Although King Henry VIII is said to have had the world’s first chair lift, at his palace in Whitehall, and even though domestic lifts have indeed, until recently, been the preserve of the rich, things are changing fast.
Until a very few years ago, few self-builders would even have considered installing a lift. But lifestyles are on the move and the costs of lifts have fallen, making both them and stair lifts not only attractive but – more to the point – affordable too.
The fact is that lifestyles are not what they were thirty years ago. Single occupancy is on the rise and inter-generational homes increasingly popular.