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Post Posted: Mon Nov 28, 2005 1:01 am
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How to Build a Raised Foundation


1. Use the shovel tool to raise a point of the terrain.
    You can go as high as you want to. For reference, note that a regular foundation is 4 clicks above the terrain and a wall is 16 clicks high.

    For this example, I raised the point 4 clicks above the local terrain, so that the foundation will end up being 8 clicks (half a wall) above the ground.

    You can do all 4 corners and make this a level square if you want, too, but a single point will do.



2. Start with the foundation tool over the point you raised.



3. Sweep out some squares from that point.


4. Relase the mouse button and there's the starting point for your foundation.
    After this step, extend your foundation out to where you want it. Just make sure to always start with the foundation tool over your exisiting foundation so that you build at the same level.

    You can go back to the shovel tool and flatten out that point you raised. The top of the foundation will stay at the same level even if you do this.

    Keep in mind that the higher you go, the more real estate your stairs will need. If your foundation top is 8 clicks above the terrain, you need 3 squares for stairs. At 16 clicks (one wall height) you'll need 4 for the stairs plus one additional square for the landing.


Another important aspect to this technique is using it on sloping lots. You might want to start your foundation at the highest point on the lot near where you're going to build the house. That establishes a level plane that will be always above the local terrain. You can even go back and delete the foundation over your starting point if you want to.

That's really all there is to it! smile

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Post Posted: Mon Nov 28, 2005 1:29 am
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Some Examples of Raised Foundations

Here are some examples of houses built with a raised foundation.




Manse Orleans
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The Houstonian
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Manse Collegium
Click on the image to go to the topic for Manse Collegium.




And just for grins, here's one that needs no foundation at all! Rolling on the Floor Laughing



The Graviton Test Facility
Click on the image to go to the topic for the Graviton Test Facility.

Foundations? We don't need no stinking foundations!

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Post Posted: Mon Nov 28, 2005 5:25 pm
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Thank you Greg!!! Have I mentioned recently that I love you? hehe

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Post Posted: Tue Nov 29, 2005 8:36 pm
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blush

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Post Posted: Tue Nov 29, 2005 8:40 pm
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One other trick: If you want to build a discontinuous foundation, as I did for the porte cochere in Manse Collegium and The Houstonian, built the full foundation first and then delete the part you don't want. That assures that the pieces will be on the same level.

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