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…
EXPLORE LIFT MODEL OPTIONS
We will help you choose the right lift for you based on your needs, floorplan and space. Each of the lift models are the same width, but they do vary in depth.
It's not just the size to consider, but also the configuration, as some of our lifts have the option for a dual entry. You can enter one side, and exit the other side, thus creating a roll-through experience for wheelchairs, and a walk through experience for walkers or passengers.
The lift photographed here is a Mirage RESiLIFT. The lift in the lower level is located in the garage.
The Mirage is our smallest lift. It is the most compact lift on the market in Australia. Due to its incredibly small footprint, it's the most popular choice for many homes. Despite being our smallest, it still fits two adults comfortably.
The Miracle model comfortably fits a person with a walker. The lift car is square and has a slightly larger footprint than the Mirage.
The Miracle gives the option to have dual entries/exits. Therefore someone can walk through the lift entering in one side and exiting another side.
The Miracle Max is a longer version of the Miracle model lift. It comfortably fits a person in a wheelchair. Like the Miracle, it also has the option to have dual entries/exits so if someone is in a wheelchair they can simply roll through.
Some people install the Miracle Max with a dual entry as a way of keeping the area accessible as a hallway.
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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