I was looking at some new houses in this new subdivision in my area. The model home we looked at looked nice, had carpeting, lighting, etc.
However, we noticed on this model (as well as a 2nd model and a move-in ready unit) that several of the steps on the staircase didn't span the full width of the staircase itself. The carpet in all 3 cases covered the "holes" but you could feel it with your finger. It wasn't just 1 step; it was probably 4-5 in the first model, maybe 4-5 steps in the 2nd model, and maybe 3 for the move-in ready unit.
The largest holes I could stick maybe up to the 1st knuckle on my index finger. A young child might be able to stick 2 fingers in. Some of the smaller holes I could put my finger tip in; about half way down my finger nail. And then there were steps where it was "perfect" in my eyes (flush with the wall) and you couldn't stick anything in between, which is what I expected.
Is there a reason for doing this on a staircase or is this a case of bad workmanship? Is there any structural concerns or the way they make/support steps on a staircase, this is ok? I didn't take any photos but I can try to if needed to show what I'm seeing.