Did you know you're an expert at measuring?

Home Builder with Winslow Homes

Did you know that you are an expert at measuring?  No really, you are!  I guarantee it.  Now before you dismiss me as a snake oil seller, here me out.

When you walk up steps, have you unexpectedly tripped on a step?  Or have you been to an old stadium, and there's that ONE step that almost everyone trips on?

Do you know why?  Because you're an expert at measuring!  At least in how high you have to lift your feet on steps.

When you go up a set up steps, your brain gets feedback from your legs, and it knows how high to lift your leg for the next step.  Your brain automatically assumes that the height of the first step is the height of the next step. And the next one.  That's why when a step is too far out of standard, people trip!Tripping












Code is written (at least around these parts) to keep all steps within 3/8" height of each other on the same set of steps because of this human nature. Castles used to make steps uneven as a defense mechanism, to create a disadvantage for anyone not familiar with their uneven heights.

We recently did some work at a house, where the front steps could be considered a defense mechanism.  No thief is going to rush up these steps without tripping!

The bottom step was 8 inches high.Bottom step







The middle steps were somewhere around 7 inches.  I say "around" because it was anywhere from just under 7 inches, to over 7-1/2 inches!Middle steps








If none of those steps didn't get you, don't worry, the top one would!  It was a whopping 8-1/2 inches high!  Right after a set of "around" 7 inch steps! 

WHAT?  How is this step 1-1/2" higher than the rest?!



Can you say "Face plant"?  Very good.  I knew you could.

Dick Greenberg
New Paradigm Partners LLC - Fort Collins, CO
Northern Colorado Residential Real Estate

Hi Jeremy - It's good to see you back, hope you stick around for a while. And for me, you're right about the height thing, but I've never figured out how big my feet are - and I have a bunch of broken toes to prove it.

Nov 29, 2016 01:25 PM
Jeremy Wrenn
Winslow Homes - Youngsville, NC
VP of Finance, Winslow Homes

Hey, Dick!  Good to see you again as well.

Sorry about the toes, but thanks for proving my point, in advance!

Nov 29, 2016 01:42 PM
William Feela
Realtor, Whispering Pines Realty 651-674-5999 No.

Our old farm house had several steps like that.    Many face plants on them.

Nov 29, 2016 02:24 PM
Jeremy Wrenn
Winslow Homes - Youngsville, NC
VP of Finance, Winslow Homes

William, I bet!

The top step got our guy and he went to his knees at this place, and thus began my discourse on the situation.

Nov 29, 2016 02:47 PM
Donald Hester
NCW Home Inspections, LLC - Wenatchee, WA
NCW Home Inspections, LLC

Jeremy Wrenn Stairs are something many do not think about till.... the fall.

Dec 20, 2016 07:30 AM
Jeremy Wrenn
Winslow Homes - Youngsville, NC
VP of Finance, Winslow Homes

Donald, that's true!  Our guy tripped going up at this house, and thus the blog post.  He didn't know why he tripped, so I explained it to him and got the tape measure out.

Dec 21, 2016 05:41 AM
Tracy Santrock
Santrock Realty Group Inc. , - Cary, NC
Raleigh - Cary Broker

Great stuff.   It's refreshing to see an "industry observer" here at Activerain.

Jun 12, 2017 04:32 PM
Jeremy Wrenn
Winslow Homes - Youngsville, NC
VP of Finance, Winslow Homes

Thanks, Tracy!


I used to be a "contractor" on here, but they got rid of my category.  It was kinda sad, as now I feel like an outsider here!  Although my time to devote to blogging has greatly diminished as well.


Thanks for stopping by and commenting!

Jun 13, 2017 09:41 AM