INSTALLING LIFTS IN RESIDENTIAL BUILDINGS
Implementing practical elements that promote and facilitate the movement of each neighbour living within a residential community in a block of flats is essential when considering inserting a lift. There is an initial investment involved which, in the long-term, will be more than compensated for and profitable due to the amount of usage given by people that utilize it as they feel a comfort added or even because they require it as a basic mobility need.
What Are the Advantages of Installing a Lift in the Building?
Among the main reasons for installing a lift in a building, without a doubt, is the clear reason of ease of accessibility throughout the building for practicality purposes. It makes the building a more complete structure and more adaptable to the possible basic needs of the inhabitants. The following is a list of the advantages that a lift would bring with it for a residential building:
- It provides ease of access for inhabitants that are of an older age or who have difficulty moving. Having to move up and down stairs may cause serious issues for those who have a lower range of movement.
- It is more comfortable to move about the building when carrying anything of considerable weight.
- It offers accessibility to people who move around in a wheelchair or who have a small child and require a pushchair. A lift is the only way to remove architectural barriers from the building.
What Are Possible Locations For Installing a Lift?
One of the biggest difficulties when installing a lift in a residential building, leaving to one side the necessary agreement among the members of the residential building community, is a location for the lift. In this sense, the more complicated the reforms to be completed and carry out the assembly, the greater the difficulty of the work and as such, the greater the final cost of the lift installation.
The structural characteristics of the building in question mark the viability and the cost of the project in line with the possible location of the lift. The following options for location, ordered from lowest to highest regarding constructive difficulty:
- Install it in the space in the middle of the stairway
This is one of the principal locations to keep in mind as it requires less additional work and it is possible to carry out an investigation of the building prior to construction. In this circumstance, it would be possible to enlarge the space a few cm in the event that there is not sufficient space or if more space is required for the cabin of the lift.
- Install it in the interior or exterior patio
In many buildings there is a community patio that may be just big enough to house a lift, which would be an interesting option for its installation. However, in this case, it would be important to consider the need to go up or down a small set of steps as there may not be a coinciding exact level.
- Installing it on the side of the building
In some buildings, it may be possible to install the lift on the back end, however this poses a challenge, which mainly requires the use of a public path, which is an additional complication when installing the lift.
- Reconstructing the stairway
In the event that this option is appropriate, it would be necessary to demolish the stairway and rebuild its structure by creating the sufficient amount of space for a lift. This would be bothersome for the neighbours and would be very expensive for the people living in the building. Reconstruction, is one of the more expensive and bothersome options from the suggestions listed here.
In summary, in common areas, it is necessary to use the elements that facilitate movement of all of the neighbours within the community. The implementation of lifts is an initial investment, but that it is profitable with the passing of time.
What is the Recommended Size for a Lift in Different Buildings?
When referring to personal living spaces, the best option would be to install a single-family lift model taking advantage of the space more efficiently compared to conventional lifts and whose characteristics are more appropriate for personal use. These types of lifts have low maintenance costs, which can be adapted well to the needs of the clients and the characteristics of the space available.
For lift installation in residential buildings, it is necessary to investigate whether it is possible to install in the first place. This also requires that it is a sufficient size to transport a person in a wheelchair. The cabin, then, would need to be at least 1 x 1.25 metres deep.
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