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General

Insight
Examples of Retrofits
Cherished family home + treasured memories + great location +multi-levels = NO PROBLEM

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Garage down to house
The problem with street level garage parking and having a home located at the bottom of a slopping block is the access in between the two, especially when you have to carry your shopping bags down many flights of stairs or get caught out in bad weather.

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Examples of before and after elevator installations
Check out the before and after shots – transformations to make life just that little bit easier.
How a elevator is manufactured
To ensure that we continue to deliver only the highest quality lifts,  our Italian supplier EP only uses the best component providers

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How we build a home elevator in 8 minutes
See how one of our elevators are installed in an 8 minute video here
Are elevators safe for children
Our elevators are installed in many locations and used by many people, including children.

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Do you have a warehouse?
Once our lifts arrive in Australia and clear customs, the materials are delivered to one of our warehouses in either Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane or Perth.

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Categories
Heritage Series
Have a property that is heritage listed ? No problem, we have had over 20 years of experience where we have installed elevators into heritage listed terraces, large manors and factories.

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Bank Access
Over the years, we have provided many limited mobility access solutions to a number of banks, which include ANZ, Bank of China, CBA and the Bank of Queensland.

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Garage Down to House
The problem with street level garage parking and having a home located at the bottom of a slopping block is the access in between the two, especially when you have to carry your shopping bags down many flights of stairs or get caught out in bad weather. At Lift Shop we have worked on multiple projects that over come this issue, so the clients can have easy access to their home no matter what the weather is doing.

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Elevators in Yacht Clubs
Another class of building that we have often provided limited mobility access solutions for are Yacht Clubs.

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Have lifts been installed into factory conversions?
Whilst building from scratch is great, some of our clients also like the idea of working with an existing building, such as a factory for the ultimate interesting individual design – and a great solid building that has already stood the test of time.

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Can you put a lift into an existing terrace home?
During the 19th century, Victorian and Edwardian era terrace houses were a popular style within the older, inner city areas of the major cities, mainly Sydney and Melbourne.

We have had the pleasure of being involved with the modernization of some of these homes when they have been brought into the 21st century with the inclusion of a lift.

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Examples of car showroom lifts
Car showrooms are carefully planned spaces and at times require limited mobility access, like any other retail space.

When it comes to making the space amazing, you need a disabled access solution that is complimentary, beautiful and reliable.

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Lifts in childcare centres
With the growth of the child care sector, we have installed many limited mobility lifts across Australia.

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Examples of lifts in bars and restaurants
Many of the limited mobility lifts we have installed have been in either restaurants, bars, clubs or hotels – depending on the design criteria and other requirements, installations from our full product range have been utilised.

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Installing a lift into a school
Over the years, we have provided numerous limited mobility access solutions in schools Australia wide.

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Examples of lifts with waterviews
Dream homes with waterviews, well of course they include lifts too.

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Examples of lifts in luxurious settings
Convenient access from a home lift – But why stop there, see some classic ideas to take the lift design to the next level.

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Machine equipment/room options
Whilst most of the lift equipment is contained within the shaft, there are also some components located outside it. For hydraulic lifts (Elfo, Elfo2 and Freedom), there is a hydraulic tank unit as well as a wall mounted electrical/controller cabinet requiring a space of approx 700mm wide x 500mm deep x 1800mm high. We can also supply a fully enclosed cabinet in which to house this equipment.

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How to install a lift into a penthouse?
On several occasions we have retro-fitted our lifts (usually with glass shafts) into penthouse apartments. Apart from the installation itself, this has also involved working with engineers and builders regarding feasibility, delivery to site arrangements (in often busy city streets) and logistics of getting all the lift materials delivered to the upper floors of high rise buildings (sometimes via good lifts, cranes or helicopters).

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Can a private lift be fitted to the outside of an apartment block
In this solution, a 4 story walk up problem was solved by strapping a LONG travel private lift to the side of the building (entering from the garage to inside is 5 steps and takes less than a minute)!

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Design

Designing Your Lift
Examples of galvanised finishes
More and more, galvanised finishes are being selected as a blank canvas for clients to add their own custom finishes to.

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How to integrate your lift?
Many clients want the elevator concealed.

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Examples of views from lift cabins
Whilst there is a lot of emphasis on glass lifts and shafts from an exterior perspective, equally important are the advantages from an interior perspective.

 

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Do people put seats in lifts?
Whilst we encourage the inclusion of a handrail in most of our lifts as a comfort and/or convenience, some of our clients have gone one step further and included some type of seating too.

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How to make a feature of a lift lobby
Usually as a result of a retrofit, it may be necessary or done purely as a design feature that a lift lobby is also included in the scope of works to install a lift.

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How to install a lift with stairs wrapping around it?
Often the most obvious location for a lift is in the void area created by a stairwell, this also has the added advantage of having both access options next to each other. And finally, it’s a great visual feature of the property.

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Customising lifts to reduce the building impact
When in the planning and design stage, it is important that clients are offered a product that can be customised to suit any space. One of the key reasons why designers and architects alike love our product offering is the minimal spatial impact it has.

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How small can a lift be?
The advantage of our size to suit technology is the ability to fit into almost any space available. Working in very small size increments, we have often designed tiny elevators that still provide the convenience and added luxury  offered by our exclusive Italian range of products.

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How to utilise glass into your lift project
Sure, glass shafts have become very popular and why not, they look beautiful. But why stop there, look at some of these clever lift designs where glass has been extended to connecting bridges, stairs and landings.

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How to make your lift look different from the rest?
What clients love about our lifts is the ability to custom finish to meet their exact project specification, whether it be a special ceiling, particular wall cladding, individual flooring or special doors – with our lifts, it is all possible.

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Landing doors
Can a home lift have a sliding door?
Some clients have small landing spaces or simply want ease of access at the touch of a button, the Lift Shop sliding door range is the perfect solution for this.

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Examples of custom door handles
Often clients like to further integrate their lift by adding a custom door handle.

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Stainless steel hinged doors
When you are looking for the best of the best and really want to make a statement with your lift, nothing does it better than the elegant look and feel of stainless steel.

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Examples of coloured glass
Our glass range offers clients a large variety of colours that can tie into any homes decor.

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Making lift doors "higher"
Often clients wish to make the 2000mm high lift doors look the same height as other higher doors in their homes.

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Lift Shaft
Examples of coloured glass
Our glass range offers clients a large variety of colours that can tie into any homes decor.

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Can Lift Shop provide a glass shaft?
For the absolute minimum of fuss and for a great standout feature, we can provide glass shafts for both internal and external locations.

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How to finish the outside of a shaft
Our beautiful lifts are just the start, the possibilities of how to decorate your shaft  are endless.

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Examples of finishes inside a shaft
The inside of a lift shaft can be the perfect black canvas – some of our more imaginative and creative clients take advantage of this with some amazing ideas.

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How to showcase a drive side wall with glass?
When clients wish to see the mechanical and moving parts of the lift whilst travelling, it may be possible to have a glass wall in the cabin on the drive side.

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How to utilise glass into your lift project?
Sure, glass shafts have become very popular and why not, they look beautiful. But why stop there, look at some of these clever lift designs where glass has been extended to connecting bridges, stairs and landings.

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How to incorporate mesh into a lift shaft
Staying at the forefront of innovative design proposals, we have had the pleasure of being involved in projects where the design of the lift shaft includes a mesh/cage type effect. The shaft itself has been either supplied by the builder or we have supplied one of our steel shafts.

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Examples of black shafts
Although natural anodised aluminium has been the shaft colour of choice for many years, we are now seeing a trend towards black powdercoated aluminium and also steel. And it’s easy to see why – the slick gloss finish with cladding in either clear, frosted or reflective glass provides a wonderful architectural statement at the properties.

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Lift Cabin
Examples of car operating panels
What clients love about our lifts is the collection of car operating panels we have on offer.

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Cabin options
The range of cabin designs and styles are endless at Lift Shop.

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How to personalise a lift cabin?
Why not make it totally personal by custom finishing the inside walls of the lift cabin.

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Is there a slimline cabin design available?
At Lift Shop we strive to continually improve all aspects of our company and products, including working closely with our Italian supplier Elevatori Premontati who have developed a new cabin for our ElfoLift range, Moderna.

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What are the standard finish options
Whilst all of our range has optional upgrade selections to choose from as well as the ability to custom design – we also have a huge range of standard finishes.

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How to showcase a drive side wall with glass?
When clients wish to see the mechanical and moving parts of the lift whilst travelling, it may be possible to have a glass wall in the cabin on the drive side.

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Examples of stainless steel cabins
Stainless steel offers clients a sleek clean look that can tie into any design brief – we have a huge range of colours and textures available.

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Examples of Arpa cabins
Our Arpa range offers clients a versatile finish that can be used in a variety of designs, from ultra-modern through to something more traditional – there are hundreds of colours and textures available.

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Flush mounted push button phones
Our exclusive flush mounted push button phones continue to be a highly desired option as an alternative to regular wall mounted phone handsets.

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Examples of cabin ceilings

Our ceilings can come in large range of colors and custom designs to suite any interior design.

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Examples of Handrails

Our selection of handrails are both a stylish and practical accessory. See the numerous examples below.

 

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Examples of custom flooring
In any of our lifts, clients can select their flooring direct from the manufacturer with a choice of studded rubber, vinyls, manufactured stone and hardwood timber floorboards.

 

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Stone floor examples
What a lot of our clients love about our range of lifts is that we have a premium option where we can install a stone floor into their elevator. Supplied in one piece, it eliminates grout lines and work by others.

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Building Guidance

Building your lift
Door surrounds
A standard requirement for our lift installation is provision of a raw door opening that is 20mm wider on each side and also above the door frame. This allows some flexibility with the installation and caters for openings slightly out of plumb.

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Examples of shaft load bearing walls
Our lifts have a very small building impact and only require one load bearing wall – this is normally on the left or right hand sides but can sometimes be the rear wall. The usual construction method is 190mm thick solid reinforced blockwork. However, any other type of wall can be provided, as long as it has the necessary structural strength and we can take fixations where necessary (please always obtain independent engineering advice for any proposed load bearing wall and note that the non-load bearing walls must always be impenetrable).

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How to create a custom glass shaft?
Whether it is a stunning view or a busy living room many clients enjoy the luxury of being able to see what is going on around them while travelling in their private lift. Although we have a full range of glass shafts (steel and aluminium) these pictures show some of the amazing glass shafts that builders have provided for a complete customised finish.

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How to finish a pit floor?
As glass shafts and glass doors become more popular, many clients are also taking advantage of this to show a completed finish on the pit floors. There are a few ways to do this, especially in relation to timing – just discuss and explore the options with our experienced staff.

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How to finish/fix off the top of a shaft?
As a deliberate design finish, the top of our shafts are sometimes finished below the ceiling level – this then allows for a capped finish to be applied. These cappings also have the advantage of providing the needed fixations for stability at the top of the shafts.

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How is a lift delivered to site?
Our elevators are easy to deliver to site with no fuss, all the components are packaged so that they can fit through a standard door, which means no need for expensive crane hire or building alterations.

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How to install a lift with no pit?
Even though our lifts have a very minimal pit (from as small as 100mm), it is not always possible to create this when installing into an existing building. As the lift is often being included to provide either wheelchair access or at least, access for someone of limited mobility, having a step up into the lift is not an option (and also in breach of building codes).

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Options to weather protect an outdoor lift
Having an outdoors lift can be a great design feature, but, the weather should always be considered. As the direction of the wind and rain can change, we always recommend having as much weather protection as possible. This is particularly important at the upper level, we don’t want water getting into the shaft and causing damage to any of the lift equipment.

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How to stabilise a lift shaft?
Our steel and aluminium shafts are designed to carry the whole load of the lift and do not transfer any forces externally. However, for stability, we need to have secure fixations every 3 metres and also at the top of the shaft. In some instances, these fixations have not been possible – but all is not lost.

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Bones only shaft - before and after
With our Elfo and Supermec range, we are able to supply the steel structural shaft components without any cladding. This may assist in construction by removing the need to build a load bearing shaft, it can also assist by having a smaller footprint than a traditional shaft.

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