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Michael Buss Architects, Ltd
In Illinois building codes vary by municipality. Hire an architect and contractor familiar with the code for your town and inspections won't be a problem.
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Realty Xperts

I have - hand rails to be 35 to 36 inches above stairs when complete - gentleman could not read a tape and had to put one above finished hand rail to make him happy at 38 inches - experienced contractor of 30 yrs was livid - Des Moines Iowa is not a builder friendly area, all suburbs are easier to build in.

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Know this, you cannot rely on your contractors or building inspectors to make sure the work is done correctly let alone done well. It's all on you.

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