The Doors had it just about right in their 60’s song of the times.
It was not just the drugs and rock and roll—then again, maybe that was part of it. Even in construction we saw things done that could only be described as “strange.” Interior and exterior designs of buildings became popular that might be best described as the result of a bad acid trip.
A huge emphasis on flat roofs, minimal overhangs excessive glass were just a few of the features that were common in those days.
A serious lapse of common sense (or loss of brain cells) could be seen everywhere. It was as if some building practice had been done another way before, it was by definition “wrong,” so all manner of former good building practices went out the window—all the while embracing worthwhile innovations that perhaps could have been arrived at no other way.
Regardless this post is about one of those things that got “thrown out the window”—that really should not have. Only a collective smoking of the funny stuff could have possibly allowed this oversight to become common place.
Take a look at this picture. I am sure the defect will jump out at almost everyone.
As a Seattle Home Inspector, I have to discuss the lack of a barrier at the balcony and on the stairs in the inspection report. Is this a “repair” or an “upgrade?”
I know how I handled it—but what would you say?
Repair or Upgrade?
By Charles Buell, Real Estate Inspections in Seattle
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