A sofa does not a guardrail make!
While that might come as a shock to some, it should not.
This homeowner decided to replace the flooring in the house with new hardwood flooring.
While it was a very nice job, the pesky guardrail was removed and not replaced!
Instead, and why not, a sofa was purchased to fill the void.
As lovely as the new furniture was, a sofa does not replace a guardrail.
No really. I looked and a guardrail is still required by the code.
The word sofa appears no where that I could find.
But if a guardrail is installed, won't the new sofa stick out further into the room? Won't that make it harder to get from the front door into the house?
Yes, yes it will.
My recommendation: people come up with interesting ideas of how to do this or that. While it might seem okay at the time, some ideas just do not make the cut. If you want a sofa to be your new guardrail, that is fine. But don't try to sell that idea to someone else. A mean home inspector may just come along and shoot it down.
Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC
Based in Bristow, serving all of Northern Virginia.
Office (703) 330-6388 Cell (703) 585-7560