If you’ve been considering elevator remodeling Florida options, now is the perfect time to move forward with your plans. That’s because elevator installation into your existing home is more practical and seamless than ever before.
Custom Built Residential Elevator in a Florida home
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Things to Consider When Remodeling Your Florida Home for an Elevator

Here are some important factors to consider when deciding whether to remodel your Florida home for an elevator:

Remodeling for an Elevator — Easy or Hard?

The main requirements for remodeling to add an elevator include having or creating an area of unblocked space in your home from the bottom floor to the top floor. The ideal space would be preferably free of load-bearing walls and ductwork.

Here are some of the most popular elevator remodeling options to consider:

Southeast Elevator Home Elevator Remodeling transforming stacked closets into the elevator shaft
White Sugarmill series residential elevator retrofitted into an existing home


A common elevator layout for Florida homes is the conversion of “stacking closets” (a closet on the first floor directly below a closet on the second floor) into an elevator shaft.

Usually, 25 square feet of available floor space in an unblocked area of your home is enough for residential elevator installation. An architect or general contractor would verify the space is sound and analyze your home for the feasibility of using the stacking closets layout.

Pitless Elevators

In some Florida homes, there is no option of digging into the foundation to create a pit for the addition of an elevator when remodeling. In these instances, pitless elevators are an ideal solution for adding an elevator to your existing home.

PVE37 Pneumatic Vacuum Elevator installed in a condo

PVE Vacuum Elevators

Another common layout is a home with an open foyer to an upstairs balcony where a vacuum elevator can serve as a nice addition to your home with minimal construction. Vacuum elevators do not require hoistways, pits or machine rooms. With a minimal footprint, vacuum elevators go where other elevators simply cannot.

What Factors Influence The Cost of Remodeling Your Home For An Elevator?

The cost of remodeling your Florida home to install an elevator can vary greatly depending on the size and complexity of the project. Outside of the price of the elevator itself, you will also need to factor the cost of the architect, contractor, electrician, etc. into the final price of your home elevator project.

Note that you should compare the cost of adding an elevator to buying, selling and moving away from your treasured Florida home.

Also, home elevator cost is negligible compared to the price of assisted living. According to the annual Genworth Financial Cost of Care statistics, the average cost of assisted living in the United States is $4,500 per month.

Can You Customize Your Home Elevator?

At Southeast Elevator, we’ll customize your residential elevator to your exact specifications. We allow you the ability to customize every aspect of your home elevator – from type of cab, lighting and wood paneling to button fixtures and handrails.

View some of your many available customization options on our Cab Designer page.  

Southeast Elevator Peachtree design home elevator cab with beige painted finish.
Southeast Elevator Peachtree Series Elevator in Maple hardwood with a clear finish

What Will You Use Your Home Elevator For?

Home elevators can serve many important functions that help enhance your quality of life, including:

  • Increased Accessibility and Mobility: If you or a family member has a mobility impairment or disability, a home elevator will allow you to move easily between different floors of your home.
  • Luxury: A home elevator can add a touch of elegance and style to your residence, creating a stylish atmosphere to complement your home’s interior design.
  • Convenience: Home elevators offer an effortless way to transport bulky or heavy items such as groceries, laundry or furniture between floors of your home.
  • Safety: A home elevator provides a safe method of moving between floors and reducing the risk of falls and injuries.
  • Future-Proofing: By adding a home elevator, you can make your home more future-proof if you plan to stay in your residence and age in place.
  • Increased Resale Value: By installing a home elevator, you can increase the value of your home and make it more appealing to potential buyers if you decide to sell it in the future.

The Perfect Solution to Add Quality of Life to Your Florida Home

When it comes to modifying your Florida home to add luxury and quality of life to your home, custom-crafted residential elevators from Southeast Elevator are the most accessible and useful lift option.

As Florida’s leading residential elevator company, we remove all the stress out of your home elevator remodeling Florida project. We’ll help you design a customized home elevator that perfectly suits your needs.

Contact us today for assistance with your elevator remodeling Florida project.

National Association of Home Builders Certified Aging-in-Place Specialist

As a Certified Aging-in-Place Specialist (CAPS) designated by the National Association of Home Builders, Southeast Elevator will help you choose the right residential elevator when remodeling to make aging in place a reality.

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