Outdoor Lift - Exterior Elevator

Outdoor Elevator – Residential Lifts in Exterior Location

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For homeowners, there are many variables to review when deciding where to install a home lift for their residential application. Many often want to find an inside location that’s convenient and not obtrusive to the flow of the home. This makes space-saving elevators ideal given the smaller footprint required for operation. Next is the aesthetic of the elevator and whether it will complement the interior design of the location where it’s being installed. Many people want to ensure the elevator is attractive and enhances the design of the room for future resale value. Lastly, it’s the ease of installation and feasibility of installing the lift in the desired location that is the final variable. When reviewing the property, the local installer and contractor will verify if there is enough space to successfully install the elevator in that location or if there are any obstacles that impeded the lift from being installed.

Outside Elevators – Enclosures Required


When installing a home elevator by PVE in an exterior application, often an enclosure is needed to build around the elevator to fully protect it from the elements. While they are often installed in rooftop decks or outside the home, these self-supporting lifts need to be fully enclosed and protected from the elements to ensure the longevity of the equipment. The residential elevator should not be susceptible to the elements as over time this could potentially damage the long-term operation of the lift if it is not properly maintained. For past installations, homeowners have built enclosures using glass to take advantage of the panoramic visibility offered by these innovative elevators.

Exterior Lifts – Temperature Controlled Enclosure

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When building an enclosure for a home elevator by PVE, one of the items recommended is to ensure the enclosure has the ability for temperature control. This is to ensure that the temperature inside the enclosure does not get too hot or too cold for the convenience of the passenger. In the past, we have seen installations where the homeowner did not have the ability to temperature control the space which resulted in the enclosure getting extreme temperatures depending on the season. This can result in an unpleasant experience for the passenger and depending on the temperatures, could affect the operation of the elevator long term. As a result, for these residential elevators, building an enclosure that offers the ability for temperature control is ideal to ensure the longevity of the equipment and positive riding experience for the passenger.

Easy-to-Install Home Elevators

While installing the elevator in an exterior application may seem like the only option, the benefit of these space-saving residential elevators is they have a much smaller footprint than traditional home lifts. Without the need for a pre-construction shaft, pit or machine room for operation, these elegant residential lifts simply rest on the existing ground floor. This feature offers far more flexibility of installation inside the home. Requiring only a 220 volt power supply for operation, this plug and play elevator can be installed in as little as 2 -3 days for any retro-fit or new construction project. Able to travel up to 5 stops or 50 feet in total rise, every home lift is custom built to the heights of each home. Offering 360° degree visibility while travel, these panoramic lifts are available in three different sizes. Made in the USA, each residential elevator produced meets the strictest quality and safety standards for any residential or marine application.

Outdoor Elevator by PVE Frequently Asked Questions

What is the highest in travel you can go with an air driven outdoor elevator?

Custom built to the height of the home, Outdoor Elevators by PVE can travel up to 5 stops or 50 feet (15 m) in total rise

Is an outdoor elevator by PVE made out of glass?

While Outdoor Elevators by PVE are panoramic, they are manufactured using Polycarbonate Panels and are not manufactured using glass. Polycarbonate panels are much lighter and stronger than glass panels, with an impact resistance approximately 200 times stronger than glass. Each one of the panels on the elevator can be replaced in the event that a panel is damaged, scratched, etc.

How much space is needed for a outdoor elevator?

PVE’s self-supporting home elevators require the least the amount of space and construction needed to install a home elevator. The requirements vary depending on the Vacuum Elevator model chosen and the type of application. With three models to choose from, each Vacuum Elevator model has a different exterior diameter. With Vacuum Elevator installations, there are 2 types of applications: through-floor and balcony mounted applications. For Through-Floor Applications, where the elevator will be traveling through the floor, the through-floor hole needs to be 2” inches greater than the exterior diameter of the elevator. For balcony Mounted applications, there needs to be the clear space to accommodate the exterior diameter of the elevator, and often a landing needs to be constructed to ensure ease of entry on the top floor. Speak with a PVE Sales Representative to verify the space needed to accommodate your desired Vacuum Elevator.

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Celebrating 20 years in business, Home Elevators by PVE have over 550 authorized distributors worldwide with over 20,000 successful installation globally. When it comes to retrofitting a lift inside an existing residence, the home elevators produced by PVE are second to none. Contact us today to locate the closest authorized dealer to your residence and received a free in-home consultation to see if these elevators are right for your project and needs!

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