In some circles, having an elevator in your home is the pinnacle of luxury. That is mostly because they’re ridiculously expensive to install, requiring extensive infrastructure, lots of space, and specialized labor and maintenance. This is unfortunate for people with mobility issues who would greatly benefit from in-home lifts. A new type of residential elevator is making the dream of home elevator ownership a little more attainable.

The Residential Pneumatic Vacuum Elevator actually makes so much sense that it’s a wonder it hasn’t been in use for decades already. It uses the same pneumatic principle that operates the tube system at the bank drive-through. Unlike the bank tubes, however, the elevator doesn’t clumsily crash crash and clank when it reaches its destination. It is designed to stop at exactly the right spot every time, gently and without any terrifying bumps.

The vacuum elevator looks a bit delicate with its transparent polycarbonate enclosure, but it can hold an impressive 450 pounds – more than enough for the typical home. It has a tiny footprint, taking up only one square meter of floor space, and it only takes a few short hours to install. Because of its small size and simple operation, it can be installed in homes that wouldn’t accommodate a traditional elevator. Look out, celebrities – regular people will soon be joining you in the elevator-equipped population.

“Gone are the days of science fiction when people traveled in transparent bubbles. Today this is no longer a product of our imagination. There is a bubble that can carry you without cables, pulleys or pistons. It is our self-supporting vacuum elevator; a light and resistant structure built with aluminum and polycarbonate. By simple principles of physics; the difference in air pressure above and beneath the vacuum elevator cab literally transports you by air. It is the vacuum pumps or turbines that pull you up to the next Floor and the slow release of air pressure that floats you down.”

“Pneumatic Vacuum Elevators are easier to install,  maintain, and operate than traditional elevators. They are especially ideal for existing homes due to their compact design because excavating a pit, and hoist way are not required. Air pressure above and beneath the elevator cab are the key to transporting.”

“The reliability and safety of these vacuum elevators are unsurpassed due to the physics behind the design; it is virtually impossible to get stuck between floors, or freefall.”