Why not future-proof your homes? Even if your buyers aren't ready to think about aging in place, carving out space for a residential elevator is the smart long-term move. These layouts from designer Dan Sater provide nicely updated floor plans and classic curb appeal.

Easy Access to Both Levels

Influenced by traditional Charleston style, this narrow-lot home displays two levels of graceful porches and a contemporary open layout inside. Tucked away in back, the garage doesn't interfere with the striking curb appeal of the front and side elevations. Inside, the great room flows into the dining room, where two sets of French doors open this area to fresh breezes. A generous island anchors the kitchen, with a walk-in pantry at hand. An elevator makes it easy to get upstairs, where three bedrooms and a bonus suite host family and guests. The master suite includes a spacious bathroom with a walk-in shower and two sinks. In the master bedroom, a fireplace adds cozy ambiance and doors to the wrapping balcony invite homeowners to step outside. See more images, information, and the floor plan.

Two-Sided Fireplace in Master Suite

Photo by CJ Walker
Photo by CJ Walker

Every room inside this slim-lot home features lots of space and luxurious amenities. Start with the great room: upon entering from the two-story foyer, you're greeted with a lovely view out two sets of double doors to the rear veranda. Two islands provide serious space in the kitchen, and a separate wet bar lets guests help themselves. An elevator whisks homeowners upstairs, where they'll find three large bedrooms, including the deluxe master suite with its two-sided fireplace. A large deck connects with storage space above the garage. See more images, information, and the floor plan.

The Party's Upstairs

This award-winning plan boasts outdoor living on all three levels, with an elevator allowing for easy movement between floors. Almost every room opens outside for effortless indoor-outdoor living. An optional guest suite above the garage provides independence for a boomerang kid or visitors. For parties or simply hanging out, the club room on the third level offers a wet bar, powder bath, and large wrapping sun deck. See more images, information, and the floor plan.

From Garage to Main Level, the Easy Way

An elevator takes owners from the lower-level garage of this rugged home to the open living spaces above, making it simple to unload groceries. In back, an extensive veranda connects to both the master suite and one of the guest rooms. In the middle, the kitchen offers a spacious hangout that opens to the casual dining area and the great room. Don't miss the master suite's impressive bathroom and double walk-in closets. Additional porch space and storage complete the lower level. See more images, information, and the floor plan.