I live near Cambridge in the UK and have been building Lego Technic on and off since the age of 8 which is slightly over 30 years. My Lego Technic collection was very limited when I was younger and so I learned to build using this very small parts base. Now I am older and have access to as much Lego as I want, I still find myself with a very conservative minimalist collection that I add to from time to time when the need arises.
I have always made an effort to design my technic models robustly and having two young kids of my own now who like to play with the finished models this theme continues. I really enjoy building the mechanical functions in my models, more recently the challenge for me has been to get good a building the bodywork surrounding these mechanics.