Wednesday, April 23, 2014

No Doorknobs Allowed!

Last month, a bylaw in the city of Vancouver came into effect, banning the installation of door knobs in new homes.  Say what?  When I first heard this, I thought it was so ridiculous.  Then I researched it a bit more and discovered that the extinction of the doorknob will be replaced with lever handles, a more sensible option for those with limited strength and movement.  I understand that this is ideal for people with accessibility issues but, why should anyone who is perfectly capable of turning a doorknob be forced to install lever handles?  

Apparently, doorknobs have been on their way out for a while now as some manufacturers stopped making them as they knew this trend was coming.  Other municipalities will likely follow suit, as building codes are updated.

What are your thoughts?  Do you think the banishment of doorknobs is excessive and unnecessary?  

Say goodbye to beautiful looking doorways like these.  

In my opinion, this is probably the worst ban ever!  What's next?  They'll probably be telling us what light bulbs we can and cannot use.  Oh right....they already did that!