This lift rises about five stories from the upper floor of the boathouse to a new patio behind the cottage and has given new life to the boathouse deck, for the first time since they owned the cottage this couple is able to dine there.
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.
This spectacular lift rises about five-and-half stories from the boathouse to the cottage yard — an awesome alternative to climbing 89 steps.
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.
These cottage owners needed a lift to access their boathouse but a single pitch lift would not work; the top part of the slope was flatter than the bottom part and the lower station could be seen from the top station.
The owners of this cottage had a badly damaged lift that was unsafely at the best of times. We designed and built a new lift that fit into exactly the same footprint; aside from replacing the button boxes, no modifications were needed at either the top or bottom stations.
The owners of this cottage were losing their connection with the waterfront. It was a challenging lift to build because the track had to be high off the ground, right from the deck to to the dock.
“The tram has been the best thing we ever could have done at the cottage… Worth every penny spent.”
"It was the best investment we could have made!”
With this island lift, we found an optimal route for the lift but while the top station was easy to locate and build, the lower end was tightly constrained and the lift would have to be close to the ground.
Before this couple bought their retirement cottage they had one make-or-break question: “Can we install an inclined elevator?” When we confirmed it was possible, they purchased the property.
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.
This PLC-controlled lift had to be precision-set to save two trees and narrowly pass the corner of a porch at the lower end. We mounted the motor at the top because the lift hugs the ground most of the way.
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.
We needed a minor variance to build this lift before the cottage was built, so it could act as a workhorse, ferrying supplies to the building site. This is a smart strategy that for some reason isn’t used very often.
The owners had to replace a rotting set of stairs that connected the cottage and the water, a 65-foot vertical rise. Financially a lift made sense.
This was a tricky lift to install. The top end was about 12 feet off the ground and had to be positioned so the car floor would be even with the cottage deck, which was about 10 feet away from the track and would only be extended after the installation. We also had very little left-to-right space to position the track.
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 replaced a steep set of stairs that were decaying badly at this remote cottage. To minimize the intrusion onto the deck space we built a steep, high track.