Ah, the quintessential amusement park ride for starry eyed lovers. A slow ride in a tiny boat through a dark tunnel. What could be better for stealing a kiss or three.
In the course of inspecting houses, it would not be out of the ordinary to happen upon a tunnel. Not a train or car tunnel and surely not the tunnel of love. Perhaps you could call the tunnels I find frequently those of the unloved, made by rodents and insects. Man made tunnels however are not to be expected.
Finished basements are another frequently found feature in many houses. And way more appealing than vermin tunnels. The basement is used by the homeowner to add more living space. Sometimes a part of this space includes another bedroom.
Like any major home renovation project, permits need to be pulled, plans submitted and inspections done as work progresses to completion. Many homeowners and contractors seem to feel permits are an unnecessary part of the process, requiring time and money better not spent. Fact is the permits and the more important inspections are to ensure a minimum amount of safety is present in the construction.
While inspecting a finished basement recently, an apartment that included a kitchen and bathroom, entering the bedroom I noticed a small opening above the bed. Walking further in and scanning the room, something didn't seem quite right.
Bedrooms or sleeping quarters have very specific requirements for habitability and above all else safety of those sleeping in the room. One of these better known requirements is egress. Yet there are other it seems lesser known requirements that are tied directly to this means of escape.
A bedroom is required to have a specific amount of natural light and natural ventilation. This of course would, could only be accomplished by installing a window. A window that would have to meet the minimum egress dimensional requirements.
Getting back to the bedroom, there were two doors in the room which could unconvincingly be argued served as the two required means of egress. The opening over the bed as it turns out was a small window. Accessible through a tunnel built of plywood.
Hardly a tunnel of love.