I have been house shopping recently, and one property I looked at had really amazing full wall paneling and carved woodwork. Building was constructed about 1850. I was wondering about the feasibility of doing modern construction like this. Can this even be done anymore? Are there still carpenters with this kind of skill? Would the cost today be so prohibitive (in the United States) that it would not really be thinkable, or would it be a feasible in modern construction?
One Issue is that the framing of the house has beams making sort of a lattice in the ceiling, which is different than the balloon and joist method of house construction used today. Is it possible to use these old hardwood, beam-based framing methods in new construction, or would it just be so prohibitively expensive that it would be unthinkable?