Those of you that live in a building made before building codes , may have a serious advantage . Lets face it , building codes are designed for a contractor to do the minimum .
Masonry buildings made before building codes , usually have thicker walls , smaller windows ( the fewer the better ) , basements , and other more desirable physical characteristics that you can take advantage of . People in those days made things to last , not like today , where they just crap them out as fast as they can with a minimum of quality . Lumber homes and buildings are a disaster waiting for a time to happen , bullets will easily go through , and are very fire prone . If you have one , and can sell it , do so , or you will be screwed .