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building regulations technician at oakwrights

DAVID BRYAN - ARCHITECTURAL & BUILDING REGULATIONS TECHNICIAN

DAVID HAS ALWAYS BEEN ABLE TO RELATE THE FORM OF A BUILDING  TO THE VARIOUS METHODS AND CONSTRAINTS OF OAK FRAME CONSTRUCTION

 

David Bryan has been part of the Oakwrights family for over 10 years, beginning as a Trainee Estimator under the watchful eyes of the company founders - Tim Crump & Nick Price. Having started out drawing proposed frames on paper and producing estimates from these, David progressed onto producing them in two dimensional CAD and then into three dimensions using SketchUp. Continuing this development, he went on to provide industry leading images to Oakwrights’ Clients to accompany their estimates and ultimately made the move to a more technical role as a Building Regulations & Architectural Technician within the Design department.

Combining a background in Engineering and Technical Sales roles, David has always been able to relate the form of a building to the various methods and constraints of Oak Frame buildings. What David achieves for each client is that all important balance between aesthetics and economics, which is of course of primary importance whatever the size of your project or budget!

ARCHITECTURAL DESIGN SPECIALISM

 

David now works predominantly in SketchUp on both his own projects and in collaboration with the Architectural Design Team, providing the all-important third dimension to Helen’s work. This gives the ability to very quickly develop schemes based on volumetric constraints, as is becoming quite common with some Local Planning Authorities, but also enables site studies to be carried out on larger developments where overshadowing and sight-lines become far more important.

david bryan, oakwrights designer and long standing team member
psi therm

WORKING WITH PSI-THERM 


Psi-Therm is a computer modelling program which allows you to analyse the specific details of each junction within the envelope of the building using Finite Element Analysis. This builds up a picture of the energy transfer through the fabric of the building and predicts the effect that this will have on the thermal efficiency of the building. This is very important now with the ever increasing costs of energy in terms of both economics and also the environmental costs associated with excess carbon dioxide being produced by inefficient housing stock. By designing out these thermal bridges and weak points, we can ensure that the houses we build are as efficient as they can possibly be.

featured designs by david bryan

Located just within the boundary of the New Forest National Park, this proposal for a replacement family dwelling allows for a more traditional frontage, in keeping with the surrounding buildings whilst affording the owners a more interesting use of the rear space with a veranda and balcony permitting views of the fields beyond. 

Storey-and-a-half designs often restrict the available space within the first floor of the dwelling, however, three bedrooms comfortably fit within the envelope of the proposed design without compromising on the available space. 

A semi open-plan layout on the ground floor offers the best of both worlds, with a cosy Kitchen and Family space running off the Entrance Hall, and a more formal Sitting Room area which could also be opened up to create a more open plan setting at a later date as the partition walls shown are not structural.

plan view of david bryan designed home

'FROM AN EARLY STAGE I WAS KEEN TO BRING THE ESTIMATING FRAME DRAWINGS UP TO A STANDARD THAT BEFITTED SUCH A BEAUTIFUL OBJECT.'

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the rayner oak framed home

This design was developed a number of years ago. Drawings from Darren Blackwell were used to create frames in 2D to estimate the required volume of timber. Were this project worked on today, a 3D model would be made to visualise the intersections of the various planes of the roofscape and the structure required to support them. The use of 3D imagery has therefore become the most useful tool in this process.

ground floor plan of oakwrights project
oak living space by oakwrights

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