Western Elevator helps Penner family with custom stairlift.

Western Elevator Ltd. was excited and proud to help the Penner family of Langley, B.C. with a custom stairlift solution. Rob Gordon of Western Elevator worked closely with Penner family to design and install a custom black Stannah Curved Stairlift.

Please read the story below from the Langley Advance Newspaper.


Lift brings new freedoms to Langley boy’s life

The 11th annual Langley cruise on June 4 will help those living with muscular dystrophy.

New freedoms have opened up for 14-year-old Doug Penner, following the installation of a stairlift in the Langley boy’s home earlier this month.

Last year, the 10th annual Ride for Doug raised $12,000 towards a lift system, but it took almost a year and much more money to make it a reality, said Doug’s father Cam Penner.

“Doug is happily moving up and down on his own. It’s a whole set of freedoms that have been unlocked for him again,” Dad added. “He calls it the People Mover in honour of Disney World’s slowest ride.”

Doug is a Grade 9 student at Langley Christian School, who was diagnosed with Duchenne muscular dystrophy (DMD) at the age of two.

According to Muscular Dystrophy Canada, DMD is an inherited disorder. The muscles become weaker as the patient gets older.

Eleven years ago now, his father started a fundraising run, called Ride For Doug, in honour of his son and to raise money for Muscular Dystrophy Canada (MDC).

Through the first decade of this Langley-based motorcycle cruise, supporters have helped raise in excess of $150,000 for the cause.

At last year’s ride, organizers threw in an alternate option of giving to help fund Doug’s lift. They came through, and with the $12,000 raised at the ride, a grant from MDC, and some serious saving, the family was finally able to order the customized lift, which has become so imperative to Doug.

His dad elaborated.

Last year, the week before Ride For Doug, they received word that the medical study Doug was being cancelled. That summer saw his last IV infusion of a drug that his family is convinced was making a difference.

And consequently, this last year Doug has lost the strength to climb the stairs on his own.

While his family continues to battle for drugs to help Doug, the lift has been life changing.

Thanks to Ride For Doug supporters and a grant from Muscular Dystrophy Canada Doug is now able to go up and down the stairs in his own home. Thank you!” Cam said.

In addition to the fundraising aspect of this annual ride, Doug’s dad said Ride For Doug has made a massive difference in letting his family know that they are not on this journey on their own.

Now, their family has a lot on the go this year, including the graduation of Doug’s older sister Sam.

“The ride will happen – Doug would kill me if it didn’t,” Cam insisted, but noted some of his normal preparations have fallen by the wayside, including seeking sponsorships.

To find out more about this year’s ride, how to register for the ride and or the subsequent barbecue, or even how to simply donate to the cause, people can visit www.RideForDoug.com.

The ride leaves the South Langley Church, 20098 22nd Ave., at 1 p.m. on Sunday, June 4. Close to 100 riders are expected to take part.

As well, organizers of the fourth annual Ride for Doug on Vancouver Island are already gearing up for that event.

That event is set for September, and information will be available on the website.

From the Langley Advanced: Click here for the original article.

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Home elevators on the verge of becoming a commodity?

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Will the day come when every new multi-storey family home includes a home elevator? We may be closer than we think.

For centuries, primitive elevator systems have addressed the need of moving goods and people vertically within a home. Early examples were found in the palace buildings of England and France. Louis XV of France had a so-called ‘ ying chair’ built for one of his mistresses at the Chateau de Versailles in 1743.

Fast forward to 2016

Many still believe that elevators are reserved for palatial mansions for the ultra-rich, like Louis and his girlfriend(s). Those within the elevator industry are very aware that the popularity has extended to a much broader audience of late, the well-informed Baby Boomer, arguably the wealthiest generation in North America’s history. This group will continue to have a major impact on the way homes are designed, which extends to features in the design that keeps them out of retirement homes. Universal Design, a concept that’s been around since the 1970’s, is being embraced by the boomer generation.

They desire to “Age in Place” and are therefore demanding a design that allows function and aesthetics to coexist. Other contributors fueling the elevator growth trend are relative affordability and rising land values:

Relative affordability

Due to easier access to cost effective technology and competitive growth within the elevator industry, the cost to manufacture and install an elevator has remained largely the same for over 20 years. The price that homeowners pay for this luxury feature relative to the price of their home therefore has drastically decreased considering pricing of the average detached home over that period. A $25,000 elevator is very reasonable within today’s GTA real estate market.

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Rising land values

A bungalow is ideal to help achieve the aforementioned Universal Design however it’s just not practical in populated areas. An elevator allows Aging in Place to become a reality in all detached or semi-detached multi-storey homes.

With these socio-economic trends in play, some questions come to mind for those in the home construction industry:

Can an architect or designer afford not to allow for an elevator as a common feature in a spec or custom home?

Should any townhouse development that’s 3 storeys above grade come standard with elevators?

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At what relative price (2.5% of average house value) will it be where choosing between an elevator and nish of countertops are made in the same breath? Some would argue that we’re already there.

There’s never been a time where home buyers have had a broader choice of home styles, location options, ‘green’ features, design variety and convenience amenities. There’s also never been a time where buyers have had such a high level of expectation given these choices.

The elevator industry has kept pace with the trends, both functional and cosmetic – your clients will appreciate your forward-thinking approach as you offer home elevators in your future designs and builds.

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