Whether you’re building homes for empty-nesters, multigenerational families, or anyone who doesn’t want to navigate a lot of stairs, homes that can accommodate an elevator will appeal to more buyers. For even more flexibility, consider that an elevator shaft can be finished as closet space for now, and the elevator offered as an option or benefit for now or the future.

Grandkids Welcome

This surprisingly spacious narrow-lot design is accented with stone, cedar shakes, and carriage-style garage doors. Just beyond the entry is a dining room with a dramatic 18’ vaulted ceiling, which continues to the hearth-warmed family room. Pleasant breezes await on the large screened porch. The highly functional kitchen offers double snack bars, a pantry, and an adjacent breakfast nook. Tucked away peacefully in the back corner of this main level is the spacious master suite. With its bow window, tray ceiling, sitting area, luxurious bath, and capacious closet, this suite is truly an owner’s retreat. An elevator makes it easy to go to the second level, where two bedroom suites each feature a walk-in closet and private bath. View more images, information, and the floor plan.

Family Estate

The rich history and classic appeal of the Dutch style is apparent in this five-bedroom design from Visbeen Associates, beginning with the eye-catching gambrel roof. Main-floor features include a two-sided fireplace between the living room and den, and a convenient guest suite off the entryway. Upstairs, buyers can bathe in light in the master suite's bumped-out bathroom, which connects via a dressing room to the large, segmented walk-in closet. Three additional bedroom suites (one a bunk room, two with private balconies) reside up here, all with access to the central sitting room. If finished, the lower level offers a variety of options for relaxing, including a wet bar and billiards room. An optional elevator helps everyone get around. View more images, information, and the floor plan.

Guest Room with a View

Towering above the surrounding landscape, this magnificent home offers three levels of lavish living, all easily accessed from an elevator. The main level houses a formal dining room, a great room with built-in entertainment center, a roomy kitchen with an island, and a breakfast nook. On the second level reside two family bedrooms and the master suite, complete with a bumped-out sitting room and spa-like bath. The third level hosts a long club room with a wet bar and observation deck, perfect for parties or even a wedding reception. View more images, information, and the floor plan.

Luxurious Lower Level

Here’s another great move-up home for a large family, particularly one with a bounce-back kid or live-in relative who will enjoy the privacy of the fantastic lower level, which boasts a bar, recreation room, and wide terrace. The main level houses the open gathering rooms, as well as the luxurious master suite. On the second level, two bedroom suites and a loft are accessed by the elevator and staircase. View more images, information, and the floor plan.