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"Optional handrail"

I was looking at some house plans online, and one had part of the second floor open to the 1st floor. So you'd be in a loft that overlooked the living room - labeled "Open to below" on the floorplan.

And it had an optional handrail to prevent you or your kids from falling 12 feet onto your coffee table.

And I'm thinking - why the heck is that optional? Shouldn't it be ... required or something?

At least it didn't have the half-bath door open onto the dining room (a former coworker's house did this).  Because everyone wants to know when Grandma excuses herself at Christmas dinner to go "make room" for a second helping.
Permalink Send private email xampl9 
April 13th, 2018 5:59pm
They mean you have an option as to what the handrail looks like.

That is, they don't choose it for you.
Permalink Armchair freud 
April 13th, 2018 7:53pm
I looked at the floor plan. Insane.
Permalink Bob Baden 
April 13th, 2018 7:53pm
Bargin $236,400
Permalink Bob Baden 
April 13th, 2018 7:54pm
Standard is a half wall there, also on the staircase. If you pay extra you can get stuff like turned wood pillasters with a wood rail on top.
Permalink Reality Check 
April 13th, 2018 7:55pm
Hm, I watched the 3D walkthrough video. Shows an expensive handrail. So probably it's OPT meaning options, not that it's optional.
Permalink Reality Check 
April 13th, 2018 8:00pm
Yeah options makes way more sense than optional.
Permalink Bob Baden 
April 13th, 2018 8:05pm
I've spent too many nights in hotel rooms to ever want neighbors just through a wall. Or above me. Or below me.

No thank you, I'm not buying there.
Permalink Legion 
April 14th, 2018 9:42pm

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