Crafted from crystal-clear, floor-to-ceiling panels, Vuelift glass elevators let light stream through your living space. These stunning elevators mix function and elegance, offering a creative solution for those who want to make their home more accessible without adding bulky or unsightly machinery.
Made by Savaria, one of the leading manufacturers of personal accessibility products in North America, this attractive lift is available in round and octagonal designs to suit your home’s architecture. It can be retrofitted to an existing structure with minimal remodeling or incorporated into concepts for a new home.
The elevator’s innovative design also offers easy setup. While it may appear complicated to assemble, the cab comes with an integrated hoistway and allows for straightforward installation right out of the box.
3 Benefits of Installing a Vuelift Elevator
Residential elevators serve an important purpose by making a home easier to navigate for those with mobility challenges. Wheelchair lifts also perform this function, but a Vuelift elevator provides more style and versatility.
1. Enhances Accessibility
People with disabilities or mobility issues may find it hard or impossible to climb stairs in a multistory residence. Vuelift can travel 55 feet and make up to six stops, helping people of all ages move more easily between different levels of a home. It transports passengers safely and comfortably and makes a house more accommodating for residents and visitors of all abilities.
2. Encourages Aging in Place
Changes in strength, agility, or health can make it difficult for older adults to get around their home. A few stairs connecting a foyer with a living room may have once gone unnoticed but can now seem insurmountable if you’re experiencing joint pain or using a walker. Some people might think about relocating bedrooms to a lower floor, downsizing from a house to an apartment, or moving into a retirement community, but it’s stressful and inconvenient to uproot your life simply because stairs have become a barrier.
Vuelift helps adapt a home to meet changing needs so adults can age in place and stay close to friends or neighbors for as long as possible. An elevator makes a home much more livable whether you use a wheelchair or simply need a little assistance moving between levels of a house.
3. Adds Luxury and Convenience
Even if accessibility isn’t an immediate concern, some homeowners want to install an elevator to increase the value and marketability of a home for future resale. Vuelift is a beautiful design element that adds a splash of luxury and style to a single-family house, urban townhome, waterfront penthouse, or estate.
A home lift also makes ordinary tasks easier and less time-consuming. You can whisk refreshments from a kitchen to a rooftop terrace for a get-together or haul suitcases from a bedroom to the foyer when you’re going on vacation. It’s easier to bring multiple boxes from storage when it’s time to decorate for the holidays or transport baskets of laundry between floors.
This type of amenity offers instant convenience but also ensures a home is livable for years to come, giving you the option to age in place.
How Vuelift Elevators Stand Apart From Others
If you’re concerned a residential elevator means riding in a dark, enclosed cab that’s hidden away in a closet or room, consider the bright and airy Vuelift.
These glass elevators are cool, sleek statement pieces that are meant to enhance your living space. Two designs are available:
Both the round and octagonal models are fully transparent, including the cab doors, to ensure a smooth, light ride. Passengers can look out at their surroundings through clear glass or acrylic panels that stretch from floor to ceiling, so they always feel like they’re part of their environment.
Vuelift can be installed in a prominent location without seeming clunky or out of place. It can even be situated next to a window without obstructing views because light flows freely through the cabin. There are no visible cables or machinery to detract from the stunning visual impact of the elevator.
Whether you choose a Vuelift made of glass or acrylic panels, you’re assured of quality materials and craftsmanship.
- Strong, low-iron silica glass ensures durability and transparency — regular glass is clear when it’s thin but takes on a green tinge as it gets thicker.
- Acrylic panels are crystal-clear and tint-free. They’re also UV-resistant to prevent discoloring.
- Metal components are finished in a powder-coating for luster.
One of the most attractive features of Vuelift from a technical standpoint is its simple, out-of-the-box solution. The elevator cab comes with a modular hoistway so a separate shaft doesn’t need to be built. All parts can be carried into your home through standard size doors, hallways, and stairwells.
Vuelift can be configured to have a single entry/exit, an opposite entry and exit, or 90-degree entry/exits depending on the layout of your home. This flexibility helps provide access even if each floor has unique requirements.
All elements of the self-contained elevator fit together seamlessly, so you don’t have to spend money on special lifting equipment, building a hoistway, costly renovations, or multiple contractors. Your Vuelift can be installed by a single team once electricity and a phone line are in place, offering an efficient and cost-effective solution to accessibility.
Maximizing Your Living Space
When space is at a premium, the last thing you want to do is sacrifice a closet or give up a den or other living area for a home elevator. Vuelift has a compact footprint and fits into areas that are often too tight for a standard elevator, so you don’t have to choose between accessibility and usable space. This innovative lift can:
- Integrate neatly into a foyer
- Attach subtly to a mezzanine or balcony
- Slide into the empty space in the middle of a spiral staircase or square wraparound stairs
Most elevators require a pit or machine room underneath the lowest landing, but Vuelift employs a winding cable drum that takes up minimal space. It can be installed with:
- A pit depth of 4 inches
- A small ramp or step in place of a pit
The energy-efficient motor fits neatly into the top of the shaft, eliminating the need to extend the hoistway into the ceiling or attic space.
Choosing the Design and Materials of Your Vuelift
Personal preference is a consideration when choosing between the Vuelift Round or Vuelift Octagonal, but you may also want to consider which style best complements the architecture of your home and interior design. Our experts can help you select the model that’s right for you.
Both models comfortably fit a wheelchair or walker, offering a cab floor space of approximately 13 square feet to 15 square feet. Specifications vary depending on whether you select a round or octagonal design and acrylic or glass.
- Footprint: 54 inches in diameter
- Cab floor: 13 square feet
- Capacity: 840 pounds
- Footprint: 57.5 inches in diameter
- Cab Floor: 15 square feet
- Capacity: 950 pounds
- Footprint: 59.3 inches by 45.5 inches
- Cab floor 12.8 square feet
- Capacity: 840 pounds
- Footprint: 59.3 inches by 45.5 inches
- Cab floor: 14 square feet
- Capacity: 950 pounds
All models have basic features you expect in an elevator, including automatic operation, illuminated buttons, a touch pad phone, a ventilation fan, and automatic on/off recessed ceiling lights.
Safety Features for Your Peace of Mind
In the rare event of a power failure or other emergency, Vuelift has an array of features to ensure passengers are safe, comfortable, and can be evacuated on the lowest landing.
- Emergency lighting to illuminate the cabin
- Battery-operated lowering that brings the cabin to the bottom landing even during a power outage
- Manual lowering system
- Emergency alarm and stop switch
- Safety brakes
- Detectors that sense obstructions to ensure doors are properly closed
- Sturdy steel frame structure for durability
Homeowners can be confident Vuelift meets or exceed safety guidelines for the design, construction and operation of elevators for private residences. These guidelines can be found in the safety code for elevators published by the American Society of Mechanical Engineers, in A17.1 section 5.3.
Customize a Vuelift Elevator for Your Home
Whether you install this sophisticated showpiece into an existing home to improve accessibility or as a luxury element in a penthouse or new construction, Vuelift infuses your home with beauty and elegance.
Find out how our team of experts at Day Elevator and Lift can help you choose the right model to make your home fully accessible to people of all abilities. Contact us online or call (800) 758-5438 to discuss customizing and installing a Vuelift elevator to fit into your home’s architecture and meet your personal needs.