Residential Elevator Design in California & Nevada

There are many considerations when planning for an elevator. Here are some important ones:


Place the elevator close to an exterior door, preferably the front, as that’s the natural lobby of the home. Make sure that the elevator serves common areas and 


12″deep (from finished floor), smooth and level from front to back and side to side. Our equipment sits on the pit floor so it needs to be engineered to carry that load. Load forces are on the shop drawings. 


You need at least 8′ of overhead (measured from FINISHED FLOOR at the top level to the drywall at the top of the elevator shaft). This measurement is from the lowest point. If you keep the elevator away from the outside walls of the home (with a sloping roof), you shouldn’t have a problem.


Frame your landing door walls in 2×4 framing. A critical part of the ASME A17.1 code requires the measurement from back of door to edge of the sill in the hoistway to be 3″ or less. Save yourself the headache and frame in 2×4 framing. 

There is more but those are the big ones. The others are better communicated when we have shop drawings for the project. 

Our planning guide (available for Hydraulic or Cable operation) will answer many of your questions for locating the elevator within the home.

If you need answers right away, call us at 1-800-888-5267. We’d be happy to come to you and look over your plans to identify the best solution.