As inspectors we get to see some of the worst looking and some of the best looking homes in Dayton. This home had been completely remodeled and most likely all without permits.
The giveaway, the railing would not pass code. The spacing would allow a child to climb through.
If you are getting work done you should tell your builder that you want inspections, it for your benefit, its to make sure the work is done in a manner that is safe. A child could badly injured going through this railing and falling down the stairs.