Proximity noun - having a nearness in space, time or relationship. Synonyms - propinquity, vicinity, closeness, neighborhood.
In this new construction the codes were exactly met regarding the proximity, or nearness in relationship, of the toilet to the wall.
The center of the toilet is exactly 15" from the side wall.
There are four toilets in this house.
All were just as well done!
All four toilets shared another characteristic as regards proximity, or nearness of relationship.
Can you see what it is?
Obeying the code as they do, the edges of the toilets are 7" from the wall.
When someone is sitting on the toilet their legs range from 3" or 4" or 5" from the wall.
Given the proximity, or nearness of relationship, of the toilet paper holder, someone sitting on the toilet would have zero access to removing the toilet paper from the roll!
Why? Well, proximity, or nearness!
A smart installation would have those holder perhaps 12" further from the end of the toilet, well within reach and easy to manage.
That way the toilet paper can be accessed! Which is, um, the second goal for being there!
My recommendation: the supervisor and buyers had been in this house many times and had not noticed the proximity, or nearness of relationship, of the toilet paper holders, all of which looked just like this one! The home inspector saw it when walking into the first bathroom. Why? Because he sees stuff like this all the time! Why? Because he does inspections on new construction and for some reason some installations are common. Why? Well, that's an easy one. What is the lesson here? Hire a home inspector for your new construction, or ignore the second goal for being on the toilet. At least in this house...
Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC
Based in Bristow, serving all of Northern Virginia.
Office (703) 330-6388 Cell (703) 585-7560