Going up? As more and more homeowners are looking to capitalize on the beautiful coastal expanses that stretch from their vacation properties—and satisfy current FEMA requirements—“upside down” homes are becoming the new norm on Cape Cod. “Upside-down” homes flip traditional layouts, and position the main living areas on the second and third stories, making elevators a new must in home construction.
Owner Mark Capobianco of Above & Beyond Elevator, who has been in the industry for over 35 years, is seeing a demand like never before. Elevators are essential for bringing up groceries, luggage and happy-hour refreshments and they are certainly kinder to visitors or homeowners with injuries and gentler for the older generations. Plus, with the pervasive regard for architecture that allows homeowners to “age in place,” elevators play a critical role.
Above & Beyond Elevator has partnered with the industry’s leading residential elevator manufacturers—trusted brands like Inclinator—and has installed and serviced hundreds of elevator projects across Massachusetts and Rhode Island. The company prides itself on custom, “out-of-the-box” installations, ranging from small additions to multimillion-dollar beach homes.
We were surprised to hear that homeowners needn't get in at the ground level; Capobianco explains that Above & Beyond Elevator can retrofit homes with an elevator with little more than stacked closet space and a small room for the machinery.
The company also specializes in dumbwaiters, which, to us, sounds like the perfect way to transport that prosecco and plate of cheese and crackers up to the roof deck.
Main image: Elevator installation by Above & Beyond Elevator, Inc.; architecture by Peter McDonald Architect; construction: Cape Dreams Building & Design; windows, doors, framing, trim and roofing: Shepley Wood;
interiors: R.F. Interiors, Ronnie Sidman; photo by Keitaro Yoshioka