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Tips for Installing an Incline Lift

Don't skip any steps when installing a hillside helper

By Christy Heitger
Published: May 1, 2008

One reason Vito Manone purchased his vacation home, located just north of Chicago, was the mesmerizing view. The 7,000-square foot home sits on a 95-foot high bluff overlooking Lake Michigan. Gazing out at the sparkling water was a dream.

But — getting down to it was a nightmare — and some cause for drama. It meant precariously traversing 100 steep stairs straight down to the water — a dreaded task for immediate family and impossible for grandchildren and elderly relatives.

Despite owning three acres of property, only the two acres up on top were accessible. The one acre of bluff and beach couldn’t be reached easily, nor could the beach house that sat down by the water.

Something had to be done. An incline lift seemed like the perfect solution.

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