I am looking to build a open walled porch at the front of my house and wouldn't mind drawing on others experiences.
(Courtesy of I A Oakes).
I want a large, chunky oak frame and traditional roof tile roof similar to the image above. The only difference is I am going to build a small retaining wall along the width of the house and the timbers will run into this. This means the open pathway will be left to right (And in the front door) rather than front to back as in the picture.
What is oak like to work with? Am I better off using traditional connections or cheat and have a steel frame made (I work for a steel fabricator) and clad with oak?
I want to do maybe 80% of the work myself and employ a good roofer to lay the tiles and tie the flashing into the brickwork.