Roof Terminology

January 19th, 2016

Your custom log or timber home is something you’ve been dreaming of for a long time. You’ve even researched just about everything, from the layout, to your flooring options, down to the bathroom hardware. But even the most thought out design would not be complete or protected without the right roof to cap it off. Today we are going to review some common roof terms that will help you in your search.

Common Roof Styles

Gable – A gable roof is a simple triangular roof design that consists of two sloping sides that come together at a ridge.

Advantage: The gable roof design is easy to construct and is often used in areas with high rain and snow loads because its sloping sides lend to easy run-off.

Disadvantage: Due to its simple construction, the gable roof can be more susceptible to damage from high winds.

Gable Roof

Hip – Unlike the gable roof, the hipped roof will slope down from a ridge point to the eaves on all sides of the home. It is a very French inspired roof design and can also be called a pyramid or pavilion roof.

Advantage: Hip roofs too are a great style for snow and rain run-off, while also allowing for large eaves on the home.

Disadvantage:Due to their generally shallow slopes, accessing them for maintenance or for additional interior roof space is often difficult.

Hipped Roof


Shed—Similar to the gable roof, the shed roof features a single sloping plane without ridges or valleys. This style is often thought of as a half-gable roof.

Advantage: Probably the easiest to construct, this roof is great for skylights, but can also protect the interior from excessive sunlight at certain times of day if necessary.

Disadvantage:Due to its simple design, it’s not as equipped for proper drainage like other styles.

Shed Roof


Gambrel – Often seen in barn-style designs, the gambrel roof breaks each sloping section of the roof into two parts—a shallow one closer to the eaves, and one that drops down steeply.

Advantage: Due to its bell shape, this style offers the maximum use of space under the roof.

Disadvantage:Because of the two-part planes of its design, the Gambrel roof is not ideal for the pressure of heavy snowfall.

Gambrel Roof Construction


Other Terminology

DormerA dormer is a window that projects vertically from a sloping roof plane. This feature usually has its own roof, which can vary in style itself—gable, shed, or eyebrow.

Eaves Eaves are located at the edges of a roof and usually project out from the body of the home to offer added protection from the elements.

Valleys A valley is the ‘V’ created where two sloping roof planes come together.

RidgesIn contrast to a valley, a ridge is generally located in the center of the roof or where two planes slope up and meet at a horizontal point.

Floor Plan Spotlight: About 2,500 Square Feet

November 17th, 2015

Perhaps the easiest way to define what you’re looking for in a log cabin or timber frame home is by the number of bedrooms and bathrooms. However, if you focus only on finding homes with 3 bedrooms and 2 bathrooms, you might miss out on a design you like better, which could be customized to fit your bedroom and bath needs.

We’ve curated a selection of designs around 2,500 feet with a variety of layouts and styles that could inspire your home. Keep in mind, each plan can be adapted by PrecisionCraft’s in-house firm, M.T.N Design to add and subtract square footage, bedrooms, bathrooms, basements etc. to create your dream log or timber home.

The Washington Harbor
2,366 sq. ft. Livable – 1,586  sq. ft Decks/Patios
This unique layout includes multiple outdoor spaces including an outdoor kitchen and dining area. Explore the floor plan.

The Dakota
2,421 sq. ft. Livable – 626 sq. ft. Garage –  759 sq. ft. Decks/ Patio

Dakota Floor Plan
The Dakota’s open floor plan and vaulted great room space are well suited to capture mountain views.  Get more details.

The Wood River
2,561 sq. ft. Livable – 552 sq. ft. Garage – 1,028 sq. ft. Decks/ Patios

This single level mountain home is inspired by Craftsman style with a characteristic low sloping roofline. See how other homeowners have modified this design.

Floor Plan Spotlight: The Crested Butte

September 14th, 2015

3,055 square feet, 637 sq. ft. Garage, 1,444 sq ft Decks and Patios 

Crested Butte Hybrid Log and Timber Frame Home
This award winning design concept has inspired many log and timber frame homes. Let’s take a look at the features that make the Crested Butte such a popular floor plan.

Crested Butte Structure Sample Construction -Designed as a hybrid log and timber home with square log walls, timber posts and custom timber trusses the Crested Butte has a sophisticated look and feel.


Sample of Crested Butte Log Home Floor Plan


Size and layout – The floor plan itself has many of the most requested features in mountain style home design: an open layout, a main level master suite, a two car attached garage, a mud room and a covered back patio.


Exterior features -A mix of materials, scissor timber trusses, and rooflines make up the Crested Butte’s front elevation. The turret staircase adds additional architectural interest to this showstopping mountain design.

Home inspired by the Crested Butte Log home and timber frame floor plan
Many custom homes, like the one shown, have been built using the Crested Butte as inspiration. To explore the plan in more depth, including additional photos of finished homes, visit the PrecisionCraft website.

Floor Plan Spotlight: The Cascade

June 18th, 2015

2,675 Square Feet, 1,342 Sq Ft Decks and Patios

The Cascade design utilizes a variety of angles and shapes to create a memorable, modern timber frame home.   Floor-to-ceiling glass walls provide light to the entire home and a view from every room. The flow between the great room and covered porch is conducive to an indoor outdoor lifestyle, and can be opened up a large bi-fold glass door. See the Cascade’s layout.

The Cascade is part of PrecisionCraft’s Mountain Modern Design Collection.


Log and Timber Home Summer Reading

May 6th, 2015

Relaxing around the pool, pond or lake? Headed up to the mountains for the weekend? Be sure to charge your tablet or mobile phone and download the latest issues of Rustic Architecture or Elegant Wood Homes before you go.


  • In the Summer 2015 Issue:
    – 3 Feature Home Stories
    – Maintenance of Your Home
    – Focus on: Closets
    – Interior Design: Reclaimed & Recycled
    – Snapshot: North East Pennsylvania
    – Mother-In-Law Quarters
    – A Deeper Look at Sustainability
    – The Many Benefits of SIP Construction
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    – 3 Timber Frame Home Stories
    – The Layout: Garages
    – Complexity of Design
    – The Legacy: More than Beautiful Homes
    – Cottage Lifestyle
    – Building on a Slope
    – The Energy Efficiency: Breath Easier
    – Building for Comfort
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