Building works and future proofing your home – by Oyster Mayfair Ltd

When planning a new build, extension or refurbishing an existing property this is probably the ideal time for most people to consider their future housing needs.

Not everyone likes to consider their own, their partners or parents, old age or the possibility of poor health, mobility problems or even disability in later life. Even if you feel that at present you do not immediately require a lift in your house why not consider keeping your options open by incorporating/ allocating space in your property building plans for where a lift could be sited if necessary at a future date.

The necessary floor space that you have reserved for a possible future lift could for example be used meanwhile, maybe for many years, as a recessed study/ home office office area which you might not need later on when you retire from work. Obviously when drawing up your plans it would be advisable to involve an architect (and maybe a lift company as well) to explore all the options including the floor plan layouts above the ground floor to where the lift would be travelling- i.e. will the lift go up into part of the landing or perhaps straight into a corner of the master bedroom and is their sufficient ceiling height/ head room for the lift on the upper floor or floors of the property. Consideration will also be needed as to how any lift will be supported, will it require a solid wall or will it be supported instead as a free standing structure? Also in the UK depending on the type and location of the lift and also the type of property involved there will be other matters that need to be considered such as building regulations including related fire safety regulations and planning permission.

So in conclusion, the idea of future proofing your home might initially seem like a bit of an effort but it could perhaps save you thousands of pounds in the future by not having to undertake building works/  property alterations later on or even save you the expense and upheaval of having to move out of your family home just because you or a member of your family can no longer safely cope with the stairs.

UPDATE TO THIS ARTICLE (APRIL/ MAY 2020) – Any possible options, including installing a lift, to help elderly people stay living in their own homes for longer, as opposed to having to move out and live elsewhere, might well become more important to many old people and their families in view of any future pandemics.

Here at Oyster Mayfair Ltd we offer free technical advice, free site visits and quotes, so just call us on 020 7183 3606 or email  your enquiries, plans or drawings to us.

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Multi-level Home Lifts for Period Town Houses

A typical regency or georgian town house might have a minimum of 4 floors/ storeys including a basement. There are many scenarios where due to the large number of stairs in such properties it might become desirable to install a lift/ elevator in order to create a safer and more convenient home for the householders. The installation of a suitable lift could be desirable for various reasons-

A lift could provide:

  • A safer and more convenient option for older persons who might be unsteady on their feet and have difficulty in negotiating stairs safely.
  • Enable wheelchair users and people with certain medical conditions or disabilities access to all the various floors in the property.
  • Help with the demands of daily modern living by transporting groceries, household goods, buggies, prams, cases of wine or boxes of heavy paperwork up or down to a study or home office.
  • Easy access for members of the household and their guests to and from various floor levels throughout the building via a passenger lift.

The type of lift (hydraulic or traction) for a particular property will depend upon various factors such as: the number of floors the lift will need to serve, the available dimensions within the building for the mechanical and operational components of the lift, the desired performance requirements for the lift such as: rate of travel (speed) and load capacity (weight limit).

Obviously, there are other matters to also consider when choosing a lift; including the actual design of the lift car including wall & ceiling finish options, lighting, lift door configuration (layout), type of lift door, keypad security access and other technical choices.

The overall cost of the lift can vary significantly depending on certain choices made regarding the actual type of lift selected and then the various design options that are chosen.

Oyster Mayfair will explain what options are available so you can make an informed decision that best suits your requirements. So, if you need help with a lift project please do not hesitate to contact us here at Oyster Mayfair Ltd for free advice or a free consultation site/ home visit. Call us on 020 7183 3606 or you can email us at:

UPDATE TO THIS ARTICLE (APRIL/ MAY 2020) – Any possible options, including the installation of a lift, to help elderly people stay living in their own homes for longer, as opposed to having to move out and live elsewhere, might well become more important to many old people and their families in view of any future pandemics.



Oyster Mayfair can supply lifts large enough to accommodate a stretcher home bed or heavy loads such as a wheelchair user in a heavy-duty powered wheelchair accompanied by their career or other passengers in the lift. A Multi-level Homelift by Oyster Mayfair can be tailor made to meet your exact requirements and certain models can travel up to 6 levels/ floors.

For an initial discussion or free feasibility study to see how a lift may fit in your home just contact Oyster Mayfair Ltd by email at: or telephone 020 7183 3606. Further information is also available on the website at:


Medium size lift                                                    Large lift

Oyster Mayfair’s larger lifts are also suitable for use in nursing homes and care homes.