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Why retrofit an elevator with KONE?

Add value to your building

Installing an elevator increases the value of your property, makes it more attractive to potential buyers and tenants, and significantly improves accessibility.

Improve quality of life

An elevator makes it quicker and easier for people to move safely around your building, allows older residents to live at home for longer, and makes access to upper floors easier for everyone.

Work with a trusted partner

With KONE you can rest assured that the retrofit project will run smoothly – on-time and on budget. Once your elevator is installed we can recommend maintenance and other services to keep your equipment running reliably for the entire building life cycle.

IT'S EASIER THAN YOU MIGHT THINK!

Installing a new elevator is in fact less hassle than many other renovation projects. We carry out thousands of retrofit elevator installations around the world every year – quickly, smoothly, and with minimum disturbance to tenants and visitors. As each case is unique, we can recommend the most suitable solution to match the building architecture and customer's need of usage.

KONE retrofit elevators

SolutionDescriptionMachine roomMax. travelMax. SpeedMax. load / persons
Max. group size
KONE MonoSpace™ DXVersatile machine room-less passenger elevator for low and mid-rise residential and commercial buildings with external shaft.No90 m or 36 floors
3.0 m/s
2,500 kg/up to 33 persons
6
KONE ProSpace™Space and cost-efficient solution for residential buildings for installation in stairwells.No30 m or 12 floors
0.6 m/s
675 kg or up to 9 persons
1

Installing a retrofit elevator – a step-by-step guide

We’ll plan and coordinate the entire installation process, and a dedicated project manager will make sure that everything is completed on time and on budget.

Decision-making

We can help you gather information about suitable solutions for your building, as well as permits and subsidies, and make a rough cost calculation.

Financing

We can discuss your options for financing the project, help to identify how much might be covered by subsidies, and recommend alternatives for sharing the costs amongst residents.

Planning

We’ll determine the installation location, create the architectural and engineering designs for the shaft, design the elevator interior, and make sure that all relevant permits have been processed.

Construction

We’ll take care of all the necessary site preparations, the shaft and elevator installation, and the final cleanup. Before we hand over your elevator, we’ll carry out a full safety and performance inspection.

Maintenance

Our preventive maintenance services keep your elevator running reliably for its entire lifespan. If problems do occur, our skilled local technicians will get the elevator up and running again as quickly as possible.

The right elevator for your building - let's make it happen!

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Finding the right place for your elevator

We can install an elevator in almost any building. The size and shape of your stairwell will determine whether the elevator will be installed inside or outside.
Installation options:

  • Inside the stairwell with the stairs on either side
  • In the middle of the staircase
  • Partly replacing the staircase, which is extended outside the building
  • In a pre-assembled shaft on an exterior wall. Because the shaft is pre-assembled then lifted into place, this can save time and money.
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Choosing a design

We can create a solution that matches the interior design and architecture of any building. You can choose a shaft material that matches both your building’s interior and the car wall and floor materials.

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Arranging finance

Many European countries provide subsidies to cover as much as 60–70% of the total cost of installing an elevator. Typically, the residents’ association takes a loan and finances the repayments through the monthly service fee. Residents then decide how to share the costs. We are ready to give you advice and provide you a preliminary budget, just contact us for support.

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