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The definitive "How many apartments per floor?" Thread


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Multiple mailboxes for a two bedroom apartment? Not very likely imo. Unless that's a California thing. It's definitely not standard in the middle section of the US. In fact I've never seen it occur.

The thread is fun and speculation entertaining, but I'm of the opinion that the producers take complete liberty with set design, wall placement, etc. We can't hold them to normal architectural standards or expect them to comply with such matters as though the set was an actual apartment building.

Changing mailboxes from time to time is a good clue here...

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I agree with the above, I think probably the 2 beds get 2 mail boxes and the 1 beds get 1. My guess there is 8 apartments total.

So if MissNobody and I share apartment 3B...

Any mail reading Shröedinger 3B I get in my mailbox and any mail stating MissNobody 3B she gets... What about mail that says "resident"? Or advertising flyers, grocery store ads, coupon packets, general advertising. Who gets it?

I say nope... One mailbox per apartment, and visually, 16 mailboxes in the lobby merely looks good on camera. Indicative of a normal sized building. Not to big, not too small.

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I'm pretty sure the producers mentioned ages ago that the number of mail boxes shown in the lobby has no relevance (number wise) to the actual number of apartments in the building. It is purely cosmetic.

But, as mentioned, speculation is great fun, especially with regards to this topic.

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This is what happens a lot when they shoot a traditional sit com. The fact they basically have to shoot from one direction all the time makes most house/apartment/restaurant designs fairly unlikely in real life.

Shows like The Office, Parks & Rec, Community don't have as many continuity errors with buildings because they shoot in real buildings or 'sound stages' built all around so the cameras move anywhere they need to.

It would be nice if shows like Big Bang could be a traditional sit com and still have less continuity errors but Big Bang Theory is far off from doing that. They just go for jokes at the expense of character continuity as well.

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@HeWolf: ah ha, so it is a US building standard to classify the ground floor as floor #1 ? Here in Australia we usually go ground/1st/2nd etc although the hospital I work for has recently started labelling their ground floors as the 1st floor in our newer buildings.

Actually, it's totally arbitrary here in the US. Sometimes though G might mean "garden" level. Useful when a building has street access from two different levels.

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