|Source - Yes, would LOVE this staircase.|
You can see the dream isn't quite the reality and if you are brave enough to crack open the International Building Code to look for some clarity on some of these bizarre code requirements - good luck. It is pretty much written in Na'vi (that language from Avatar) and if you are REALLY brave and start to look at the Electrical Code or god forbid, the Plumbing Code, your head will just spin off and fly across the room. You wonder who writes this gobbledygook because it isn't decipherable to the average human.
|Source - always a way around|
I do get frustrated at these glorious pictures of beautiful homes in magazines and online only to realize they must be built in southern Zimbabwe because there is no developed or half-developed country that would allow half these blatant code violations to fly. And then you see homes in our area that have so many dangerous issues but have been grandfathered in and are just a heartbeat from a 911 call. But we are required to jump through more hoops, spend more money and lock down more stuff, add more precautions and I am sure the ones that come after us in years to come will have to do even more to make sure they, their neighbors and visitors don't EVER get hurt hurling themselves through a 4.01" gap in the stair railing.
|Source - as long as you aren't a sleep walker|
Yeh, not be Debbie Downer here, but keep dreaming, this bedroom ain't never passing code. Of course many of the code requirements do in fact exist to save lives and have made our houses so much safer over the years.
And yet there are still building approaches out there that won't stand the test of time as seen in Charlotte, NC the other month. If you are condo shopping in the southern NC area, steer clear of this builder.
|Source - just not acceptable|
As we get close to our Certificate of Occupancy - I have to laugh that our county is concerned with how shy we are - requiring bathroom doors before signing off. Go figure.