A home elevator can be a critical part of your plan to remain in your existing home as you age. The issue is that imposing a vertical open shaft through the interior of any existing home is very disruptive, both to the structure and to interior finishes.
These issues can be avoided by building the elevator outside the existing footprint of the house, as an exterior addition. As this Brookline colonial revival renovation shows, an elevator addition can be integrated into the original design gracefully. The addition is visible from the street, so the project architect was at some pains to develop a clean design that integrates this new feature seamlessly into the existing front elevation.