My DIY and building knowledge is limited to say the least, but from doing some reading and talking to people I'm very interested in timber-framed construction, both for the cost savings and ecologically. From what I read, issues with timber frame come from builders who aren't used to working with it rather than inherent problems with the method itself, so I was wondering if anyone give me any idea how widespread timber frame experience is among builders now? Obviously if I ask someone 'have you done much timber frame work?', chances are he's going to tell me he has if that's what I want to hear :-) I'm in north Merseyside/west Lancs.
We're at the stage of nosing at as many peoples' extensions as possible and getting names of builders, and I'm also interested in hearing about extensions done in a different style to the usual 'bricks and a window' - I really like the look of http://www.carpenteroak.com/traditional/Extensions/D6111J/D6111J.htm for example.
Thanks in advance,