Modifying Garage Floor and Stem Wall Heights

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After naming my Garage room, the floor and ceiling height information changed. Why does this happen?

Adjust foundation heights for stem walls and garage areas


When Auto Rebuild Foundation is turned on, naming a room as a Garage will cause changes to the way the foundation is built under that room.

First, begin with creating a basic plan, where you will be using all of the default settings for Floor 1 floor and ceiling heights, and for building the foundation.

To create the basic plan

  1. In a new plan file in floor plan view, select Build> Wall> Straight Exterior Wall , then click and drag out the walls to create a basic structure with attached garage, as shown in the image below.

    Floor plan showing two areas - main house and attached garage

    Once the main building and garage room have been created, the foundation is automatically created with the default stem wall and footing heights.
    If your foundation does not automatically generate, click Build> Floor> Build Foundation  , put a check in the Automatically Rebuild Foundation box and click OK.

    The floor and ceiling heights in the room that will be designated as the Garage are still at the default for Floor 1. The Floor height is 0″ and in our case, the Finished Ceiling height is 107 5/8″.

  2. To verify this information, use the Select Objects tool to click on the smaller room on Floor 1, which will become the Garage, then click on the Open Object edit button.
  3. In the Room Specification dialog, notice the values set on the Structure panel.

    Room Specification dialog on Structure panle with Floor height of zero and Finished Ceiling height set to 107 5/8

  4. Next, select the General panel, and use the Room Type drop-down menu to select Garage, then hit OK.

    Room Specification dialog on General panel with Garage selected as the Room Type

    When the Room type is changed, the foundation is rebuilt to reflect these changes.

  5. Open  the garage room to specification and return to the Structure panel to see the changes.

    Room Specification dialog with Structure panel selected showing -14 1/8 Stem Wall Top and Finished Ceiling of 134 5/8

    • The Stem Wall Top height value is added to the Absolute Elevations and is set to the height of the underside of the floor joists on Floor 1. The floor is changed to a slab and the slab is lowered 12″ below the top of the stem wall.
    • The Stem Wall height is set to 22 1/2″.
    • The Floor Finish is set to 0″ and the Floor Structure becomes a 4″ concrete slab.
  6. Click OK to close the dialog and take a Perspective Full Overview to see the results so far.

    Perspective Full Overview showing foundation under house and garage

You may want to change the Stem Wall height to meet your frost depth needs, however, before making any changes to the Structure settings in the Room Specification dialog, you must first turn off Auto Rebuild Foundation.

To turn off Auto Rebuild Foundation

  1. Select Build> Floor> Build Foundation .
  2. In the Build Foundation dialog, remove the check next to Automatically Rebuild Foundation, then click OK.

    Build Foundation dialog with the box for Automatically Rebuild Foundation option cleared

  3. In the New Floor dialog that appears next, choose Derive new foundation plan from the 1st floor plan and click OK again.

    New Floor dialog with Derive new foundation plan from the 1st floor plan option selected

  4. Use the Select Objects tool to click within the Garage room on the Foundation level,
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Brooklyn Heights Studio With Archways, Four Closets, Deco Bathroom Asks $525K

While not abundant in square footage, this Art Deco-era studio has all the benefits of apartments from that era, including a separate dining space, arched doorways and decent closet space. The co-op unit is on the third floor of The Mansion House, the six-story 1930s apartment building at 145 Hicks Street in Brooklyn Heights, giving it a location within walking distance to shops and parks spanning several nearby areas, including Downtown Brooklyn.

The Mansion House moniker is a nod to the building formerly on the site, a mansion that was used for an academy for young ladies before being turned into a hotel. When it was demolished in 1930 some tenants had been in residence since the 1880s. The land stayed vacant for several years, prompting some ghost stories, before construction began in 1935 for the current building.

Designed by Arthur Weiser, the restrained brick building has touches of the Colonial Revival, with urn-topped brick pillars guarding a brick pathway to the recessed entrance with a columned portico. A sketch of the building in an early brochure and the circa 1940 tax photo both show shutters on the central windows of the second floor. While gone, the shadows of the shutters are still visible.

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The same brochure lists the many “modern conveniences and improvements” designed for residents, many still found in this studio unit. A foyer with three closets and niched shelving leads to the raised dining area with arched openings to the living room. The windowed space, referred to as a dining balcony on the early floor plans, has its original iron railing and the fourth closet. The living area, which is large enough to fit both seating and sleeping areas, has three windows on two exposures and a view to the charming carriage houses of College Place.

The windowed galley kitchen has white cabinets and counters and appears in good shape although perhaps ready for a style tweak.

For some reason the listing photos don’t include a shot of the tiled Art Deco-era bathroom, which, at least in the glimpse available in the video tour, looks fairly fabulous for lovers of vintage style.

The 107-unit elevator building has laundry and storage in the basement and an attended lobby. Maintenance for this unit is $774 a month. It is listed at $525,000 with Brian Lehner of Brown Harris Stevens. Worth the ask?

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brooklyn heights 145 hicks street interior

brooklyn heights 145 hicks street interior

brooklyn heights 145 hicks street interior

brooklyn heights 145 hicks street exterior

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Reach new heights in your rose garden with ramblers and climbers

The most charming and welcoming gardens have climbing roses that arch over and define entry gates; spill over arbors, pillars and pergolas; cover walls, fences and trellises; or cascade down in a profusion of blooms from trees and hillsides. These climbers and ramblers are as astounding as they are breathtaking. They are the garden’s showoffs and showstoppers.

Ramblers and climbers

Ramblers are generally hardy old roses descending from a large and complex heritage. Their general nature and growth habit are is that of very vigorous plants that flower profusely once in the spring in massive clusters of small or medium blooms. Some ramblers do have a repeat bloom, and many show off beautiful colorful hips in the fall. They often have flexible canes that can reach 20 to 30 feet.

A rambler can be trained to ascend into a tree or spill over a hillside. The more modern climbers were specifically developed to produce large blooms and to flower repeatedly during the course of the year. They often have stiffer canes, and they generally range between 8 to 15 feet long. Some hybrid teas and floribundas such as Peace and Iceberg have spontaneously developed a climbing sport.

Gertrude Jekyll's pink rosette blooms have a strong, quintessential old rose fragrance. This climber is 8 to 10 feet tall.

Gertrude Jekyll has rich, glowing pink rosette blooms with a strong, quintessential old rose fragrance. This climber is 8 to 10 feet tall.

(David Austin Roses)

Gertrude Jekyll rose blooms, in detail.

Gertrude Jekyll rose blooms, in detail.

(Rita Perwich)

Rose care

The care of these roses is similar to that of your bush roses. They need to be planted in the sun in a well-amended soil, they have the same fertilizing and watering requirements, and they are susceptible to the same diseases and pests as your other roses.


Careful thought has to precede buying a rose that climbs, as you need an appropriate site that is roomy enough to accommodate its growth habit and a structure that is sturdy enough to support the weight of the plant when it is fully grown. Unlike climbing vines that can twine or twist, these roses can’t attach themselves without your assistance. Use a flexible material like stretchable tape to tie them to prevent damage to the canes.

You can train your rose on a trellis or fence, you can drape the canes over the arch of a gate or an arbor, or you can attach them to an upright support such as a pillar. These roses are not just beautiful, but also can be useful in the landscape as a screen for privacy or as a barrier to hide something unsightly.

If you want to train a rose to grow on a wall, you will need to provide a support such as a wooden lattice attached to the wall with bolts, allowing space for air circulation and also for access to tie the canes. Plant the rose 12 inches or more from the structure, not right up against it, and train your rose throughout the growing season while the canes are young, supple and amenable to bending, weaving or shaping.

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YouTube pranksters draw large maskless crowd, get kicked out of ‘Jersey Shore’ house in Seaside Heights

Every Monday night, the Nelk Boys post a new video, sharing their latest exploits with their 5.7 million followers on YouTube.

These video usually involve some kind of stunt, prank and merchandise “drop.” Their appearances have been known to draw crowds, even during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Now they’ve brought their frat act to the Jersey Shore.

After the YouTube personalities teased they would be at the Shore Monday — staying in Seaside Heights at the “Jersey Shore” house made popular by the MTV reality show — fans showed up en masse, forming a maskless crowd.

The Nelk Boys shared clips from their Shore trip on Instagram and Twitter — in one, they spray some celebratory bubbly in front of the house’s famous Italian flag-painted garage — as locals posted video of the scene on social media. Police were on hand for crowd control, and the gathering outside the Shore house seemed to grow larger as the night wore on.

Seaside Heights Police Chief Thomas Boyd told the Asbury Park Press that officers were performing “crowd control” and as of 8:30 p.m. the situation remained peaceful and under control. Boyd estimated the crowd had grown to a “couple thousand.”

Later Monday, videos on social media showed rowdier crowds.

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Danny Merk, known to “Jersey Shore” fans as the employer of the cast at the Shore Store, appeared to kick the Nelk Boys out of the Shore house.

“Get your sh-t and get outta here, guys,” Merk, the landlord, told them in one video, filmed inside the house at 1209 Boardwalk. “It’s time to go.”

“Danny let them stay!!!” said “Jersey Shore” star Paul “DJ Pauly D” DelVecchio in a comment on the Instagram video.

“Hope you didn’t leave my room a mess!!!” said his co-star, Vinny Guadagnino.

The Nelk Boys, who hail from Canada, are Gen Zers Jesse Sebastiani, Kyle Forgeard and Steve Deleonardis. The trio, who lived in Los Angeles before they set off on travels across the country, are known for their visits to college campuses.

Last week, YouTube temporarily “demonetized” them after they allegedly threw parties at Illinois State University, creating a “public health risk,” BuzzFeed reported. Video they shared on Instagram showed students at on-campus parties not wearing masks or social distancing.

The Nelk Boys previously pulled a stunt in which they protested COVID-19 restrictions in Los Angeles, leading a crowd in an “open the gyms” chant.

Their latest video, posted two hours ago, claims nearly half a million views on YouTube. The installment is a compilation of various trips and pranks that starts at the Shore house and documents them getting kicked out of the parking lot of a Trump rally a few days ago.

The Nelk Boys and their Nelk associates use their appearances to hawk their Full Send merchandise, which includes a variety of basketball and baseball jerseys and hoodies.

They provide updates along the way for their 3.6 million Instagram followers and 381,000 Twitter followers.

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Wuthering Heights: House that inspired Emily Bronte classic for sale

Ponden Hall

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image captionPonden Hall has traditionally been identified with the Lintons’ home Thrushcross Grange in Wuthering Heights

A house thought to be the inspiration for Emily Bronte when writing 19th century classic Wuthering Heights is on sale for more than £1m.

Ponden Hall, in Stanbury, West Yorkshire, dates back to 1541 and played host to Bronte and her family during their childhood.

Several features of the property are said to have inspired her work.

In 2014, it was converted into a bed and breakfast which is currently run by owners Steve Brown and Julie Akhurst.

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image captionIt is also believed to have inspired Anne Brontë’s novel, The Tenant of Wildfell Hall

Sisters Emily and Anne, who began writing as children along with their sibling Charlotte, first came across Ponden Hall during the Crow Hill Bog Burst, a mudslide that occurred following heavy rainfall in September 1824.

While this was the girls’ first encounter with Ponden, they continued to visit, with the house providing inspiration for both Wuthering Heights and The Tenant of Wildfell Hall.

The library at Ponden, considered one of the finest in West Yorkshire and which boasted a Shakespeare first portfolio, was particularly appealing to the Brontes, who would often stop by to use it.

The Bronte sisters

  • Charlotte, Emily and Anne Bronte were 19th Century novelists who formed one of the world’s most famous literary families
  • Often left alone together in their isolated Haworth home, all three sisters began to write stories at an early age
  • Charlotte’s Jane Eyre and Emily’s Wuthering Heights are hailed as British classics. Anne’s The Tenant of Wildfell Hall was a bestseller
  • Tragedy struck the family when Emily and Anne both died of tuberculosis within six months of each other between 1848 and 1849. It also killed their brother, Branwell
  • Charlotte continued to write and later married, but she too was killed by the disease in March 1855

Mr Brown said it was a request from a Bronte enthusiast to stay over in the old library that prompted the couple to turn Ponden into a bed and breakfast.

The couple moved into the property in 1998 and undertook extensive restoration work.

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image captionThe house, which overlooks Ponden Reservoir, is a Grade II listed building

The main guest bedroom features a small, single-paned window within a wooden, panelled box bed which bears similarities to the window that appears in Wuthering Heights.

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Ms Akhurst said: “This is the room in the old end of the house which has a tiny window in it which inspired Emily to write the story of Cathy’s ghost.

“There is the scene in which Mr Lockwood is asleep in the bed and he has a nightmare where he believes the ghost of Cathy is coming through the window to get him.”

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