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  1. Plainwacky

    Need help explaining "floor below" and foundation

    I agree. In regards to the stem wall in the garage....leave it to Google! Funny that the person asked the same question and another person said they had the same question. Makes perfect sense. The stem wall usually is used to keep water [washing/cleaning] from going under the walls bottom plate. You can have your conc. contractor form this with the slab pour if you choose. I personally like the stem wall. Some areas form on slab and some on stems depending on soil and freezing conditions.
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    Need help explaining "floor below" and foundation

    Thanks Bill! I have done the same thing...searched online to get info, but I'm not sure I trust some of the things I read; I figured the people here would know. I belong to a specific classic car forum and you can ask anything you want, and those guys have been so helpful. A few of them are old timers that actually built the cars in the 50's and it's interesting to hear what they did. I think I asked 1,000 questions...and because of the help I got, I have about 10 trophies and have only been showing the car in the past 2 years. Nothing like getting info from people that actually know their stuff! I just assumed it was the same here, were you can ask away, but I get it.
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    Need help explaining "floor below" and foundation

    Thanks...Sorry, as I said, I'm new to this...didn't know this forum was for software type apologies.
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    Need help explaining "floor below" and foundation

    When it comes to the garage foundation,does it even have a perimeter foundation (stem wall) like the house, or do they use the garage floor as the base to construct the walls?
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    Need help explaining "floor below" and foundation

    Thanks!! We don't get snow here...but I will check the code.
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    Need help explaining "floor below" and foundation

    While playing with the foundation, is the stem wall supposed to be exposed like this? I believe the stem wall is supposed to be expose somewhat so that termites can be seen and makes it just more difficult for them to get to the wood. If this is true, how much of the stem wall should be exposed? I don't know what is going to be required in my case (crawl space or slab)….so, I'm assuming if it is a crawl space, that would have to be dug out if you wanted a 3ft crawl space and not have the whole house 3ft above the ground. When they put in a slab, is the cement poured on top of the ground or do they dig the dirt out for that also?
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    Need help explaining "floor below" and foundation

    WOW!!! Thank you for making that video for me! Not very many people would go out of their way like this. I didn't realize that was made specially for me, until I heard you say; "you said you want 36" crawl space"...then I looked at the date of the video. That really explained things to me; This "floor below" really was confusing to me when there is no floor below. I also found it confusing when changing parameters and other things change, but I'm sure it's done to reflect your changes...I'll have to play with it. A little off the topic...You mentioned that you typically use/build slab floors, what are the advantage/disadvantages between a crawl and slab? My property is at the base of surrounding hillsides and there can be times when the ground is really wet from drainage from the hillsides. My concern is if I build a crawl space, it might grow mushrooms...or mold. My concern in building a slab, is pipes breaking and ease of access.
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    Need help explaining "floor below" and foundation

    I'm not a builder but I am an engineer (electronics) and I have some building experience (put on an addition myself, built my own pool, redid bathrooms, kitchen), but I'm certainly no contractor. My idea of plans is some scribbling on paper so this program is just freaking amazing to me. I agree with your assessment in that it's a great way to communicate your ideas to a it allows a person to easily look at different ideas. I'm not only having to learn the program, but also about building/construction..which I really enjoy both. It's just frustrating when I don't know the program and a lot about construction.
  9. Hello - I'm pretty new to this forum. I'm really confused it comes to the concept of "floor below" when there is no floor below and it's just a crawl space. I understand the "floor below" when you are on the second floor...but not when your on the first floor (Floor 1) when there is a crawl space. When it comes to a crawl space, I understand you can set the "stem wall" to be the height of the crawl space...but you can also set the "stem wall" on an individual floor...that's confusing to me. Isn't the stem wall just the foundation wall?? And this even gets more confusing when you are dealing with the "garage options" under foundation and what they should be set at. This is what I'd like to do...have a 3-ft crawl space, and then start on the 1st floor. I already have my whole first floor drawn out, but afterwards I noticed that the "floor below" was set to -46" that got set to that, I haven't a clue. And why is the "floor below -12 5/8" when I click on the "Floor 1" default settings, when there is a crawl space? I set the stem wall on foundation to 36-inches, but then I see under "Absolute Elevations" -> "Floor Below", that is set to -12 5/8"...what is the -12 5/8"?? If someone can explain this to me, it would be greatly appreciated. I watched some videos...and I couldn't find one that explains all this. I have enclosed the default settings that are currently set...which are not correct.
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    Need help with importing elevation data

    Hi... I have Home Designer Pro 2019 and I have been laying out a house I'd like to build. I'm not a pro and certainly not an architect, but I'm moving right along. Now that I have the house pretty much laid out, I'd like to place the house on the terrain using the elevation data I have and get a visual as to where the house should sit on the property. I have the elevation data files in DXF and DWG format and was told that I needed to "expand the blocks", which I haven't a clue what this means. Can someone help guide me on how to do this? I have included the files for help. Thanks! Elevation Civil-base-050319.dwg Elevation Data ACAD-Civil-base-050319.dxf
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    Need help with DWG and DFX elevation data

    I would like to display the elevation of my terrain so I can see how my home design would "fit" and also allow me to do some landscaping. I have both the DWG and DFX files. My understanding is that Home Designer doesn't allow DWG Files to be imported, so the Civil Engineering sent me the information in DWG format. However when I went to import I was told my tech support that I needed the blocks expanded. I haven't a clue what that means and I'm over my head. Any help would be greatly appreciated.