Lift 45: Three Generations Can Enjoy the Cottage

Model: 4-Person (750-pound capacity)
Track: 83' at 30°
Year: 2012

This lift rises about four stories from a lakeside patio to the cottage, enabling three generations of this family to enjoy summer vacation time together. The previous owners had built an asphalt path for a golf cart but the runoff was fierce and every trip was fairly frightening.

The cottage itself is a work in progress so we built for the future by extending the track so the lower station can be moved to accommodate intended changes. 

We normally hire local carpenters to build the station gates, but in this case we built simple upper and lower stations that will work for several years until landscape renovations are completed and more elaborate gates constructed.

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We build an optional winter cover that sheds snow and keeps the car clean and sheltered. It even has a removable flap that fits inside the sliding gate and protects the interior of the car. The lightweight aluminum frame allows one person to put it on and take it off. The cover is held tight to the car with a single cord that anchors through a gap between the floorboards and cinches down with a single pull.