Having an elevator installed in your new home at Timberlane in East Abbotsford’s Mountain Village can give you the ability to age in place. The Cypress model comes elevator-ready.

Personal elevators becoming an option for homeowners

Is this the new norm for downsizers on a budget?

If you’re empty nesters or looking to downsize from a large space, you may have been thinking about making a rancher your next home, to allow you to age in place.

But in Abbotsford, you’ve got another option to consider. The creation of elevator-ready homes, featuring more square footage than a typical one-level rancher, means you don’t have to compromise on living space, says Jon Kinneman, marketing and art director with developer Algra Bros.

Algra Bros. is currently building multi-level, elevator-ready homes in its Timberlane neighbourhood in East Abbotsford’s Mountain Village. The company began embracing this user-friendly concept in 2015 and built it into homes in their Aston Row development in Abbotsford and Brixton Station in Garrison Crossing in Chilliwack.

Get more living out of your new home

The one-level rancher with the popular “master bedroom on the main” design can leave you unsatisfied, Kinneman says. With a limited amount of floor space to work with, squeezing happens in the form of smaller kitchens, living room and bedrooms, compacted laundry areas and the absence of extra comforts like a walk-in closet.

An elevator-ready home like the Cypress model at Timberlane eliminates the need to settle for less.

With multiple levels, you retain an open concept kitchen/living room/dining room that allows large kitchen islands and space for good-sized dining tables, a large master bedroom and rec room on the lower level, and extras like a walk-in closet and ample-sized guest rooms. You’ll be living and entertaining comfortably, not cramped!

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Here’s some other advantages to choosing an elevator-ready home:

  • Rough-in is included With Cypress, the lift’s shaft and utilities are included, but if you opt for no elevator installation, the shaft becomes a spacious storage closet and walk-in pantry.
  • Ready when you need it Even if you’re not using it to move yourself from one floor to the other, the elevator is perfect for transporting heavy items between levels.
  • You’ve got choices Ask about the various design options for inside the elevator car, and about the price difference between full installation now or after the fact.
  • Reliable power source The elevator has a battery backup system to ensure you have a fully functional lift during a power outage. In a similar way to an electric car, that backup charges every time your elevator car descends.

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To learn more about elevator-ready homes, visit the Timberlane showhome at 35842 Canterbury Ave., call 604-798-6169 to arrange an appointment or email team@algrabros.com. You can also follow Algra Bros. on Facebook.

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