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  • How to Make a Home Accessible – Without Compromising on Style

    With all the blood, sweat and tears that your clients put into their self-build projects and home renovations, they are unlikely to ever want to move. A home lift is an easy and stylish solution for retaining access to the entire home when the homebuilder’s needs change.

    Your typical self-build client will invest their heart and soul in their project to realise their dream home, so accessibility should be a major consideration to ensure the lifetime value of the project. Design criteria such as Lifetime Homes are growing in importance, helping to ensure the accessibility and adaptability of homes. There are many considerations; from access into the house, the layout inside, the width of the hallways and doorways and of course, the stairs.

    Finding the right home lift for your client’s needs

    Incorporating a home lift into the original plans will give your clients the means to future proof their dream home, allowing them to stay put well into retirement.  With a plethora of home lifts available on the market, it’s important to consider which features are most important to your customer. If space is precious, a self-supporting through floor lift such as the Terry Lifestyle Lift may be the best option.

    Since this type of lift doesn’t require a shaft they offer a space-saving and unobtrusive option. In fact, the Lifestyle Lift does not even require fixing to a wall. Instead, the lift is fixed to the floor base, to the aperture ring and the ceiling on the first floor. This is not only aesthetically pleasing, it also alleviates the need to fix to a party wall which may back onto a next door neighbour.

    When choosing a home lift, fire safety should be of paramount importance. The ceiling and floor in the house will almost certainly have an in-built fire rating of approximately half an hour. However, this may not be the case with some very old properties. It is vital to select a lift that can provide the same fire integrity the house had before the aperture is cut – whether the lift is parked upstairs or downstairs. Some companies are not able to offer this, however the Lifestyle Lift has the required fire rating and has been tested and certificated by an independent Fire Research Centre.

    Selecting the right home lift can be a daunting process with so many considerations involved. Terry Lifts can help you not just to choose the right solution for your client’s needs, but to also manage the entire project including all surveying, preparatory and installation works all the way through to after-sales support.

    For more information on Terry Lifts’ full range of home lifts, call 0800 247 1229, e-mail sales@lifestylelifts.co.uk or visit the website at www.lifestylelifts.co.uk.

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