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Concrete Porch Wall Choice ???

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This is a common thing here in Florida. The porches are 4 to 6" below the main house floor.

The structure is a stem wall or monolithic foundation depending on the height of porch above grade.

Some have a roof & some do not. When the floor is high enough a railing is added but more often than not

the railing needs to be set back away from the edge of the porch.

This plan has a room divider defining the porch & a "no room" railing wall do show the raining in the correct place.

In plan view, I do not want to show multiple dashed lines for the perimeter of the porch.

Issue 1 There is a hole in the stucco by the steps.

issue 2 wall type choices for proper room definitions

issue 3 railing & column control techniques

 

issue 4 foundations should not step down, only the floor should step down.

 

My question is what wall types & techniques do you folks use to design these concrete porches?

 

I know there are a lot of choices for techniques but what works best for you on concrete porches.

Thanks for your time.

 

CA porch.JPG

Gulfport.zip

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Also many times I try to apply tile & the outer edge where the wall defining the porch is the tile is missing.

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Alan,  what is creating the white band at the floor line?

 

 

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Have not downloaded plan but....

 

The hole in the stucco appears to be the Room Molding (Baseboard) ...ie looks like back wall in pic.

 

try applying a Slab for the Porch floor with Tile rather than applying a "Floor Finish" as Tile, as that will stop at the railing ( Room Definition line) , the slab will replace the Concrete Porch Floor and you can give it an overhang etc too if needed (water drip)

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Mick,

You mean drag a SLAB over the floor to create another object, then adjust the Z value to be 1/2" higher than the floor?

 

What wall type (definition) do you use for porches?

 

 

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In this case the Problem wasn't your Walls , it was the way you setup the Foundation for the Porches , so I redid them and redrew the inner foundation Walls since what I thought was baseboard in your picture was actually the top of the Concrete Foundation Walls with no stucco used there instead of the standard foundation which is Block+Stucco? .....but check out the Plan as I may have Broken something else too , I did not look much further .

 

M.

 

 

 

Gulfport_MHD_1.zip

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I use a foundation wall, CC block w/ stucco to match the upper floor wall exterior finish thickness.

That results in a seamless transition from foundation to 1st floor wall on the exterior.

The interior porch foundations walls were chosen to depict the thickened slab shown on the foundation plan view.

But are actually stem walls that will not be built that way.

 

Just seems like the porches fight me every time I create one. (every plan)

I need to learn the proper, pain free, method.

 

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4 hours ago, ACADuser said:

Opening your plan I see this on the front porch

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CA Gulf-2.JPG

 

It looks like saving the plan has broken the Corner again , I had to use the Join Walls tool there to get it to join nicely. There are 3 different walls there and Chief is having trouble sorting out the layer connections especially since the porch wall is 6" lower. I tried the Invisible wall break trick too to stop them connecting but it didn't help much, if at all it seemed I still had to use the Wall Layer Tool/Join tool.

 

If you take a cross section just infront of that wall behind the stairs and select the wall you can see how it cuts into the house wall and being 6 " lower causes the issue, so here I pull that wall down in elevation and fixed the Layers above.

 

M.

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Thanks, Mick,

I see now that the problem looks like the 1st floor but it is a foundation wall issue.

That fixed it on my end too. I appreciate your time.

 

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Great , glad you got it , sometimes Chief is too smart for it's own Boots :)

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Spoke too soon.

Again when saved it breaks again when reopened.

I turned it over to tech support.

Let's see what they have to say.

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Damn you too...as I said it's a "bit too smart sometimes" :)

 

but thanks for the Update , look forward to hearing what they say , it really shouldn't be that difficult.

 

M.

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Well no help from Chief

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Wednesday, Feb 07, 2018 - 01:59 PM PST
Hello Charles,
Thank you for contacting Technical Support.

This is not really a software issue but a how-to question. For these types of questions, I recommend taking advantage of the ChiefTalk forum or your other online help resources:
https://chieftalk.chiefarchitect.com/
https://www.chiefarchitect.com/videos/
https://www.chiefarchitect.com/support/database.html
https://www.chiefarchitect.com/products/livedemo.html
https://cloud.chiefarchitect.com/1/pdf/documentation/chief-architect-x10-tutorial-guide.pdf
https://cloud.chiefarchitect.com/1/pdf/documentation/chief-architect-x10-reference-manual.pdf

For example, if you search the Knowledgebase for this type of scenario, you should find this article:
https://www.chiefarchitect.com/support/article/KB-01855/modifying-garage-floor-and-stem-wall-heights.html

In that example, they use a garage, but because porches share a similar floor structure, you can apply the same techniques to raise or lower the floor for the porch to whatever you want.
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Charles Butler
Thursday, Feb 08, 2018 - 09:25 AM PST
Thanks but auto foundations are usually good for the first build & then any modifications I make need to stay. So keeping auto foundations does not work for me.

See attached picture of the front porch & the mess the foundation causes in the corners.
I was able to use the wall layer tool to fix the corner but when the drawing is saved & reopened the problem reappears.

I have yet to find a helpful comprehensive foundation video or article for complex foundations.

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Monday, Feb 12, 2018 - 06:26 AM PST

You could just adjust the height of the stem wall in the room specification for the porch as shown in that article I sent. It fixes the wall issues that you encountered and doesn't require rebuilding the foundation.

But, if you don't want to do that I would recommend posting this to the forums or setting up time with a trainer for additional suggestions.

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Charles Butler
Tuesday, Feb 13, 2018 - 02:49 PM PST

I've already tried the Forum before I came to you.
https://chieftalk.chiefarchitect.com/topic/16813-concrete-porch-wall-choice/?do=findComment&comment=141286

I also tried auto rebuild foundations, no luck.
Looking at several videos and no solution.
I've been using Chief from X7 to X10 so I would think I could easily fix this issue.

So why not send me the corrected plan file so I can look at what you did to fix it?

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Wednesday, Feb 14, 2018 - 06:03 AM PST

Technical Support can troubleshoot problems with the software, but we cannot offer plan completion services or training.

So, I offered you a solution, if you don't know how to adjust the stem wall height of the porch, I suggest reading the article I sent you. That's where I learned about the stem wall height settings that worked for me on your porch.

Again, I didn't have to rebuild the foundation to make it work.

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Apparently, I am too stupid to figure this out on my own so would one of you more knowledgeable folks offer a solution?

 

Thanks for any advice on this matter.

 

 

 

 

 
 

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Hmmmmm looks like Charles couldn't figure it out either.... it is simply an issue in the auto-join capability of walls not recognising the fact one wall is lower than the other and filling in the stucco where needed. Not much we can do for a Programming Error , especially since we can fix it and it changes it back cos it thinks it knows better.

 

And since when do Porches have Stem Walls above the Slab ????  that would be a nice "step over" at the top of the Stairs ....wow.... Please try harder Charles....we need a Real Solution

 

M.

 

 

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