The Latest in Elevator Luxury
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There are a plethora of high-end conveniences offered to the luxury home buyer today, but none can compare to the home elevator. No longer a necessity added for physical needs or the aging homeowner, the home elevator represents the ultimate in convenience.
It is this market that inspired Don Zimmerman to establish his company, Home Elevator of Texas, over 30 years ago. After graduating from college with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Business, he went to work for a major elevator company. After a transfer to San Antonio, the company decided not to offer residential elevators in the area, so Zimmerman struck out on his own. His brother, Douglas, joined him in 1991. A Texas registered elevator contractor with 25 employees, they now have offices in San Antonio, Austin and Houston. Local installation and service technicians live in each locale.
The San Antonio office is the corporate headquarters with two divisions, residential and commercial. They belong to several national industry organizations, including AEMA, an association of members of the accessibility industry, of which Don Zimmerman is 2017 President.
Zimmerman estimates that 50-60% of his business is luxury elevators for new homes and about 40-50% relates to accessibility for those with disabilities or health reasons. Says Zimmerman, “This is a very specialized industry. We have created a well-established, full service organization. Our reputation is built on satisfying our customers’ needs to the best of our ability.”
A home elevator offers much more than a novelty indulgence. They provide tangible comfort and convenience. Many forward thinking homeowners install elevators so that they can remain in their homes later in life and improve the home’s future marketability.
Architects and builders are now offering this option more often to their clients, acknowledging that the convenience is well worth the investment. A pre-pan design for future elevators allows homeowners to construct a completed elevator shaft, modified as in-line closets enabling conversion when the elevator is desired. This concept saves thousands of dollars in remodeling costs.
Often the younger or middle-age buyer is building a dream home and wants the elevator to be the centerpiece. It becomes an expression of their lifestyle and decor, designed by the experts at Home Elevator of Texas. There is a wide variety of styles in cabs, entries, doors, and fixtures with fine finishes such as rich woods and glass enclosures.
A residential elevator can be the most luxurious yet wisest investment homeowners make. They are an affordable access solution, providing optimum convenience and freedom, and they enable the homeowner to plan for their family’s needs for the future.
Elevators come in a variety of sizes and applications to fit budgets and desires. Home Elevator of Texas installations ensure smooth rides and quiet operation. Their advanced systems offer features such as gates, handrails, normal and emergency lighting, and automatic lowering in a power failure.
Zimmerman emphasizes, “We not only strive to provide the best quality and service; we are helping people help themselves.” Home Elevator of Texas offers many other helpful products. Residential dumbwaiters are designed to carry everything from glassware to laundry, firewood or groceries. Storage is always a challenge for today’s homeowner, and they also offer an efficient material lift for garage attics. They also offer stair lifts, an alternative to home elevators.
Knowing that this is not a purchase you make every day, the staff at Home Elevator of Texas walk you through each step of the process and provide you with a free, detailed estimate. Whether you are an architect, contractor, building or home owner, Home Elevator of Texas can help you determine the best model to fit your needs.
For more information visit www.homeelevator.com.