It’s easy to get carried away in planning your timber frame dream home. Between the excitement of deciding what features are a must-have and the thrill of envisioning your future there, the nitty-gritty details can get lost in the process. There are a myriad of factors –  including location, site conditions, size, and finishings – that will affect the cost of a timber frame home. Budgeting is where your home dreams meets reality, but finding a realistic cost range for your home doesn’t have to be stressful. This is where Woodhouse’s Dream Home Budget Calculator comes in.

The Woodhouse Dream Home Budget Calculator considers over 20 different variables that impact the cost of your home. All prospective homeowners have to do is plug in the answers that best describe their dream home and see how well it aligns with their budget. Not only does the budget calculator save you time and money by preventing you from falling into hidden cost traps, but the questions it asks allow you to get at the heart of what you truly want in your home.

Factors That Affect the Cost of a Timber Frame Home

The budget calculator is an innovative and helpful tool, but to get the most out of it you should understand what factors affect the cost of your home:

Building Location

Where you want to build your home has a significant impact on the cost when you consider location and site conditions. For example, northern versus southern climates have different insulation needs, and more insulation equals greater cost. Another contributor to cost is elevation, as higher altitudes typically come with more wind and a possible snow load requiring more expensive materials to protect against.

Architectural Style

The cardinal rule of architecture budgets is as follows: simplicity saves and complexity costs. If you’re looking to build a complex timber frame home that features beautiful trusses and embellishments, your cost will increase accordingly. On the other hand, you can save money by opting for a home with a simpler style, for example, a house with only four corners as opposed to more, or one that uses fewer timbers.  


Windows are one of those factors that people often overlook when considering the cost of their home. For instance, panoramic windows are becoming Increasingly popular in modern designs since they allow natural light to flood the home. However, it’s important to keep in mind that large custom windows may cost more than traditionally-sized windows.

Miscellaneous Odds & Ends

Aside from these large scale factors, there are various smaller details that affect overall cost of your home. This can include the type of flooring you want, the appliances you desire, cabinetry, and other smaller accents both on the interior and exterior that can add up and affect cost.

Woodhouse’s custom timber frame homes are as unique and varied as its owners. This very nature of a custom home means that it doesn’t come with an absolute, fixed price. Fortunately, our Dream Home Budget Calculator takes the guesswork out of planning your future, so you can make confident, informed choices that align not only with your budget, but with your vision.  

Ready to find out the cost of your dream home? Check out the Dream Home Budget Calculator today.