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Have you ever seen building construction/designs, that while within building code, would make living their dangerous .. not just for aging in place, but for anyone with a temporary mobility problem?
Any ideas how to change the codes?
My guess is that circular staircases take up less room & appear more "open". So this was part of a renovation that removed a lot of interior walls, to make the rooms more spacious. If I put an offer in on that house, I would tell the homeowners that it takes into consideration the cost of replacing the circular stairs with conventional ones.
Many years ago in college, I was taught that "form follows function", but not it seems like "appearance" matters more to Americans, than practicality.
I've also seen lofts & master suites with artistic circular staircases, but they were either access to infrequently used space, or there was another conventional staircase to get there from a different part of the house.