No matter how steep or gentle the slope, there are plenty of good reasons to install an elevated lift.
“It’s not only for properties on steep hills,” says Alvin Allen, owner of Cottage Lifts. “We have a number of clients who have shorter runs or smaller inclines. In each case, the lift allows for full cottage enjoyment.”
For some, a lift is about allowing people of all mobility levels to access the waterfront; for others, it’s about making it easier to move everything from furniture to refreshments.
Whatever the reason, lifts have proved invaluable on all kinds of sloped areas. Whether electric or gas-powered, Cottage Lifts products can carry as much as 1,000 pounds per trip.
Having a lift also allows for great views of the lake or landscape from different vantage points, as well as being a sound investment.
“It will also add to your property value,” says Alvin. “A lift is a strong selling point for families with elderly loved ones, or retirees looking to make their final move.”
With over 25 years in the business, Alvin and his team design and build quality lifts which are specifically crafted to suit the owner and the property.
Their team has installed lifts throughout Muskoka, Simcoe, Kawartha and Georgian Bay. Cottage Lifts products have even made it to the Smoky Mountains of Georgia and the Finger Lakes of New York.
Their lifts are designed and installed with as little disturbance to the existing geography as feasible. Whether it’s elevating the lift five or more feet in the air to account for a rocky incline, or finding the path of least resistance through trees and shrubs, the Cottage Lifts team tries to the keep the natural beauty in place.
“We build lifts that are able to handle and accent the natural landscapes and environments in a variety of locations,” says Alvin. “Our clients purchased their homes and cottages because of the nature, so we respect that and make the effort to protect it as much as possible.”
Cottage Lifts stands by their work with a 10-year warranty on all weldments and installation; they also provide emergency service as needed.
They also offer a do-it-yourself lift package. The mechanical and electrical are prepared in advance, with the property owner responsible for track assembly. An electrician will be needed to connect the lift’s electric motor and brakes to the home or cottage electrical system.
Whether choosing to have the Cottage Lifts team do a full installation or going the DIY route, a lift will enhance your property in many ways.
“The lifts are both fun and functional, helping increase our clients’ enjoyment of their properties.”
TEXT CHRIS OCCHIUZZI | PHOTOS ANDREW FEARMAN