Without a lift getting to the water involved a scary 15 minute drive in a 4 x 4 vehicle on a steep, rough track. With the lift it will be less that 5 minutes.
These owners had considered lifts and driveways several times and final decided the time was right to go for the lift.
There was no way for owners to use this property conveniently without a lift. Lovegrove Construction invited us to design a solution. It turned out there was only one spot at the top where we could place the lift and that, fortunately, worked for building the dock and the cottage.
The owners of these two lifts needed them to give them access to their boathouse, without the lifts they had to load up their car and take a fairly scary 20 minute round about car ride each way.
This PLC-controlled lift kept evolving as we were building it. It started out as a 160-foot run with a vertical rise of 100 feet. On the first day, the owner asked us if we could raise the top end by six feet to allow for back filling the upper station.
This is one of our longest lifts at 260 feet with the added challenges of a 150-foot vertical rise and a top station that sits 12 feet off the ground.
We looked at several possible track routes before finding one tucked away from the rest of the property and almost invisible from the water yet is optimally located at both ends. It opens up easy access to the boathouse as well as a previously hidden and beautiful rock wall that is the highlight of the ride.
From the owner: “Access to our cottage on Lake Huron is down a hill of almost 100 cedar steps. Everything that we bring to the cottage or take away has to be lugged up and down the hill. My husband I had always thought we would wait until our senior years to put in a lift but the fact was that it made more sense to do it now and use it for the next 30-plus years.
This lift runs approximately 200 feet from the edge of a backyard to a valley floor seven stories away. It provides the owners access to miles of cross country skiing while circumnavigating the treacherous forest trail that was their only direct route to the trails.
Although this lift rises 80 feet from the lake to a hilltop through a mature forest, we were able to find an ideal line. The upper station is on a natural hillock and provides good access to the cottage. The lower station is a step off the forest floor, framed by two established trees. Amazingly, only one mature tree had to come down.
Prior to the installation of this lift the owners had never been to their lakefront. Now, a trip between the water and the cottage, about 170 feet of vertical rise, takes four peaceful minutes and offers a spectacular view of the forest, cliff, and lake.