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Top 3 things Architects should know about car stackers

Our dear Architect friends. We know it can be frustrating choosing the right product for your design space as well as working with a company that aligns with all your values (and obviously, has the product you need). 

But we are here to help, because finding the right product is about getting two things right:

1. Knowing what will be best for your space (things like measurements, budget, maximum space) and;

2. Determining the level of care it will get (things like what’s included in its maintenance and how often is the product taken care of). 

It might seem like a lot to think about at first, but it’s actually easy when you ask the right questions. 

1. Product determines maintenance 

We’ve seen our fair share of dodgy maintenance companies around town and we want you to avoid that headache. Once you determine what kind of product you’ll be using for your space the next steps are to find out what its maintenance will look like. 

We like to think of its W.W.W: 

What is included in maintenance? - what things are actually being done to the product? For example, if you have a fully automatic system is it just mechanical and/or programme maintenance that is performed? 

Who is responsible for maintenance? - is it the company who installed the product, or will they use a third party? 

When will maintenance occur? - so.very.important. How often is detrimental to how well the product will run. 

2. Think about the end user 

Unfortunately, the actual people using the system are overlooked a lot of the time. These are the people who when they need their car the most, the system might be out of order (that last one happens more often than you might think!). 

Before you choose a car stacker, ask yourself the question: if it were me using the parking system, would I be happy with this product? Not taking into account what’s most popular, or what is typically used most of the time, have a think about how that system will look and be accessed once installed. Ask questions like - how much space does a user have to get into their vehicle? And how long do they have to wait for it? 

This paves the way for a deeper understanding of car stackers. It helps you determine the questions to ask of the supplier from an end user perspective. 

We have worked with a multitude of products from automatic parking systems to simple car lifts and our clients range from large developers to humble builders and owners corporations. But our most valued client is the person who utilises our product, day in, day out. 

3. Standard may not always be best 

Putting aside what is most popular or what is often used allows you to truly think about what your space needs. 

A lot of car stacker sales occur from an “off-the-shelf” product perspective. Instead of designing the product to suit the space, suppliers sell the same sort of product - mostly out of comfort. So the question to ask here is: 

Do I want a custom design or do I want standard? 

Let’s talk about custom design. It truly can be a work of art. It allows maximum space to be obtained from a design. Clients can actually be surprised about how much space can be achieved from a custom product vs a standard product. From our perspective, custom design is more like the gift that keeps on giving. 

What does standard design look like? It’s usually the most sold type of parking system. In Australia these are semi-automatic puzzle parking systems. But why are they most popular? 

To answer this question it’s really all about one thing - the expertise of the engineer creating shop drawings. The reality is these puzzle parking systems are pretty good, however some engineers don’t always achieve the maximum space from a design. 

For example we had a client utilise our Consulting Services for a design where they were originally quoted 41 spaces and 3 x levels underground from a competitor company. Our consultant was actually able to give the client 2 x options in the same space: 

45 spaces (with similar design as originally quoted)

 48 spaces and a different design proposed

By creating a custom design the client was able to integrate more space than what was originally thought, giving them more options for the final build. 

We’re all about creating space even where there is none, but creating more than what is anticipated is so much fun. 

We are curious to hear your thoughts and any comments you may have? Feel free to write us at