Building Without Elevator

Why install a retrofit elevator with KONE?

Increase the value of a building

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

Small elevators improve quality of life

Adding a retrofit elevator makes it quicker and easier for people to move safely around your building, allows older residents to live at home for longer, and small lifts make access to upper floors more accessible for everyone.

Work with a trusted partner

When you partner with KONE, you can be sure that your retrofit elevator project will be hassle-free and run on time and on budget. We can install small lifts and pitless lifts to a building without an elevator. We can recommend maintenance and other services to keep your equipment running smoothly for the entire life cycle of your building.

Increase building value with KONE DX Class elevators for full replacement


Small elevators increase the value of a building, and this also means you can take advantage of the latest connected technologies products to create a user experience that delivers on every level.


Connect for smooth people flow

Replacing your old lift with a modern, connected retrofit elevator opens up a whole new world of possibilities to add smart building solutions and services that make life easier and more convenient for users. With essential connectivity built-in, you can take advantage of smart building lift services developed by KONE and our People Flow Ecosystem partners. You can also connect your related services and products. The result is a tailored experience for small lifts and pitless elevators that evolve with tenants' changing needs.

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Redefine the user experience

Enhance the lift user experience with real-time information on-the-go, an exciting, multisensory ride-experience and other smart building applications, it makes everyday convenient by improving accessibility and availability.

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Plan for success with KONE as your partner

As your experienced partner for smarter buildings, we can help you manage your property more efficiently with valuable insights into end-user behavior that can be used to continuously optimize people flow and improve the user experience.

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Partner with a sustainability leader

Partner with a sustainability leader

We help you achieve your eco-efficiency goals during every phase of your building’s life cycle, from design and construction to maintenance and modernization. Our energy-efficient solutions and services for smart eco-cities, low-carbon communities, and net-zero sustainable buildings support the ongoing transition towards a more sustainable future for urban living.  

KONE Retrofit elevator solutions

With both our solutions you benefit from the maximum possible lift car space, excellent energy efficiency, and an interior design that matches your building perfectly.

KONE MonoSpace® DX

Versatile machine room-less passenger elevator with an external shaft for low and mid-rise residential and commercial buildings. The KONE MonoSpace® DX is part of the DX Class elevator family, which redefines the elevator experience with built-in connectivity for improved user experience.

  • MAX. TRAVEL 90 m
  • MAX. LOAD 33 persons
  • MAX. SPEED 3.0 m/s

KONE ProSpace™

Versatile machine room-less passenger retrofit lift for low and mid-rise residential and commercial buildings. Small elevators like the KONE ProSpace™ are space and cost-efficient solutions for stairwell installation.

  • MAX. TRAVEL 30 m
  • MAX. LOAD 9 persons
  • MAX. SPEED 0.6 m/s

Find the right retrofit elevator

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
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

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

We’ll plan and coordinate the entire retrofit elevator installation process. Whether it's a small residential elevator, a pitless elevator or a larger retrofit elevator with an external shaft, a dedicated project manager will make sure that everything is completed on time and on budget.


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


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 among residents.


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


We take care of all the essential site preparations, the shaft and retrofit elevator installation, and the final products cleanup. After installation and before we hand over your elevator, we'll carry out a full safety and performance inspection.


Our preventive maintenance service keeps your lifts and related products running reliably for their entire lifespan. Our skilled local technicians will get the elevator and related products up and running again as quickly as possible if lift problems occur.

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


Finding the right place for small elevators

We can install small elevators in almost any building without elevators. The size and shape of your stairwell will determine whether your retrofit 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.

Choosing a design

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


Arranging finance

Many European countries provide subsidies to cover as much as 60–70% of the total cost of small residential elevator installation and related products. Typically, the residents' association takes a loan and finances the repayments through the monthly service fee. Residents then decide how they need to share the cost of installing a retrofit elevator. We are ready to give you advice and provide you with a preliminary budget. You just need to contact us for support.

What happens next?

What happens next?

Our world-class service will keep your elevator running safely and reliably. Learn more about KONE preventive maintenance care.

Get in touch

Do you have a building without elevators? You can use the form below to tell us more about what you need and how we can help you with installation. One of our team will be in touch as soon as possible.

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