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  1. #11
    Costs go beyond the elevator and remodeling the side of house. Other costs may include reinforcing the foundation and roof and upgrading the electricity service. You're talking $50K minimum and more likely $100K. You'd pay less to move to a single story house and also be much happier. Then there's reliability. Elevators are notorious for failing. Just hope you're on the ground floor. But what if you're on the second floor during failure? Or worse, what if you're inside? A person in a wheelchair would require a pretty good service contract for an elevator. The elevator companies often sell elevators at cost just to get the service contract, which is their bread and butter. Service contracts are necessary and expensive.
    Last edited by August West; 11-10-2017 at 07:40 PM.

  2. #12
    Here is a "This Old House" segment on outside house elevator installation. Only the second story opens directly into the house, but a contractor may be able to figure something out.

    https://www.thisoldhouse.com/how-to/...-home-elevator

    You will find more ideas if you search "elevator installed on outside of a house" in a search engine with images.
    Last edited by gjnl; 11-10-2017 at 06:56 PM.

  3. #13
    Quote Originally Posted by gjnl View Post
    Somewhere I have read about a contractor that built an elevator shaft on the outside of the house that opens to the inside of the house on both the first and second floors. I haven't had any luck finding the reference.
    There are several of these on the market, usually called "vertical lifts" rather than elevators...some enclosed, some not. I would expect in MA you would want one that is enclosed though. None are cheap. Most home elevators do have a battery back-up system for power failures though. Here are some examples:

    https://www.precisionliftindustries.com/author/admin/

    https://www.universal-accessibility....m#.WgYsw4ZrytE

    http://www.daytonaelevator.com/Verti...lChairPAge.htm

    http://senaterace2012.com/awesome-ou...ts-handi-lift/

    http://store.allinonemobility-shop.c...torslifts.html

    Here is a good overview of options, and their costs:

    https://contractorculture.com/costs-...-installation/

    Ex-Goose, I would also caution you that spiral staircases don't meet code for fire safety in many jurisdictions.

    I agree you would probably do better to sell your current home and purchase a single level home instead.

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  4. #14
    Batteries enable power during black outs. They don't mitigate all electrical failures nor mechanical failures.

  5. #15
    Vertical porch/platform lifts with an enclosure is what most people use. When you start talking elevators you're talking a huge amount of money, which are typically used in commercial buildings. I have Bruno platform lift going to my basement which is an 8' model. But, they are painfully slow, some are really noisy, and can conk out at anytime. I tend to avoid going into my basement.

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