aesthetic fidelity.

VPLs – cost-effective and customizable.

The vertical platform lift is also customizable with a variety of finishes and accessories, depending on your home and desires.

Positioned at the front door, in the garage or carport, or in the stairwell, a VPL is a cost-effective solution which can be equipped with all the same safety features a home elevator is.

Hybrid VPLs.

Elevator meets vertical platform lift in this option, giving you the best of both worlds.  Customizable and featuring controls similar to those you’d find in a home elevator, this may be the right option to meet your mobility and accessibility needs at home.


Now that you’ve read this brief overview of wheelchair accessibility options for the home, contact us. Let’s find your home mobility solution!

Personal Home Elevator Safety

A personal home elevator is more than an investment in your home.  It’s an investment in a future of mobility and ease of movement in a multi-story home.  A personal home elevator is a boon to your family – adding value to your property and to all your lives.

But it’s important to consider personal home elevator safety.  Anyone who’s been in an elevator in a public building which isn’t functioning properly, or stops suddenly and unaccountability, can attest to the terror they experience in such situations.  The idea of being trapped inside what amounts to a very small room is not at all pleasant.

What if one of the kids was stuck in there, or grandma?  Things can escalate quickly when you don’t maintain your personal home elevator in good condition.

Let’s talk about keeping your home elevator functioning well and safe for everyone to use.

Safety features.

It may seem like a given, but your home elevator should be equipped with key safety features like an emergency alarm.  It should also be equipped with door interlocks and a phone.  Should the worst happen and someone gets stuck, help is at hand with this last feature.

Your elevator should also have a stop switch and indicator lights to ensure the safety of everyone using it.

One of the most important safety features of any home elevator is the back up battery.  In the event of a power failure or blackout, this allows anyone in the elevator when the power cuts out to exit safely, as the doors will still open and you can arrive safely at your floor.

Could there be anything more frightening than being trapped in an elevator when the lights have gone out?  A back up battery is a key necessity for this reason.

Maintaining your resource.

Your home elevator, like any other elevator, isn’t self-sustaining.  It requires regular, professional maintenance to function well and safely.

Setting up a maintenance schedule is imperative when you have an elevator in your home.  Like a car, your elevator requires regular servicing.  Regularly scheduled visits from an elevator technician ensures that all the moving parts of the elevator are thoroughly inspected and vetted.

Contract with an experienced service professional you can call when you notice any changes in the way your elevator’s functioning.  You can save yourself costly repairs by maintaining your elevator and calling in a tech when something doesn’t seem quite right.  At Inclinator-Elevette, we don’t leave you at installation, we support you with regular maintenance and repair services, too.


Inclinator-Elevette has been installing quality personal home elevators since 1914.  That’s over 100 years that we’ve been bringing fine homes the ease of personal elevators.  We’re one of the oldest and most reliable elevator companies in the tri-state area.

From mobility lifts to personal home elevators to dumbwaiters, Inclinator-Elevette is your source for the best in personal elevators.  But we also serve commercial facilities requiring elevators for a wide range of applications.

Contact us to find out more about our services and how they can serve you.

Sundowners Syndrome Symptoms and Treatment for Seniors in Winter

sundowners syndrome symptoms

Winter poses many hazards for all seniors but those with dementia may be facing a period of increased memory loss, agitation, confusion and in some cases, anger. However, these risks aren’t increased by the dropping temperatures. Instead, they are caused by the decreased hours of daylight, as Sundowners Syndrome is often the culprit for the heightened effects of dementia.

What Triggers Sundowners Syndrome?

Knowing the triggers of this syndrome can help inform a cohesive plan to alleviate the symptoms, even when the effects are unavoidable. Some of these triggers include:

  • Lower Quality Light. Due to the visual challenges posed by dementia, having a lowered availability of quality light can have adverse effects.
  • Hormone Imbalances. Research suggests there could be a link between hormone imbalances or internal clock disruptions that regulates waking and sleeping hours and Sundowners Syndrome.
  • Exhaustion/Fatigue. Studies have shown that a lack of activity after dinner, particularly lack of activity that can be contributed to fatigue, has a negative impact on the effects of the syndrome.
  • Increased Later Hour Activity. On the other hand, too much activity in the evening hours can also have a negative impact. Specifically, researchers have concluded staff changes in nursing homes toward the end of the day cause anxiety and confusion.
  • Short Winter Daylight Hours. Some research has indicated there may be a link between Seasonal Affective Disorder, which is a common depression caused by lack of sunlight exposure and exacerbated symptoms of the syndrome.

Management Tips

Unfortunately, a defined treatment plan has not yet been defined for the syndrome, as the syndrome itself has not yet been well established. However, there are tips that have helped dementia patients better manage the symptoms of the syndrome with the help of their loved ones.

  • Reduction of noise such as televisions, radios and other entertainment devices, particularly in the late afternoon and throughout the night.
  • Keep track of food and take note of changes in patterns when consuming foods that contain caffeine and sugar. Be sure to monitor and limit foods that cause disruption.
  • Creating a regular, consistent routine that minimizes surprises to help with regular activity and limit anxiety about the day.
  • Light boxes have had been shown to help those suffering from SAD, and can help those with many types of depression, which can help alleviate symptoms of Sundowning.

There are also some medications and supplements that can help with the effects. Having a safe home can also be beneficial, as modifications in the home can lead to more regular activity for the elderly. Contact us today to find out if our products could help keep your loved one active in their home.

Why Install a New In-Home Elevator During Construction?

in-home elevator

Most would assume that when the home is already under construction for renovations, it is the worst time to undergo further construction by adding an in-home elevator or chairlift. However, it can actually be the best time. Whether you are undergoing construction on an existing home or are building an entirely new home, there are benefits to considering adding this to the construction list.


If you are already undergoing renovations, why not get them done all at once? Even further, the contractors you are already paying for the renovations at the time could take on a lot of the customization that comes with installing an elevator or chairlift. Since they are already working on your home, it could be part of the package that is already being paid for.

In many cases, since they are already on-site and have their tools, companies will be willing to work with homeowners to get further work since it won’t cost them much extra the way a brand new job does. It also helps to work with contractors in which you already have a relationship with, as the familiarity with them will often lead to a better deal. In fact, if you are already spending a lot of money with a company, they might offer lower costs due to your continued relationship.

Even further, they will already know and understand the layout and build of your home. This means there will be less risk of mishaps and miscommunication. Much of the issues that occur during construction of a new elevator or chairlift is not understanding the measurements and specifications of a home. Plus, you are already set up for construction and have cleared away boxes and items, so it will be more convenient for you and your family in the long term to get all construction done at once.

New Home

When constructing a new home, it makes good sense to build an elevator or chairlift, even if you don’t necessarily need one at the time. If you plan to sell or rent the home, it will already be prepared for any tenants or buyers. It will also increase the value of the home. Even further, contractors can consider specifications as the home is being designed and built rather than considering modifications after the home has already been completed. Without the extra hours and resources, you could wind up with an elevator or chairlift that is high-end without the same price someone installing such quality would face in their already built home.

Whether you are building a home or already have one, our team can help with your elevator and chairlift needs. Contact us today at Inclinator Elevette to find out how our services can help.

What Influences the Price of an In-Home Elevator

in-home elevator

When a member of the family has decreased mobility, it’s important to consider options that will make daily life easier. However, many families assume that an in-home elevator or chairlift is out of the range of possibilities. By considering what influences the price of these solutions, you can come up with a plan that addresses the needs of your loved one while staying in your own realm of affordability.

Why Should I Install an Elevator or Chairlift?

The first consideration is why you should consider one of these solutions. Accessibility is the biggest reason for either purchase. If you have a multi-level home and there are things your loved one needs on various levels, such as a shower, it becomes necessary to avoid disaster. Even further, such an installation can increase the value of a home, particularly in areas where a lot of elderly and disabled persons live.

Costs for an Elevator

On average, an elevator will cost $20,000 for full installation in a home. While it seems like a large amount of money, this figure covers all aspects of an elevator from the unit to the labor and safety requirements. However, it is important to know that elevators installed for medical reasons could qualify for a tax deduction, leading to lower overall costs.

Additional costs arise from vertical shafts that are created by architects, upscale features or materials, carpentry work, higher ceilings for access, permits, and installation.


If a $20,000 price point is not in the cards for your budget, chairlifts are much more affordable and give a lot of the same convenience. Rather than having a cabin that can travel between levels, a chair will literally lift the rider over the staircase which will lessen the risk of incident on stairwells, which pose a large risk for older and disabled folk.

Chairlifts require much less labor for installation and don’t need the shafts and heightened ceilings often required for an elevator. In fact, most of these lifts are already assembled. The track will have to be adjusted to fit the specifications of each unique stairway. Higher installation prices come from stairs that have more curves that make it necessary to further customize the track. Site complications can also add to the price, but an in-person quote can often be reliable for an estimate of how much a chairlift will cost a family.

The safety of your loved ones is important to us at Inclinator Elevette. Contact us today to find out how our services can help your family.

Cold Weather Considerations and Tips for Seniors

safety tips for seniors

As Autumn approaches, it’s time to start thinking about the colder weather before it comes. For families with seniors, the considerations are more than buying enough salt for sidewalks before the snow comes. Instead, the safety and health of their loved ones could be compromised without the right preparations. Rather than worrying about slip and fall accidents and staying warm when the first snow storm comes, there are simple considerations to make beforehand.

Slip and Fall Prevention

The Centers for Disease Control has reported that one in three people above the age of 65 suffers a fall each year. Many of these falls lead to hospitalization, making it a priority to ensure fall prevention is a regular concern in households with seniors. Some tips for prevention include:

  • Remove piles and other items that pose a tripping threat including magazine piles and small throw rugs.
  • Keep eyeglass prescriptions up to date.
  • Install grab bars in the bathroom such as by the toilet and in the shower for needed support.
  • Ensure light bulbs are replaced and all lighting is good in all rooms.
  • Check prescriptions for risk of disorientation and drowsiness that increases the risk for falls.

Keeping Warm

As we get older, the body has a harder time regulating body temperature. Due to this, cold drafts and weather have a bigger impact on the elderly. Here are a few easy tips to keep seniors warm as the weather cools down.

  • Purchase many layers of clothing. This helps keep natural body heat between layers and gives the option to change layers as temperatures change throughout the day.
  • For homes with double hung windows, regularly check that they are fully shut and not just on the top or bottom. If the home is older, a good tip is to cover the windows with plastic sheeting or saran wrap for a cheaper fix. This will work to keep heat inside the home.
  • Use the furniture to your advantage by putting backs of chairs and couches against drafty windows or doors.
  • Keep a few throw blankets in easy reach, such as on the back of a couch or the arm of a chair.
  • Check in frequently. If you can’t visit your loved one in person, be sure to call to check in regularly and make sure they are eating well and staying warm.

The safety of seniors is our top priority at Inclinator Elevette. Contact us to find out about our in-home elevator products to create a safer home for your family members.