This picture was taken during a home inspection conducted by my company, Magpie Property Inspections,  in the Denver Colorado Metro Area. I was performing an 11 month inspection for a client who was about to have their one year warranty expire on a new home. They wanted to have the house inspected as part of presenting their final list of repairs to the builder, and for peace of mind. In this case, the builder finished the basement but did not provide the required headroom above the stairs. They had to cut this notch in the ceiling above the stairs in order to provide for safe movement to the basement. In this home, the builder also neglected to provide a heat vent in a bathroom and cold air return venting in the basement as required.  It is always important to carefully review your new home during the first year of ownership and to make sure to have any concerns or questions reviewed before the first year expires.