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Installing elevators in custom homes is becoming more popular — and more affordable, too. Photo: Elevating Systems

Joe Williams is an evangelist for the “totally accessible home.”

As CEO and founder of Dallas’ Elevating Systems, Williams has spent 25 years helping clients easily get to every space in their homes and plan for the future with residential home elevators.

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Joe Williams

“I have seen a huge increase in demand, due mostly to the needs of an aging population,” he said. “In areas where ‘building up’ is prevalent, having a totally accessible home has become a necessity.”

“Building up” is happening all over the DFW area, from Park Cities townhomes, to Frisco estates. Many of those people build their dream homes with the goal of living there for years, if not decades. With age can come mobility issues, and stairs can be not only difficult, but dangerous.

Adding a home elevator adds a luxurious, stylish feature that can increase a home’s value and assure total home accessibility for years to come.

Williams didn’t start off in the elevator business—he went to a trade school, then became the sales representative for a large durable medical equipment firm in Dallas. In addition to the usual items such as walkers, wheelchairs, and motorized scooters, they specialized in accessibility products, such as stairway chair lifts.

“With the advent of ADA legislation, we expanded into wheelchair lifts for schools, churches, and businesses,” Williams said. “It was a natural progression to offering home elevators to fill our clients’ needs.”


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Joe Williams of Elevating Systems says that his clients are only limited by their imagination when it comes to installing elevators in their residences.

Let’s say you’re building your dream home. How long are you planning to live there? Five years? Ten years? Twenty? When you’re planning out every detail, right down to the cabinet hardware and grout colors, don’t overlook an important feature homebuyers often wish they had later: An elevator.

It’s true, especially considering how many townhomes are being built with three floors in the Park Cities and Preston Hollow. These courtyard and patio homes in developments such as the Courtyards at Normandy have a small footprint and significant square-footage. But how do you use that third floor when it’s such a significant hike? And what about multi-generational families?

That’s why installing elevators in custom homes is becoming more popular — and more affordable, too.