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0815 1 point ago +2 / -1

State building codes always apply no matter if enforced at the time of building or not. Some people then want to sell and it hard or next to impossible to sell a non-code compliant home to someone needing a loan. And a home cannot often not just brought up easily to code. All codes have an engineering exemption. That applies for example for concrete homes and other types of non-typical construction. The thermal requirements are prescriptive but insulation can be added on on the outside. Spend the 3-5k on an engineer is smarter than having a self-built 200k ruin. Also understand that building code is a minimum requirement and does not fit all specific circumstances and preferences. If you plan to live in your home until you no longer can't because of age, plan now to allow enough room in hallways, srairs, and bathrooms to be ADA compliant. Biggest and potentually super expensive mistake especially if you are on a fixed income when you need this. And the first address should be an architect/ engineer and not a contractor. Most people have no idea how to spot a good contractor. Just because stuff looks good doesn't mean it looks still good in 20 years. Remember: Only what is specified in writing can be demanded in court... How thick was your last car purchase contract? How thick is the contract your homebuilder brings you? The car is a tested industry product, your home is a single production custom product. Which one should have a thicker contract with specifications?