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Universal Design for the Home

Open floor plans—with fewer steps and barriers, wider doorways and passageways, and a variety of high and low level lighting—create comfortable spaces for individuals of all ages and abilities. At KraftMaid, we’ve put a purpose behind universal design—creating cabinetry solutions to address common challenges. The universally designed Passport Series is a welcoming collection of kitchen and bath cabinets specially crafted to fit the way you live.

KraftMaid: It becomes universal… It becomes you.

  • Easy-to-reach Wall Storage

    Strategically placed wall appliance garage keeps appliances at an easy-to reach height, but tucked out of sight when not in use.

  • Raised Appliances

    A raised dishwasher cabinet reduces bending and heavy lifting for individuals of all ages.

  • Barrier-free Sink-base

    A matching under-sink skirt provides maximum access, hides plumbing and matches your cabinets allowing you to create a gorgeous expression of your own individual style.

  • Accessible Workspaces

    Storing items at their point of use creates an efficient work layout where everything is close at hand.

  • Point-of-use Storage

    Using pull- and roll-outs makes it easier to access those cooking needs, cleaning products, even pet supplies without having to reach into the back of deep cabinets.

  • Raised Toe-kick

    Cabinetry raised off the floor with 9" high and 6" deep toekicks provide easy wheelchair access to cabinets and countertops.

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The Passport Series

Typically, the rooms that we spend the majority of our time in—kitchens and baths—are the ones that present the most challenges. But they don’t have to anymore. The Passport Series features kitchen and bath cabinets designed for individuals of all ages and abilities. KraftMaid understands that a barrier-free life is easier, more convenient and more enjoyable. Consider these ideas:

Kitchens

  • Remove threshold areas to allow barrier-free entry and exiting from the room.
  • Allow a five-foot radius of clear turning space throughout the room.
  • Raise dishwashers to make them easier to load and unload.
  • Install mounted ovens and microwaves at the preferred height for individuals and adjust the height of countertop surfaces to allow tasks to be performed more comfortably.
  • Smooth surfaces for countertops and cooktops make it easier to move items and clean up.
  • Bright task lighting helps with food preparation, while in-cabinet lighting banishes dark corners and makes labels easier to read.
  • Single lever faucets and pulls rather than knobs on cabinets and drawers are easier to grip.
  • Non-skid flooring provides a safe environment for young and old.

Baths

  • Remove threshold areas to allow barrier-free entry and exiting from the room.
  • Allow a five-foot radius of clear turning space throughout the room.
  • Installing grab-bars in strategic places helps navigation through a space and assists when standing or leaning to open hard-to-reach items.
  • Non-skid flooring provides a safe environment for young and old.

In kind, the Passport Series is certified for Universal Design by the Institute for In Technology Development. This cabinetry bears the “User Tested” seal, having undergone extensive testing by individuals with varying physical abilities.

KraftMaid’s Passport Series offers style and functionality. The wide variety of finishes, door styles and decorative enhancements let you showcase your personal style, while the thoughtfully-engineered cabinetry provides flexibility to create the environment that best suits your needs.

With the Passport Series, you can create an atmosphere that is beautiful, safe and easy for anyone to work in!


Working With a Designer

Working with a designer who is knowledgeable about universal design and the ADA Accessibility Guidelines is the best way to ensure that your design incorporates concepts that improve function and access for every member and guest of your household—regardless of age or ability.

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