Cost of a Home Elevator – Greater Chicago Area

Are the stairs in your home becoming difficult to navigate?  Have you considered adding an elevator to your home?  A residential elevator is often assumed to be an expensive addition to a home. However, when compared to downsizing and moving to a single level home with all the associated costs, adding a residential elevator can be a very affordable option.

How Much Does a Home Elevator Cost?

On average, home elevators can cost between $28,000 and $35,000 depending upon floors served, the configuration of the elevator car and other considerations. The prices that we quote for our customers include tax, permits, shipping, and installation fees. Other dealers may list a price that is lower than the price range we have given; however, their price may not include the above items.

Our prices, however, usually do not include engineering and architectural costs, or the renovations to your home that are required to accommodate your new elevator.  We have excellent relationships with many building contractors and architects to help your project go smoothly and on time.

Get an accurate elevator price for a home elevator by calling call us at 847-215-9490, emailing us at, or you may fill out the form below.

In the meantime, we listed the factors that have an effect on the cost of a home elevator, so that you understand what you will be paying for.

Types of Home Elevators:

To The Top sells and installs both traditional and through the floor (shaft-less) residential elevators

Through-the-Floor (TTF)

A through the floor elevator is an innovatively designed elevator that literally travels through the floor without an enclosure around it. This style elevator is less expensive than a standard home elevator because it has many more standard features and does not require the construction of a hoistway. It provides homes with more usable space and matches the décor of your floor when it is fully down, and ceiling when it is fully up. The two brands that we offer for the through the floor elevators are Wessex and Savaria.

          Savaria Telecab                                                               Wessex Through the Floor Elevator

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Traditional Home Elevator Cost Factors:

Traditional Home Elevators are enclosed in a hoistway and when not in use look like a closet from the outside. The brands that we offer for the traditional elevator models are Waupaca and Savaria. Both manufacturers have a number of styles and design options available, which allow you to pick a design that blends in with the decor of your home. Below are factors to think about when considering a traditional home elevator:

Type of Drive System:

The drive systems that are used for the home elevators we offer are hydraulic, winding drum, geared counterweight, and gearless counterweight. The type of drive system that is utilized typically does not have a material effect on price.

The Number of Stops and Travel Distance:

The elevators that we install in homes in Chicago, northeast Illinois, southeast Wisconsin and northwest Indiana serve 2 – 6 levels. The cost increases with each additional stop and travel distance.  Up to 50 feet of travel is allowed by code.

Car and Landing Configuration:

An elevator car can be designed with one door, opposite doors, or adjacent doors. However, it is the most cost-effective for each level to load on the same side of the car if possible. 

Type of Gate and Doors:

To The Top offers a variety of car gate and landing door options. This includes accordion car gates with decorative solid panels or all-metal panels.

Also available are sliding commercial elevator-style car and landing doors.

Automated Options: the car and landing doors can be provided as fully automatic. This upgrade provides easy access for power chair users and wheelchair users.

Elevator Cab: Type of Finish:

There are a number of finish options available for the inside of the elevator cab, including melamine, wood or glass, and very décor complimentary millwork and raised panel options.

Please call us now @ 847-215-9490 to get an accurate cost estimate on an elevator for your home.

We will be more than happy to help you get the most accurate price for the model and design that you are interested in. We can come to your home to provide a free assessment consultation or work with your architect’s plans.

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Our new elevator is up and running! It was helpful to ride the showroom elevator first so that we understood what a home elevator was. You were great to work with and we are thrilled.

EHLS saved my business. There are no words for how amazing Steve, Becky, and Alex were during the ordering, installation, and inspection phase of the installation of our vertical platform lift. Very well planned and executed. I’m really grateful everything they did. We were completely scr?w*d over by another elevator company, and EHLS saved the day on time, on budget, with a smile. Thank you from everyone at Smiling Patient Dental Care!!!

To The Top Home Elevators was extremely knowledgeable about all aspects of residential elevators. It was our first time integrating an elevator into an existing home. They coordinated with our architect and supported our general contractor throughout the building process. Our clients were so thrilled with their elevator that we plan to incorporate elevators into more of our home designs.

From our first phone call to the office, To The Top was with us on every step! They worked with our architect and contractor throughout the planning phase and gave us design options to make the elevator blended in with our home’s décor.

My whole experience with your company was trusting and a pleasure.