The first section of Lift 86. It will be our longest lift ever at 360’ and our 1st 3-pitch lift.
Long, low, gentle slope, a 2-door car
We used the natural rock formation for the lower station of Lift 84 to really minimize the steep on and off the car. We fixed the button box to both the rock and the track. The Park button moves the car 10’ up the track and out of the way.This lift needed a 2-door car.
A very pretty lift.
The owner of Lift 82 wanted the lift to be as discreet as possible. He did a great job with the woodworking, railings and landscaping himself. The hoisting machinery is tucked away under the housing hiding the top of the track.
A spectacular shot of the Top of the Cliff Lift
Lift 81 is exactly 80’ long and sits at 67 degrees, our steepest to date. Building over water added challenges to an already challenging build. This is definitely one of our milestone lifts.
We epoxied bolts 3’ long bolts into the face of a 60° slate slab to build Lift 80. This was the first lift we’ve built from the bottom up in many years, but that was the way that made sense here.
A passing kayaker called it “A God Thing”, “out-of-this-world”.
This is definitely a milestone lifts The local contractors did great work adding the platforms, railings, gates, integrating the upper button box and interlock, and landscaping.
Installation Hoist on a 2-pitch lift.
This is the Installation Hoist we used to carry 20’ sections of track from the top of Lift 79 to the end of the track. There’s a video of the car transitioning over the curve on this page.
A long high 2-pitch lift
When we were building Lift 74 a windstorm dropped trees over but not on the track. We were so lucky. The top section of this lift is nearly on the ground, and then it goes over a cliff.
2-pitch, from the side deck to the dock.
This unique cottage was for sale and, to increase the size of the demographic of potential buyers, the vendors had us build Lift 68, a 2-pitch lift running from the side deck to the dock. They loved how much more time they spent every day at the water with the lift, and then the cottage sold.
A very pretty lift.
The first time on this site I was concerned that we would not be able to integrate the lift with the property. But Lift 76 turned out great. The owner’s contractors did a great job building the platforms and railings.
A 3 station lift
Lift 59 was a tricky lift to design, lining up the lower two stations put the upper station over an unstable hill and we had to get creative building the upper track supports. Fitting the last piece of track was tricky too, we couldn’t weld or grind anywhere near the waterproof membrane covering the boathouse roof. It all turned out very sweet.
Steep, high off the ground.
Lift 58 is steep, has a high-off-the-ground upper station, and a footpath that runs under the lift.
There was a path running along the front of the cottage that they used to get snowmobiles around in the winter ,so we had to get creative and build Lift 56 with an upper access platform that projects over the path.
A 2-pitch island lift
Lift 50, a 2-pitch island lift, had to cross the foot path used daily by many islanders for a brisk walk. So we set the track with over 7’ of clearance and everyone was happy.
A 2-pitch 3-station lift.
Lift 50 was our 4th 2-pitch lift, our 2nd 3-station lift, and our 1st 2-pitch 3-station lift. The middle station is inside the curved track.
Even though Lift 48 has legs 26’ tall and traverses the hill, it’s still hard to see it from the water. We used the Installation Hoist to build this one. The track has water on both sides at 2 different places. and lands in a well in the dock.
When I first laid eyes on Lift 47 from the water, the words that flashed through my mind were “No way! That’s impossible! How’d they build that!” Then I remembered my team and I built it. We used climbing gear for the whole build, even to lower the large track components to the end of the track.
A steep, spectacular lift.
The view riding Lift 44 is spectacular. Not only is it steep, the top station is high off the ground and the bottom one tucks in behind the boathouse. The lift is actually surprisingly inconspicuous from the water.
2 Lift System
Lifts 42 and 43 are our first 2-lift system and Lift 43 is our second 2-pitch lift and out longest lift at 280’.
First 2-pitch lift.
I got tired of not being able to build on sites that needed a 2-pitch lift and invented our 2-pitch system. 2 rollers and a hinge keep the car level at all times. Since Lift 41 we’ve built around a dozen such lifts all using the original design.
Another Pretty lift
The owner of Lift 35 wanted it to be handy and invisible. We came up with the design for the added deck and tucked the lift in nicely. The extra railing on the car is to eliminate a pinch point between the armrest and the upper station substructure.
A Long long lift.
When I first laid out Lift 32 it was a few feet to the left and 6’ higher at the waters edge. This reworked 260’ long line runs from the end of the front deck right to the dock. The car and motor are oversized to meet their needs. It’s wired to become another 4-station lift but the intermediate stations have not been put in yet.
The Road Now Travelled
I love the way :Lift 30 ran through this part of the landscape that had not been used and it open up this beautiful cliff rising off to our left that had always been hidden. It’s great how it it sits so compactly into it’s surroundings. The car clears rocks on either side, at two different places, by 1”.
Lift 29 was used to haul 56 metric tons of sand and gravel up the hill for a new septic bed. We came out to service and repair it after that ordeal and there was nothing to fix.
Lift 27 The owners literally used the lift to take an old cottage up the hill and bring a new one down. Then they put a bench on the platform and just kept on riding it up and down.
3 Stations with Automatic Gates
Lift 24 is the most involved lift lift. The 3 automatic station gates have leading edge safeties that trigger 3 different ways to prevent injuries and are run and monitored by the PLC that runs the car.. This lift has over 10,000 round trips
High Upper Station
Lift 23 is steep and has a high-off-the-ground upper station. But it transformed cottage lift. Neighbours saw the place go from being used 2 or 3 weekends a year to never being empty.
Lift 22 started out as a 3-station lift and became a 4-station lift while still under construction.
The seaweed on the beach was pretty easy to pick up but hard to carry up the stair. Lift 19 solves that, fill it at the bottom and when you run it to the top it tips it into the waiting trailer towed by the garden tractor on it’’s way to the compost heap and, later, the garden.
Short, Steep, 3-station
Lift 15 began as a 2 station single speed lift but we later converted it to 3 stations with a variable speed motor. It’s on an island so getting stuff up and down used to be a burden and now it’s a breeze.
Lift could be an Ewok lift.
Lift 13 Sails through the forest. I love the way it just missed the tree on the left side.
Saved the tree
Lift 12 The owners had the idea to add a small platform to the existing walkway as a lower station. It saved the tree.
A Milestone Lift
Lift 6 This hard-to-see lift was the first one John built from the top down, the middle 160’ is nearly 20’ off the ground so we needed to use his just invented “Installation Hoist” to build the track. We always build from the top down now, except for Lift 80 in 2018.
Steep and shoehorned in
To design Lift 7, I sat about where this picture was taken for about 2 hours, trying to see the car in the lower station. At that time the station platform was a dead end path about 8’ longer. The 2 cedars just below the cars were sacred. Finally I realized that if we used this lighter track we could make it all work. It turned out great.
High off the ground upper station
Lift 16 We stayed on site, the owners prepared French Cuisine meals three times a day, and 4 of us built this 140’ lift in 8 long days on-site. Setting the first section of track that high off the ground needs some creative thinking.