Outside elevator - the simple solution in the old building

In many buildings it is not possible to retrofit an elevator. Whether in a single-family home for two floors or in an apartment building over five floors. The possibility of using an elevator is today not only decisive for wheelchair users over the usability of an apartment. Especially in the old building, there are hardly any possibilities for installation.

The problem with elevator construction

In the old building, the corridors are often not big enough to install a lift there. In addition, the corridors are not necessarily directly above each other. So what good is it if the space for an elevator is just enough, but it ends up in the shower on the second floor?

Then often the problem of historic preservation is added, which often approves an outside elevator. Since in an outside elevator neither stucco ceilings are damaged nor larger structural changes are necessary in the house, this is actually the gentler variant.

Models and materials

Today's outdoor lifts are often real eye-catchers. Therefore, they are now often even planned from the outset on the facade. In the old building, however, the elevators are usually attached to the outside out of necessity.

Today, combinations of glass and stainless steel are often preferred. Both hardly age and remain beautiful and unchanged for decades. However, this rather cool look does not necessarily suit every house. Therefore, the stainless steel is painted in an old building often in the same color as the building.

  • fully glazed panoramic lift
  • stainless steel model
  • painted stainless steel in all RAL colors
  • Stainless steel and glass

Light catch with the outside elevator

While an elevator in the interior is always a bit disturbing and somber, an outside elevator can even bring light into the building. A fully glazed panoramic lift is then combined with glazed elevator doors. This creates a high incidence of light on each floor and can thus literally capture the light.

Price differences depending on size

Of course, the elevators are a bit more expensive outdoors than the normal indoor elevator, if it can be included in the construction planning. But the prices depend on several other factors.

  • head
  • Capacity
  • cabin size
  • Number of breakpoints
  • Building conditions on the property
  • spatial conditions at the breakpoints in the building
  • speed

Regular costs in operation

The elevator itself accounts for the lion's share of the investment. But there are also big differences in running costs. If you do not want to use your elevator later because it uses too much electricity, it is not served. Therefore, you should pay attention to these aspects in the planning.

  • power consumption
  • Cost of maintenance
  • Cost of TÜV and supervision

Tips & Tricks

If you want to install a lift in a listed building, you should seek early contact with conservationists. If the colors are adapted to the building, the experts are often more enthusiastic about an exterior elevator, as less intervention in the old building fabric is necessary.

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