Are you on a budget and looking to build a new timber frame home? One of the most important factors to consider when budgeting for your project is to factor in the design. The house design you choose can make or break your budget. To keep your costs down, choose a simple house design and be aware of more complicated designs, as they can add to your cost quickly.


More complex house designs usually include complicated roof designs (such as a hip roof), gables, dormers, bump outs, porches, and special architectural details. It doesn’t mean you can’t add some of these details, but these design elements will drive the cost of construction up, so it’s recommended to keep these to a minimum to contain costs. For example, you can design a simple house with a rectangular-like shape and add a couple of dormers, but know upfront it will cost you a little more. Our advice for those on a budget? Only add special details that will add space and value to your home.

Check out our barn home line for cost-effective design ideas. Also, check out our samples below of what is a simple design versus what makes a complex design.

small timber frame home

This modified 1,800 SF Classic Homestead features a simple shape and a small dormer on the second floor. This is a great example of a cost-effective timber frame design.

barn home cost

Our Classic Barn home is another design that is more friendly on the wallet and it’s a great example of how simple can still be stunning! The addition of the cupola adds to the cost, but it gives this rectangular barn home a nice architectural flare without going overboard on the design. This model can be built with or without the cupola.

timber frame home cost

We love this french country timber frame home we worked on several years ago, however, this is a good example of a timber frame home that will cost a lot more to build than a simple rectangular shape home. This timber frame home features one level living with cathedral ceilings which adds to the price per SF cost to build this home. The design also includes 9 gables and many angles and corners.

timber frame home cost

 As you can see, this Mountainside home features 3 eave overhangs to give it architectural interest, however, it also adds a more complex design to the roof resulting in a more costly home to build.

If you are looking for cost-effective ways to build your new home, the design is the first step to saving. Adding different architectural elements can cause the use of more materials and require more labor which will add to your overall construction budget.

Check out our website to see our simple and traditional barn home plans and also be sure to check out our signature timber frame plans!

Want to learn more about Davis Timber Frame homes? Call us today at 800-636-0993, we would be happy to answer questions you have.