Monday, 8 March 2010

Grappling with CAD

I've always enjoyed doing pen and ink framing drawings but they are time consuming and limiting compared to the capabilities of modern CAD programs. Finally I've taken the time to get to grips with a simple but effective package, and am already finding how much easier it makes so many aspects of the pre-workshop stages. Customers get a clearer impression of what they're getting, builders and architects can visualise and discuss techincal details, and I save hours of time producing my drawings. Not such a luddite after all!

Cottage Extension and Link

We've just raised this Douglas Fir and Oak frame in perfect March sunshine. We cut it in the workshop over Christmas and New Year, but the builder was held up by the wintry weather in early Feb and so it sat in the corner for a while, waiting for a sunny break. It went up in a day and a half over the weekend and was definitely worth waiting for the weather window.

The oak curves tie in really nicely with the Douglas Fir frame, and although not as nice to work, the Douglas is a great cheaper alternative to using green oak, with excellent strength, longevity and local availabilty. It'll be externally clad in 400mm of Hemcrete, and roofed in slate, while the linkway will be weatherboarded with large glazed panels.