To the Editor:
Bow House manufactures a reproduction
of an old bowed-roof cape.
With the present codes, our decisions
are made with design as the prime
consideration. According to your
article, "Codes Okay Wider Doors,
Longer Stairs" (Eight-Penny News,
1/92), the Building Officials and
Code Administrators are proposing
that states adopt a 7-11 rule for stairs.
This will work a hardship on us. Our
stairs barely fit under the present
codes. The change will push the
stairs about three feet beyond the
centerline of the house. This doesn't
sound like much, but everything
around the stairs will have to change.
The 7-11 rule will create an architectural
freak in what is trying to be a
New England Colonial reproduction.