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Gary D Brackins & Associates

Residential Designers for Custom Homes, Additions & Renovations Throughout Southeastern Massachusetts

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Gary D Brackins

Gary has bee in the construction and residential design profession since the early 70's. He assisted his dad, a general contractor not only with the designing of projects, but the actual construction as well. This is where Gary first discovered "It's better to work smart than hard." Gary attended the University of Florida majoring in civil and structural engineering. Originally from Florida Gary developed the respect of the local construction community for his eye to detail and simple straightforward construction design. As Gary is fond of saying, "Why make something simple complicated? Simple saves time and money."

Gary relocated to Massachusetts in 1997 and soon settled into Mattapoisett. While working for Fitzgerald Engineering, Inc. a local civil engineering firm Gary routinely reviewed residential construction drawings. He was consistently amazed at their lack of detail and common design flaws. After designing the framing systems for a local contractor he decided to start his own part-time service designing homes for local builders.

As word of the quality of his work spread so did the demand for his services, so much so that in 2005 Gary decided to take his passion for residential designing to the next level and Gary D Brackins & Associates became his full-time profession.

In July of 2010 Gary relocated his office to the Town of Fairhaven.

Gary is trained and experienced in High Wind Construction meeting the requirements of the State Building Code. He has successfully completed course AWC 207 and AWC 275 taught by Dr. Robert J. Taylor of the American Wood Council for "Design of Wood Framed Buildings" using the Wood Frame Construction Manual. He has completed the Wood engineered wood program and has attended numerous workshops by Simpson Strong-tie. He has over 30 years in civil engineering and residential design.

With his experience "swinging a hammer" Gary understands building materials and how homes are constructed and incorporates this knowledge into his designs. "I call it a win-win situation for both the home owner and the builder," Gary is fond of saying. "Many times through the proper use of building materials we have provided clients with more home for less money. I give the client what they desire at a reasonable fee, and make it easier for the builder to construct. Who could ask for more?"

Gary's philosophy is simple, "Provide your clients with personable quality service at a reasonable price." Home design should include the needs of the owner, not what the designer "thinks" you should have. It must be a solid structure that will not only endure the elements but time as well.

Gary's belief is it should be your home, your sanctuary  from life, not a living monument to the designer. Based upon his twelve years of teaching experience at Palm Beach Community College Gary is known for his "homework assignments" and the occasional "pop quiz."

Gary is committed to his profession and clients, and will provide you with his proven experience for eye pleasing designs and sound construction techniques.

Professional Memberships & Associations

No one person can know everything. Having the proper resources is the key. As such Gary is a member of the following organizations:

Professional Member of the American Institute of Building Design, which next to the American Institute of Architects is the oldest professional organization for building designers and the Northeast Society of the American Institute of Building Design.

Building Safety Professional Member of the International Code Council, developers of the codes we build by.

Professional Associate of the Engineered Wood Association (APA) developers of standards for the manufacturer and use of engineered wood products.

Design Professional Member of the American Wood Council (American Forest & Paper Association) developers of the Wood Frame Construction Manual and the wood construction standard, "National Design Specification for Wood Construction."

Gary is also a contributor on numerous building code and residential construction online forums.