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Is the Commonwealth of Mass Over-regulated?

More than on occasion we stumble across a home elevator, dumbwaiter or wheelchair lift that was installed illegally in Massachusetts. Unbeknownst to the average Massachusetts homeowner or general contractor, all elevators, dumbwaiters and wheelchair lifts installed in private residences fall under the Mass 524 CMR Board of Elevator Regulations. Residential units must be installed by a Massachusetts licensed elevator mechanic and inspected by the state. […]

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Pneumatic Home Elevators In Massachusetts

Pneumatic Home Elevators are not currently allowed in Massachusetts.  The Commonwealth of Massachusetts is one of the only remaining States in the Nation that has not approved this elevator.  The manufacturer, Pneumatic Vacuum Elevators, LLC (located in Florida), has approached the Massachusetts Elevator Safety Board a number of times, most recently earlier in 2015, and the Board of Elevator’s stance is that they are operating on […]

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The Importance of Universal Design for Aging In Place

I was humbly honored to participate on a panel of industry experts in Universal Design at the NARI membership dinner back in May, 2015.  Josh Safdie, Assoc. AIA, of Kessler, McGuinness & Assoc., kicked off the event with an intro to Universal Design concepts and stressed the important need to create functional living spaces to “age in place” as the global population is aging at a rate of 30,000 people per day turning 65 years old. […]

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“Dumbwaiters on the Rise in New Homes and Renovations”

I read a recent, online article in the New York Times, “Dumbwaiters on the rise in New Homes and Renovations,” by Leigh Kamping-Carder and agree that nostalgia is making a comeback to some extent. A well manufactured dumbwaiter installed properly by a licensed elevator mechanic or factory certified technician will provide an economically feasible and safe way to move groceries, holiday decorations, recyclables, laundry and […]

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“The rich are different. They have home elevators.”

“The rich are different. They have home elevators.”

In a recent Boston Globe article, “The rich are different. They have home elevators,” writer Beth Teitell explains how home elevators have become more popular in recent years. This is true, however, they have also become more affordable over the years, similar to the home computer. A two-stop home elevator, serving two floors of a home, can start at under $30,000 (not including the modifications to […]

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