Is this landing too small? Stepping outside the door safely.
On this new construction the landing outside the garage door seemed too small. At least by the code requirements.
Now this particular landing is not that unsafe. It is right on the ground!
And if I was buying the house I would not mind what I see here.
But the code is the code.
And stoops and landings should be of particular dimensions.
Sometimes the shape is not square or rectangular
Often the shape mimics the round top of an ice cream cone.
But the code has verbiage to accommodate for that.
From the doorway to the stoop the area should be at least 3' wide and stepping out of the door there should be a minimum 36" platform.
From the International Residency Code: R311.7.6 Landings and stairways.
There shall be a floor or landing at the top and bottom of each stairway. The minimum width perpendicular to the direction of travel shall be no less than the width of the flight served. Landings of shapes other than square or rectangular shall be permitted provided the depth at the walk line and the total area is not less than that of a quarter circle with a radius equal to the required landing width. Where the stairway has a straight run, the minimum depth in the direction of travel shall be not less than 36 inches (914 mm).
My recommendation: the code protects people in many ways. Sometimes it is as simple as a landing outside a door. But people can also accept what they will. This was apparently approved by the county, so who is the home inspector to invoke the code? If the buyers don't mind, the buyers don't mind.
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