Creating an Elevated Structure on Pilings

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QUESTION

I am an experienced Chief Architect software user and would like to design a structurally detailed seaside home on pilings. How can I do this?

Beach home raised on piers

ANSWER

Chief Architect is designed to allow you to quickly model conventionally framed structures. A structure on pilings, however, does not fall into the category of conventional framing, so when drawing such a plan, we need to use Chief’s framing tools creatively.

This article assumes that the reader is familiar with and comfortable using default settings, creating and using custom layers, and using the manual framing and CAD editing tools.

There are a number of distinct tasks involved in this project:

Before starting work on any drawing, it is important to set up the correct default settings – particularly for the structural aspects of the plan.

As you set up your defaults, you can also set up defaults for door styles and materials for roofing, casing, doors and other items. However, only structural defaults are discussed in this example.

To prepare to draw the structure

  1. Select Edit> Default Settings from the menu to open the Default Settings dialog.
    • To expand a category in the tree list and view its subcategories, click the arrow to the left of its name.
    • To open the defaults dialog for a line item, click on its name and then click the Edit button, or simply double-click on its name.
  2. In the Floor 1 Defaults dialog, on the Structure panel, under the Relative Heights heading, specify the desired Rough Ceiling height. In this example, 109 1/8″ is used.
  3. In the Foundation Defaults dialog, on the Foundation panel:
    • Select Walls with Footings as the Foundation Type.
    • Under the Stem Walls section, specify the Minimum Height as equal to the required top height of the pilings at the building site, plus the thickness of the concrete pad at the base of the pilings. In this example, 148″ is used.
  4. In the Framing Defaults dialog, on both the Foundation and 1st floor panels, under both the Subfloor for Floor and Ceiling Above Floor headings
    • Select the radio button beside Lap.
    • Specify the Spacing as 16″ O.C..
    • Specify the Joist Width as 1 1/2″.
    • Under the Subfloor for Floor heading on each panel, make sure Rim Joist is checked.
  5. While still in the Framing Defaults dialog:
    • On the Beams panel, click on the Edit Floor Beam Defaults button. Specify the Depth as 11 1/4″, Width as 3″, the Type as Lumber and click OK.
    • Under the Beam Options, select the radio button beside Under Joists and the Align Exterior with radio button beside Main Layer.
    • On the Posts panel, click on the Edit Post Defaults button. Specify the Type as Lumber, set the Post Size Widths both as 12″.

      Note: When a Round post is specified, Width 1 refers to its diameter and Width 2 is not available.

    • Under the Post Footings heading, specify the Height
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How to create an elevated interior, tips from a designer

Decorating a home has long been a favourite activity of many amateur interior designers. And no more so than during the COVID-19 pandemic have our homes become places of refuge, providing solace and simultaneously acting as home offices. It’s a lot to ask of a space that just a few months ago wasn’t quite so involved in our functioning. Now the question is how best to elevate every room?

Making an interior sing isn’t hard. In fact, with a few clever tweaks it’s completely possible to elevate a home in a matter of steps. From using books as props to investing in antique and vintage accessories, there are a few simple adjustments anyone can make to their space in order to add instant value and intrigue. Below, interior designer Joyce Downing Pickens shares her top tips for ensuring a home reaches its utmost potential — with little investment.

Fresh flowers are key

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“I can‘t tell you how much putting some time and effort into a good floral arrangement makes on the elevation of your space,” Downing Pickens shares. “Even dried florals can be a low maintenance way to bring your space to the next level. If you do go faux, make sure to find a supplier that does really good quality options to ensure that they remain sophisticated.”

Neutral colours in this bedroom inspire elegance. Picture: Jenni Kayne
Neutral colours in this bedroom inspire elegance. Picture: Jenni Kayne

Texture via textiles

It’s all about the textiles. Embrace the seasons and use textural pieces to your advantage, says Downing Pickens. “By just swapping out your pillows and throws on your sofa, you can make a huge difference in your space. Try to look for vintage textiles with lots of texture and pattern but with muted colours.”

“I think people have a tendency to go cheap on pillows, but in my opinion, they are more important than the sofa! Pillows can make a more inexpensive sofa look elevated.”

A great bookshelf can add style instantly. Picture: Jenni Kayne
A great bookshelf can add style instantly. Picture: Jenni Kayne

Well read

“Nothing makes for a chicer space than a well-read inhabitant,” Downing Pickens attests. Choose something that represents your personal interests and look for copies with aesthetic covers and spines. “As a designer, I love niche design books. Some of my favourites are Cezanne‘s objects, Cy Twombly Gallery, Axel Vervoordt, and Handcrafted Modern.

Pretty patterns and good textures make all the difference. Picture: Amy Bartlam
Pretty patterns and good textures make all the difference. Picture: Amy Bartlam

Unique accessories

While it might be tempting to go mass market when investing in home accessories, Downing Pickens warns against. “Big box stores sell these items for completing your space but they almost always fall flat. The individuality and richness of a vintage accessory can make a space and complete it to perfection,’ she says. Suggesting heading to a local flea market or vintage store instead, the designer confirms the item will have “a much better story behind it” when it’s something chosen and cherished.

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RH CEO expects elevated demand for home decor to carry through 2021

  • “There’s clearly, you know, a consumer shift that’s happening and you know people are holed up at home,” RH CEO Gary Friedman told CNBC.
  • “We’re benefiting from some of that shift, and at the same time … our teams did a great job of kind of improvising adapting and overcoming,” he said in a “Mad Money” interview.
  • “I think there’s going to be some systemic shifts in spending that will last, I think, for the next year or two — could be longer,” he said.

RH CEO on capitalizing on shifts in consumer spending habits

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Demand for home goods is still on the up and up, based on the quarterly results published by home furnishings retailer RH.

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RH, formerly known as Restoration Hardware, posted a top- and bottom-line beat in its fiscal 2020 second-quarter report as the company capitalized on the stay-at-home environment, CEO Gary Friedman told CNBC’s Jim Cramer after the Corte Madera, Calif.-based company reported earnings.

“There’s clearly, you know, a consumer shift that’s happening and you know people are holed up at home,” he said in a “Mad Money” interview.

“We’re benefiting from some of that shift, and at the same time I’d say our teams did a great job of kind of improvising. adapting and overcoming.”

RH reported revenue of $709 million in the quarter ended Aug. 1, a 0.4% tick up from a year ago, but a turnaround from the 20% revenue decline the company saw in its first fiscal quarter. The company recorded profits of $4.90 per share, smashing the $3.41 estimate in Factset.

Core demand has improved exponentially month over month since the U.S. economy began its recovery from the coronavirus lockdown earlier this year that brought world commerce to a near halt. RH said that that demand was up 7% in May, more than 30% in both June and July, and up 47% in the month of August. Core business grew 44% through the first 10 days of September, the company said.

That trend, however, can be ephemeral, Friedman said. Long term, RH is looking to grow net revenue by 8% to 12% and adjusted net income by 15% to 20%. The company expects the increased spending on home decor will continue through 2021.

“I think there’s going to be some systemic shifts in spending that will last, I think, for the next year or two — could be longer,” he said.

“We’ll benefit from the shifts right now, but, you know, that’s not anything what I call strategic. We’ll make the most of what’s happening, but it really doesn’t affect our long-term vision or long-term strategy.”

Shares of RH surged more than 20% to $385.46 at Thursday’s close.

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