I'm rebuilding a wooden structure on a brick base, approx 5x3m footprint.
The main frame is built of 6x3" timber, to increase rigidity we have added corner braces in each direction, at the ends of each wall:
However these braces at the 'open' end which gets all the sunlight get in the way of where I would like large windows - the original plan was one end would be mostly glass and the other end would be timber clad.
My question is, given I need 4 corner braces on each long wall, do they need to be at opposite ends or could they be anywhere:
Lines in green represent the current design - one brace in each corner of the wall. Orange/red are alternative positions for the right-hand braces I am wondering about, so that I don't 'block' the end where I would like large windows.
Alternatives to large cross-braces are also of interest.