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Lift a Real Feature of New Home
Mount Maunganui, NZ
Home builders Karen and Pete Mansell, recently arrived in Mount Maunganui from Auckland, wanted to incorporate good friend and artist Megan Collier's work into their new home. They'd met Powerglide owners Allan and Fiona Fullerton at the Auckland Home Show about three years ago and were impressed with the Powerglide product.

Over drinks one evening with Allan and Fiona they came up with an idea of designing a lift car that could incorporate Megan's art to make the lift a real feature of their new two-storey home. Powerglide Elevators modified the wall structure of the lift car so that the paintings sit flush with the walls. The finished product is stunning.

"Once you're inside the lift you are fully surrounded by the art. Together, we've turned a functional product into a beautiful, unique feature of our home. I love it and I've never said that about a lift before!" says Karen. The art, which is on three panels of the lift car, is covered in liquid glass and Karen says when the lighting in the lift is on it makes the colours 'pop'.

"We chose the colours we liked blues and greens because we are by the sea and Megan created an original artwork for the lift." Their reasons for installing a lift in their new home, which was built on a site the couple had owned for some years, were twofold.

"Initially, we weren't sure how long we'd want to live in the Mount, so from a sales point of view we thought incorporating a lift would appeal to a wider market; and now that we're actually living in the house we have no intention of moving it's going to be our lifetime home, and the lift has future-proofed it for us."

Features: Unique artwork on three panels, covered in liquid glass - www.megancollierart.com
Architect: D J Design Ltd - www.djdesignltd.co.nz
New Lease of Life for Heritage Building
Dunedin, NZ
Powerglide is proud to have played a part in bringing an iconic Dunedin heritage building back to life. The dilapidated Terminus Hotel, built in the 1880s, has been redeveloped into apartments and commercial and retail space by heritage building owner Stephen MacKnight.

The building, now called Terminus Apartments, features a specially designed Powerglide Elevator for ease of access to the three floors of the 9m high building.

"The eight apartments in the building are a high end offering, and as such we wanted a lift that would complement the modern, industrial look of the building," says Stephen.

"We looked at a variety of lift options but Powerglide offered a much faster speed between floors and at a cost effective price. We're really happy with the result."

Architect: ArchiDesign - www.archidesign.co.nz
Building Contractor: Amalgamated Builders Ltd - www.abl.co.nz
Karaka Dream Home
Karaka, NZ
When Shane and Maree decided to build their dream home on a magic piece of waterfront property in Auckland's Franklin district an elevator was one of several key items in the home that was going to be a major feature.

They designed the house with a large open entry foyer which, immediately upon entering the home, presents guests with a stunning view through the house out to the water beyond. The elevator is central in the foyer so the appearance of the elevator was vitally important so as to enhance the already fantastic view rather than be in it's way.

Shane and Maree had very specific requirements for the appearance of the elevator which has glass doors and windows on the upper level. We were able to customise almost all aspects of the lifts appearance to match the colour scheme and layout of the home, and the end result is quite stunning.

Says Shane, "the team at Powerglide really listened to what our requirements were for our elevator in our new dream home. We wanted to make the elevator one of the features of our entrance foyer, family room and upstairs landing. We thought outside the square with glazed entry doors to the lift car and feature windows upstairs to capture our water views. We had very high expectations on what was going to be visible no matter which floor the elevator car was on due to all the glass. The Powerglide team came up with an amazing finish wherever you look the finished result is like buying a pedigree Bentley motor car. Everyone that has been to our new home is blown away by the elevator and can't wait to have a ride.

We are so impressed with Powerglide that we will have them design another elevator in one of our new projects an apartment complex on Papamoa Beach. We can't wait to get started."

Shane and Maree's dream home is a great example of how a Powerglide Elevator can be customised to be an amazing feature in any home and we thank them both very much for the opportunity to be part of this project with them.
Magic in Marlborough Sounds
Waikawa Bay, NZ
Here's another stunning location that Powerglide Elevators have been lucky enough to install an elevator into. This home is on the hills above Waikawa Bay (near Picton) and has a stunning view up the Marlborough Sounds.

It's a 3 level home and it's owners wanted a lift that was big enough to fit a large wheelchair and it had to be fast! They also wanted to enable their guests to take in the amazing views whilst travelling in the lift, so there really was only one option!

The construction of the lift well was carried out by Smith and Sons Blenheim. There is extensive use of glass in the construction of lift well and in spite of it being a steep and difficult site the finished result is outstanding.

The owners absolutely love the lift and use it a lot and the addition of the lift well to the house is so seamless it looks as though it was always there.

This is a great example of how achievable it is to install a Powerglide Elevator into an existing home.
Elmwood Dental Centre
Christchurch, NZ
Powerglide Elevators have just recently completed a lift install into this lovely new building in Christchurch for the Elmwood Dental Centre. Designed by our good friends at Sheppard and Rout and constructed by Cook Brothers Construction, this is a 2 storey commercial development with offices and surgery rooms upstairs.

The client was looking for an elevator that would provide reliable service without needing regular maintenance and expensive service contracts, and Powerglide met these requirements and were chosen as the supplier.

We're very proud of this nice example of a disabled access compliant Powerglide Elevator so if you're in the area, go check it out!

Sheppard and Rout Architects - www.sheprout.com
Cook Brothers Construction - www.cookbrothers.co.nz
Di Bella Casa
Queenstown, NZ
This amazing new build in Queenstown will be incorporating a Powerglide Elevator running inside a glass lift shaft that will offer spectacular views over Lake Wakatipu and the alpine ranges around Central Otago.

The lift will be travelling over 4 floors, arriving at the roof top garden level at the top and starting in the lower level of the home where a natural creek that flows through the property has been diverted to go under the house and rise up to circumnavigate the lift shaft like a moat inside the house.

The house was designed by Gary Todd Architecture and Powerglide have been working with Gary to ensure the lift equipment, which will be fully visible from outside the glass lift shaft, shows only the high quality engineering and finishes that suit the interior decor of the home.

Powerglide will be custom-building numerous components specifically for this project and this and the high quality of our NZ Made product made it the best choice for Gary and the owners of this fabulous home.
Cliff-hanger Home
Wellington, NZ
Powerglide Elevators features on cliff-hanger home, Grand Designs NZ, TV3.

The home is built on the edge of a cliff in the hills above Wellington and this site is without question the most difficult site we have ever installed an elevator.

The lift services 4 floors of this multi-level home and the garage is at the top level. The lift is housed inside a lift shaft made from glass with polished block on one wall. Travelling up and down in the lift you get a good tour of the house as it passes through a lounge, kitchen, lower bedroom and garage.

There are other ways the house challenges perceived conventions. "It's the rooms on the lowest level that feel like they're the highest above ground" says architect Nic Ballara. "This is because the cantilever is most obvious at this level. There are also other interesting plays in the way you experience the house. Instead of a traditional hallway creating a spine, we have a vertical corridor, in the form of the glass lift at the rear."

Here is an article on the cliff-hanger home in Wellington that was featured in Grand Designs on TV3 that has a Powerglide Elevator...

Watch the CAD drawing of Nic and Callie's house...
Great Glass Elevator
Half Moon Bay, Auckland, NZ
Powerglide first met Steve and Pauline, the owners of a fantastically positioned site directly above Half Moon Bay Marina at the 2013 Auckland Home Show. After seeing and taking a ride in a Powerglide Elevator they were convinced it was the best solution for their ambitious 4 level home. The elevator shaft is constructed in glass with a block wall on one side. The top level brings the lift passengers out onto the rooftop balcony with stunning views over the Hauraki Gulf.

With the shaft being glass all parts of the lift machinery would be visible so Powerglide customised the paintwork on all lift components to match the colour of the joinery used throughout the house. We then co-ordinated with Auckland company Illuminati Glass to create an LED backlight glass wall with a poem etched into the wall. Jarred and Scott of Biggs Construction, who built this stunning home, delivered an amazing glass lift shaft with stainless steel fixtures running up between rock walls and stairs. The effect of this elevator is simply stunning and we congratulate Steve and Pauline on their vision and the effort they put in to this grand home!
On Broadway
Newmarket, Auckland, NZ
The owners of a prime Broadway, Newmarket commercial address were constructing a modern facility that would provide their tenants with an open plan office space with many modern features. They chose a Powerglide Elevator as a cost effective solution for disabled access in their building. Powerglide Elevators were able to custom-manufacture a lift that met all the disabled access requirements of the New Zealand Building Code.

Servicing two floors the elevator comes with a sharp "lite aluminium" melamine interior and the floor was tiled to suit the lobby. LED lighting lights up the car interior and the effect of a contrasting dark timber on naked blockwork gives this elevator a modern look whilst blending into the building in a completely unobtrusive way.