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Old 08-25-2007, 09:18 PM   #11
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Good point, Andy. I can see that happening. As a matter of fact I'm seeing that happening right now a block or two away from my house. Never thought of that.
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Old 08-25-2007, 09:35 PM   #12
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Ive seen doors on the second floor that opened to nothing they had them in Europe and Colorado in snow country so if they had so much snow it buried the house the only way to get outside was from the second floor therefore a door on the top floor.Not much a worry these days
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Old 08-26-2007, 12:24 AM   #13
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It sounds like UB and Andy have hit it on the head in that maybe there were second story patios in the past? But also, I know that fire codes require multiple exits based on the square footage of your home and the layout. A minimum of exits is required, and windows count as exits (and so do doors obviously). Often you see those windows (often called gables) on the roof that are part of an attic room, and those arenít there for decoration, but are often required by fire code (at least one) as an escape route should the house catch on fire. Perhaps those extra doors led to balconies or stairs in the past and were put there to meet the fire code?
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Old 08-26-2007, 07:35 AM   #14
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I assume a 2nd story porch/balcony. Or maybe they were hoping to be able to build one in the future. I live in a small town that has something like 90% old buildings (my home was built in 1854), and usually it was two story porches. I just spent a small fortune putting the original porch back on our house. But if you'd come to visit five years ago you'd see two houses with second story doors. We have a strict zoning board, when you do anything to the front of the house it has to go through them and the historical advisory. In both cases they put two-storey porches on, so there will be no more doors to nowhere. In Europe I've seen doors that have a step and railing (not an entire balcony, just that you can open the door and step outside, literally only maybe a foot, if that) and have a window box of flowers. But in my town, it usually means there was once a two-storey porch.
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Old 08-26-2007, 10:36 AM   #15
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Constance you think it is still around? Sounds wonderful. The memories you must have about it. You are lucky. I would like to have one like that today.
Yes, it is. My parents sold it when they got older, and moved in to a smaller house where they had less up-keep, and it fell into a state of disrepair, which broke my heart. But it was very well-built, and has cypress siding which will never rot. An antique dealer finally bought it, and has cleaned it up nicely.

I still have dreams about that house. I got my first kiss there, sitting in the window seat with my boyfriend.
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Old 08-29-2007, 02:07 PM   #16
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Thanks everyone for your input. Since I last posted I've noted another home here in town with the same thing. I bet there was a balcony and it was removed during remodeling.
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Is it possible that the balcony/porch etc. has been removed during a remodel? A second/third story 'outside door' that leads to no where would be very strange.
We call that remuddling
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Old 08-29-2007, 05:21 PM   #18
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Now ya got it!!!
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Old 08-29-2007, 08:12 PM   #19
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That could be a little dangerous for someone who walked in his sleep.

Another thought...perhaps it's a door to another dimension.
I have a friend whose brother remodeled an old house that used to have a two story porch that was later removed. Friends and family helped in the interior remodeling, but the exterior work, including the porch, was contracted out and scheduled for after the interior. Well, when the interior was finished, the brother threw a big party with much merriment and everyone wound up very well lubricated. My friend made a wrong turn out of the upstairs bathroom, opened the door, and stepped out into a 12 foot drop. This was 25 years ago, and he hasn't had another drink since!
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Old 08-29-2007, 08:37 PM   #20
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I love that story, bullseye! It makes me want to rip off my upper deck!
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