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A Look into Architectural Complexity

A pivotal component of every log or timber frame home project is design. Creating a unique and stunning floor plan that fits your style and location requires time and planning. An important aspect of a home’s design that is often overlooked and harder to quantify than the square footage and layout, is the complexity. By understanding the complexity of your design’s rooflines, pitches, corners and aesthetic extras, you can better calculate your home’s turnkey cost and build time frame.

Roof Ridges

Above: Low-Complexity Log Home with minimal roof planes, Below: High-Complexity Timber Frame with multiple roof planes

Roof Lines 

Roof lines and ridges are elements of design that can take your home from a low complexity log cabin structure with two roof lines to a 9-ridge lodge with a more complex design. Additions such as dormers, turrets, eaves and awnings are elements that can add character to your design, and also complexity, which can be more time consuming during construction. Whether you are designing a completely custom plan or one that is based off of a popular concept, your architects can work with you to reduce your ridge lines or break them apart in ways that will add character to your home while being mindful of your turnkey cost.


Much like the complexity of roof lines and planes; your corners, angles and pop outs are also going to affect your time frame and turnkey cost according to their design. For example, if you were to take a 4-corner floor plan with a 2-corner pop out for the kitchen and include several more pop outs and an attached, angled garage, the complexity of your design and the time it will take to build will increase. This is another reason why working with your project designers will help to create a manageable turnkey through the creation of a design that fits your needs.

Aesthetic Extras

A mountain-style home is known for its blend of materials, styles and designs—all of which factor into a home’s complexity. If you look at the popular Western style log home, its blend of large casement windows, metal, and stone are features that add complexity to your project. Features like these have a direct impact on a project’s turnkey cost as well as the look and feel of the home. Whether you want to reduce or enhance your plan’s complexity, these are all important factors to consider during the design process.


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