|WARNING: Common House does not equal Residential||<– Date –> <– Thread –>|
|From: Grace Kim (graceschemataworkshop.com)|
|Date: Mon, 12 May 2008 14:30:00 -0700 (PDT)|
SNIP There are several elevators out there made for more home-use that don't require a shaft, per se, at all. Or that can use a converted closet space as the "shaft" for it, and would need a ground pit or mechanical room. Some can be housed in the middle of a staircase surround. Since it is for a common house, which would get much less use than say, a commercial bldg or apt bldg, a light use elevator made for home use might be a better fit in this instance. ___ While the Common House gets less use than a commercial bldg, I would disagree that a residential elevator would make a better fit. Residential grade furniture, equipment, flooring, etc. simply does not hold up to the use of any common area facility. The one exception might be kitchen appliances, where the higher end residential equipment MAY be appropriate in some instances. But a residential elevator in a Common House will likely not be able to hold up to frequent use (unless you lock it off w/ a key for only special use) - it will be difficult to keep kids from wanting to use it. And to limit its use for convenience. Since the greatest cost of any elevator/lift is the maintenance contract, I would caution against "saving" money for an inexpensive elevator - make sure you are fully informed of the cost differences for the maintenance contracts, warranties, and recommended intervals for regular maintenance. Having said that, if anyone has successfully installed/maintained a residential in their common house, I'd love to get the manufacturer/model and some history (when it was installed, how frequently used, how frequently serviced). grace h. kim, aia principal NEW ADDRESS! schemata workshop an architectural collaborative 1720 12th Ave, #3 seattle, wa 98122 v.206.285.1589 f.206.285.2701 www.schemataworkshop.com
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