Are you considering building a new home? Perhaps you have already started the process. For most of us, building a new home starts with a list of “must haves” and a list of “nice to haves”. Maybe there is even a list of a few luxuries that you want to choose from.
Some elements of a new home have transitioned over the years from being considered luxuries to being commonplace additions to today’s custom home designs. One of those elements is a home elevator. Once thought to be an item exclusively for the rich and opulent, home elevators are becoming increasingly common within both contemporary and traditional home designs.
The benefits are clear. Since most new homes are constructed with multiple levels, the addition of a home elevator allows visitors and everyone in the family continued access to the entire house, even after their mobility is compromised due to illness, injury or advancing age.
You may be concerned with the cost of a home elevator. After all, aren’t home elevators expensive? They are not as expensive as you might think. Some of the factors that affect the price are the kind of machine you are purchasing, the interior finish options chosen, the floor-to-floor travel distance and the remoteness of the installation site. When you consider that a home elevator quickly becomes one of the most-often used elements of your new home, the investment is wise. Adding a home elevator to your home will increase the resale value of your home up to 10% while being extremely practical. They essentially pay for themselves! Not only does a home elevator allow for increased access, it can help to avoid injury or damage when transporting objects from one floor to the next.
Another concern may be the space it takes to incorporate a lift or elevator into either an existing home or new home plans. Home owners worry about whether there is enough space, or if the room available can have a home elevator customized to fit. Traditional hydraulic drive systems are great for premium ride quality and commercial grade components. However, hydraulic drive systems also require dedicated machine room space for the drive unit.
Garaventa Lift is proud to announce the release of an excellent solution, the new Machine Room-Less drive option for the Elvoron Home Elevator. With customizable cab sizes, the ability to remotely locate its control box, and the elimination of the need for a machine room; the Elvoron Home Elevator with the machine room-less drive option is the ultimate space-saving solution.
Designed using high quality components and technology that have been well proven, the Elvoron Home Elevator machine room-less drive also represents excellent value; legendary Garaventa Lift quality combined with a simple, cost-effective design. The generously-spaced modular rail system provides rigid stability and a smoother and quieter ride than other machine room-less home elevators on the market. Another benefit: It is straight-forward and fast to install!
It is always difficult losing a pet; however it has to be even more difficult to lose a service dog after 12 years of friendship, spending every moment side-by-side. One of our own Garaventa Lift family members, Paul Bryan, had his service dog Jack pass away last week. Jack’s health was deteriorating and was no longer able to enjoy life. He was laid to rest on Wednesday, September 28th.
Jack was born in 1997 and began his service with Paul Bryan in 1999. He took Paul all over British Columbia, pulling him through even the most inaccessible towns. Paul Bryan is in a wheelchair, needing Jack for assistance with difficult terrain and opening the odd door. Even after Jack had become too old to serve, he still went everywhere with Paul as a companion. Paul said “I try to leave him at home but he’s not use to it, so I still take him even though he’s no longer working”.
PADS (Pacific Assistance Dogs Society) dogs are trained to not be left alone at home for more than four hours at a time from an early age. All volunteer trainers and dog sitters have to commit to taking the dogs everywhere, and are required to provide written permission from their employer to ensure this happens. Pacific Assistance Dogs are life changers, providing assistance to people with a number of disabilities. They can make a huge difference to people and their quality of life. To learn more about PADS visit www.pads.ca.
For the month of October we will donate $1 for every Facebook like to Garaventa Lift on Facebook in Jack’s Name to the Pacific Assistance Dogs Society.
Jack was a wonderful dog, very friendly and loving; he will be missed by all of us, and most of all by Paul.
If you have a story or a few words of support for our good friend Paul, please leave a comment and know that the message will be passed along.
When an animal dies that has been especially close to someone here, that pet goes to Rainbow Bridge.
There are meadows and hills for all of our special friends so they can run and play together.
There is plenty of food, water and sunshine, and our friends are warm and comfortable.
All the animals who had been ill and old are restored to health and vigor; those who were hurt or maimed are made whole and strong again, just as we remember them in our dreams of days and times gone by.
The animals are happy and content, except for one small thing; they each miss someone very special to them, who had to be left behind.
They all run and play together, but the day comes when one suddenly stops and looks into the distance. His bright eyes are intent; His eager body quivers. Suddenly he begins to run from the group, flying over the green grass, his legs carrying him faster and faster.
You have been spotted, and when you and your special friend finally meet, you cling together in joyous reunion, never to be parted again. The happy kisses rain upon your face; your hands again caress the beloved head, and you look once more into the trusting eyes of your pet, so long gone from your life but never absent from your heart.
Then you cross Rainbow Bridge together….