Universal Design S500

Style & Design

Universal Design

Universal design is the concept of creating products and spaces that are accessible and comfortable for individuals of diverse physical ability levels. Everyone has different needs based on their abilities or limitations. This could be anything from the need for additional task lighting in a work area to help people see better, to having entrance doors with flat sills to allow people with mobility aids, such as wheelchairs, pass through doorways with ease. Living independently longer is more important to the aging or disabled population and universal design is what makes everyday living easier and more comfortable.

Kolbe offers a variety of windows and doors that are not only designed to make independent living possible, but to do it with quality, style and flexibility. Custom wood species, a multitude of exterior colors and custom divided lites are just a few of the options available to create a look all your own. Whether your project is new construction or you are adapting an existing residence for a special need, Kolbe’s windows and doors with universal design options will give you the freedom and style you are seeking.

Universal Design S504

Lever Handles

Lever handles for swinging doors are available in a variety of styles and finishes and make operating doors easier than door knobs.

Universal Design S506 S507

Larger Handles

Longer handles with larger knobs make operating casements & awnings easier. Larger levers are available for multi-point locks as well.

Universal Design S503

Sill Ramps

Aluminum sill ramp kits for sliding patio doors allow smooth transitioning between the interior and exterior of the home.

Universal Design S511


Motorized operators make opening and closing casement windows simple and effortless. This is especially helpful for bow and bay units that are set back from the wall. More automation options are available on our Automation Options page.

Universal Design fenestrator

Double Hung Handles

A crank handle hardware kit for double hungs allows the bottom sash to be operated with minimal effort.

Universal Design S501

ADA Sills

Bronze-anodized ADA sills – either with a thermal or non-thermal break – for swinging doors create a flush surface for easy access to pass through.

NOTE: Ultra & Heritage Series wood windows and doors are available with these and other universal design options. Many of these options meet standards of the Americans with Disabilities Act. Certain product limitations and modifications may apply; contact your Kolbe dealer to determine the products best suited to your needs.

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