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THE RESIDENTIAL LIFT COMPANY

The Residential Lift Company is an Australian owned company that designed, manufactures and develops the RESiLIFT® range.  It was founded by Peter and Rosemary van Emmerik in Tasmania.

Peter, the inventor of the RESiLIFT® was the first to invent a 'Though-Floor' residential lift, pioneering affordable and retro-fitted lifts for people's homes.

Since the invention of the RESiLIFT®, over 1,500 lifts have been installed in Australian homes.  Over the years the lift design has progressed to what is now a stylish and streamlined model, one that we believe is the best on the market.

CELEBRATING OVER 1000 LIFTS!

In May 2019, we celebrated our customers, suppliers and growth with the installation of our 1000th lift. Here are some of your stories on how our lifts have impacted Australian lives.

THE INVENTOR

Peter Van Emmerik was a Hydro Engineer in the construction of dams for almost 40 years which led him to jobs around Australia and abroad.  His innovative style, coupled with his knowledge of stresses was widely recognized and sought after.

When Peter retired in 1999, he designed the first RESiLIFT® to allow people to stay in their homes.  By June 2004 the first proto-type was operating in his home in Lenah Valley, Tasmania.

The RESiLIFT design is registered under work health and safety regulations.  It was granted a patent for its unique design which has minimal impact on the home.  The lift received a high commendation from the Institute of Engineers in 2009.

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Inventor & CEO : Peter and Rosemary van Emmerik

Since then Peter and his wife Rosemary set up their first commercial business together – The Residential Lift Company,  Peter as Production Manager, Rosemary as Sales Manager.  Together they have sold and installed almost 1,000 lifts throughout Australia and now have family members actively involved in the business.

Today Peter's trailblazing style continues as he is actively involved in product development of his innovation the RESiLIFT®.

Peter and Rosemary look forward to the future and passing on the family business to the next generation whilst still developing ideas and new models to meet the growing market.

Here's a short video of Peter's recent visit to Melbourne for a showroom launch party.  You can see how smooth the lift operates and the seamless design that can blend into any home environment.


Most Affordable
The RESiLIFT® is half the price of a commercial-style lift, with less building modifications and minimal ongoing maintenance than any other lift.

Safe & Easy to Use
RESiLIFT® operates with continuous pressure. The operator is in control of the journey for the whole way. By not having a door, RESiLIFT® maximises accessibility and there is no risk of being trapped in your home. The sensors, grabrail and safety shield reduces the risk of falling out. See full features here. Read full safety features.

Manufactured in Australia
RESiLIFT® was designed by an Australian for Australians. We use locally sourced parts to manufacture. This means you have local support if needed.

Quality
The key components of RESiLIFT® are made from quality products. The hoist is German Engineered and made in Australia by SEW Eurodrive. The extrusions are from Ullrich and all other components are manufactured in Tasmania.

Compact Design
The footprint for a Mirage is incredibly less than one square metre. It is the most compact residential lift on the market taking less space than a shower. We are also able customise the Miracle to fit in very small spaces.

Add Value to Your Home
Installing a RESiLIFT® will add value, convenience and safety to your home. Should you decide to sell, it increases the number of potential buyers.

WATCH THE RESiLIFT IN ACTION

Moving awkward or bulky things up and downstairs is now safer and more convenient with a RESiLIFT. Here's a short video that summarises the benefits of a RESiLIFT.

WHAT OUR CLIENTS SAY

Testimonials
Ian & Adele H, Mirage RESiLIFT owners, Carlingford, NSW

Installing this lift has made such a difference, no more piles of washing waiting to be taken downstairs or carried upstairs. It has made our house complete and it has taken no time for us to “just go by lift”. Carrying laundry upstairs was one step at a time, now the basket is in the […]

Joseph & Raj E, Mirage RESiLIFT owners, Parkville, VIC.

The complete installation was affordable as we are a retired couple.The installation of this lift was compact and has made our life comfortable and now we’re able to stay in our own Townhouse. We were very pleased with the staff including the excellent after sales service.

Ann B, Miracle RESiLIFT owner, Melbourne, VIC.

Resilift.. wonderful. I never thought it would be so fantastic. We had it installed from the garage,(where my husband spends a lot of time!) up into the laundry in the first floor living area. I used to dread going up and down the stairs. Now with the lift it is just like going into another […]

Bill and Thersa R, Miracle RESiLIFT owners, Dromana, VIC.

We are just one couple, of doubtless many hundreds who have benefited from your Father’s expertise and drive to develop ResiLifts. That it is an Aussie company from Tasmania adds hugely to my admiration.Therefore, I would like you to pass on to him, my personal gratitude for his original endeavour, our satisfaction with the lift, […]

Janie and Phil R, Mirage RESiLIFT owners, Port Melbourne VIC.

We would like to thank you for the excellent work and service you provided to us when we were in a tight spot and needed an installation very quickly, due to Phil’s fall. You bent over backwards to get the lift intact, prior to his return from hospital. We have had nothing but satisfaction with […]

Joseph E, Mirage RESiLIFT owner, Parkville, VIC.

It has been a pleasure dealing with you & your company. We are very grateful for the prompt attention & wonderful service – The lift makes our life very comfortable living in our home.

Bill R, Miracle RESiLIFT owner, Dromana, VIC.

“Outstanding and excellent! From my first communication all the way through to post-instalment, I have been highly impressed. I am delighted to share my satisfaction and gratitude. Thank you RESiLIFT so much!”

Lyn N, Miracle Max RESiLIFT owner, New Gisborne, VIC.

I broke my leg just before Christmas. Having the RESiLIFT was a God-send! On the other hand, my girlfriend broke her ankle very badly and had to have an ankle fusion. Their home has very steep stairs and no bathroom downstairs. Without a lift, it was a nightmare. Lyn N, New Gisborne, VIC

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FURTHER READING

Fifteen years ago, Tasmanian Engineer, Peter van Emmerik was in his early seventies and retired.  Like many people in retirement, he didn’t want to stop working altogether.  Instead he started working on a project, which at the time, he didn’t realise was going to launch a full blown Australian-based company, pioneering residential lifts of this kind around the world.  With Peter’s passion for mechanical engineering, he embarked on a problem-solving project: ‘How can we remove the inevitable danger of stairs in two-storey homes affordably for the average Australian?’  This was a personal dilemma for an elderly relative and eventually was a clever solution for hundreds of Australians.  Peter invented the first ‘through-floor’ residential lift as a safe and convenient alternative.  His motivation was to create a product that empowered people to stay in their home, at an affordable price and with minimal impact on the building.  Prior to his invention, residential lifts were either an exclusive luxury or for people with a disability.  It’s now considered a smart way to future-proof a home.    “I designed this lift so people could stay safely in the home they love,” says Peter.  “It saves time, effort and money that would otherwise be wasted…

Check out the latest Home Design magazine featuring RESiLIFT®.   Why should homeowners consider a home elevator? Initially associated with the aging population, residential elevators are fast becoming a lifestyle inclusion for all multi level homes. As souring land prices force developers upwards, elevators prove a safer alternative to stairs. Residential lifts are now replacing the dumb waiters being installed to take groceries from the garage to the pantry and laundry chutes previously included in luxury homes.  Many people use their elevators for commuting items that are difficult on stairs such as luggage and furniture.  Some use them for their sick/older pets, although this is rarely the primary reason for installation. Many people do not want to purchase double storey homes but with land prices cannot afford to have single storey, so installing an elevator resolves that problem. Who benefits from installing a home elevator? Nowadays architects will typically suggest at least a provision for a future lift in new build designs.    There are also a number of lifts that can be installed for existing homes, such as the RESiLIFT®. It is not just the homeowner who benefits. Because people do not have to move home, they retain their family memories and…

Future-proofing your home is about being prepared for whatever happens to you or your family members.  As we age, the likelihood that we experience limitations to our mobility increases.  It may be the result of a past injury or a new diagnosis.  For people living in two-storey or split-level homes, stairs may become difficult to navigate and sometimes even dangerous. Faced with this dilemma, some people feel their only choice is to move to a single-level home. Pleased with already having a RESiLIFT installed, Lyn from Gisborne, Victoria shared her experience “I broke my leg just before Christmas, and having the lift was a God-send. On the other hand,” Lyn says, “My girlfriend broke her ankle very badly last year and had to have an ankle fusion. Their home has very steep stairs and no bathroom downstairs. Without a lift, it was a nightmare.” RESiLIFT® is not only an affordable solution, it’s a smart choice.  Because the footprint is so small, our lift can be retrofitted into existing homes with minimal impact.  Many people also install our lifts in their holiday homes as they prepare for a sea or tree change. Australians are including lifts in their house designs so that…

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