The difference between a lift and a home elevator is in both the design and cost. An elevator has a totally enclosed cab and requires a shaft. A shaft is a wall enclosure that surrounds the cab and the machinery. A lift typically has an open cab, except for 42” panels on the sides of the platform. Lifts are generally more basic and lower cost than elevators. Operation Independence has consulted on and built projects for both private homeowners as well as commercial properties in the greater Boston area. All of the following types of lifts and elevators can be constructed either inside or outside your home.

Vertical Platform Lift

Vertical platform lifts are ideal for wheelchair users who need to be transported between floors of a home. Vertical platform lifts consist of a lift tower, platform and controls and can be installed both indoors and outdoors. Vertical lifts are limited to 12 feet of vertical travel, can incorporate up to 3 stops and only require a 6 foot square area of space. They are an excellent alternative to a ramp. Average cost for a vertical platform lift can range from $4,000 to $20,000 depending on lift height. Contact us today for a free, in-home assessment!

Residential Elevator

Residential elevators are used to access 2 floors or more in a home. These elevators require the construction of a shaftway, which completely encloses the cab and all the machinery. In general, residential elevators are capable of carrying greater weight and have larger cabs than lifts. Elevators can also require more site preparation than lifts (e.g. building a pit at base level and/or a machine room). However with a variety of designs and construction options,there is no other type of equipment that provides a more accessible way of accessing multiple levels of a home. Costs begin at $40,000.


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Savaria vertical platform lift Multilift

The Multilift is a vertical platform lift, designed for low-rise travel, inside or outside your home or in certain public spaces.

Savaria vertical platform lift V-1504

The V-1504 lift is built to carry a wheelchair and passenger safely up and down one or more levels. See our Savaria V-1504 video>

Savaria vertical platform lift Prolift

The Prolift vertical platform lift is a smooth, quiet and efficient operation lift that can be installed in an existing or new structure.

Delta Inclined Platform Lift

The Savaria Delta inclined platform lift can be used in the home or for commercial applications to provide access over a single flight of straight stairs.

Omega Inclined Platform Lift

The Savaria Omega inclined platform lift handles inside and outside curved stairs, multiple levels and spiral stairs. Ideal for access over stairs in commercial settings.