March-April 2010 | HOME VALUES: GOING UP!

HOME VALUES: GOING UP!
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HOME VALUES: GOING UP!

With features and finishes for every lifestyle, Delaware Elevator rises above the competition

Written By: | Photographer: Stephen Cherry

From kitchens to bathrooms, patios to porches and dens to decks, an array of improvements can increase the value of a home. But think outside the box for a moment. Have you ever considered giving your spirits, as well as the value of your home, a serious lift by installing your own personal elevator? It’s not as far-fetched as you may think.
 
Delaware Elevator is a family-owned business with more than a half-century and three generations of experience under their belts. They are roundly regarded as the industry’s foremost authority in the region, and with a client roster that includes the Smithsonian Institution, the National Air and Space Museum, the American Indian Museum, the U.S. Naval Academy, Peninsula Regional Medical Center, Dover Air Force Base and a host of official State of Maryland buildings, one can easily understand why. But when you really plumb the depths for exactly why they have been so successful for so long, the
answer emerges as a rather elemental equation: Training + Partnerships = Excellence.
 
“All of our service personnel are either licensed, certified elevator technicians, are currently enrolled in the four-year, 8,000-hour formal training program or are preparing to enter that program,” said Peter Meeks, president and third-generation proprietor of Delaware Elevator. “So, when you put that all together, it means we are better trained and more experienced than any competitor in the region.”
 
“The other thing we prioritize is that we will only work with builders and other contractors who enjoy the same reputation for excellence in their field as we do in ours,” offered P.J. Laviola, Delaware Elevator’s Residental General Manager.
 
“For example, we recently completed a collaboration with Miken Builders on a three-level beach house in the Bethany area, and the final result was really a tour de force of professional teamwork and craftsmanship. We’ve been working with Miken for over 10 years now, and I’m really looking forward to the next 10.”
 
Meanwhile, the crew at Delaware Elevator says they’re ready to take on any home-improvement project. Residential elevator cabs range from 12 sq. ft. (750 lb. capacity) to 15 sq. ft. (950 lb. capacity) and are highly customizable.
 
“As long as the requisite safety codes are met,” said Laviola, “we can basically build an elevator to order. Whether it’s oak, birch, maple, cherry or mahogany, we can make the elevator from any wood you choose. Pick your railings, pick your features, how many doors it will have, if you want windows or mirrors, phones, interior or exterior, we can do virtually whatever you want.”
 
Delaware Elevator also installs stair climbers and wheelchair lifts in addition to offering service contracts with optional 24/7 emergency response. Standard residential elevators
usually run between $20,000 and $25,000, much of which would be recouped upon resale.
 
 
Delaware Elevator
 410-749-3489 or 800-787-0436
www.DelawareElevator.com
 



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