We're trying to pick out railings for our house. Our stairs are going to have an open side and we want to use a modern railing system such as this one:
You can find plenty of similar images for similar systems out there. However, this seems to contradict a requirement in the code that my contractor pointed out:
The ends of the handrails must either be “returned,” or end in safety terminals.
Is the above image in conflict with that code? I see a lot of examples of this modern style of railing system, but are they all against code? Is there an exception to code for these newer types of railings that don't use a large bulky newel post at the bottom to terminate everything into?