A Look at 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 often-overlooked aspect of a home’s design is complexity. Architectural complexity is harder to quantify than square footage and layout. However, it plays a big part in the home’s design, and impacts construction time and costs. By understanding the complexity of your design’s roof lines, pitches, corners, and aesthetic extras, you can better calculate your home’s turnkey cost and build time frame.

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Roof Lines

Roof lines on houses are elements of design that make a noticeable impact on your home’s architectural complexity. For example, a simple log cabin structure with two roof lines is much different than a complex, nine-ridge lodge. Additions such as dormers, turrets, eaves, and awnings are elements that add character, and complexity, to your design. Whether you are designing a completely custom plan or one that is based off a popular concept, your architect can work with you to reduce the number of 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, the number of corners, angles, and pop outs also affect your time frame and turnkey cost. For example, if you were to take a four-corner floor plan, then add several 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 designer 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. Adding features likes large casement windows, metal, and stone all add complexity to a project. These features directly impact 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. Learn more about the architectural complexity of your log or timber home, and how it affects costs.

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