Friday Cabins #5: Build This A-frame for Just $2,500
Unconventional A-frame cabins from around the world, testing traditions with beautiful results
Photo courtesy Elevated Spaces
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Photo courtesy Elevated Spaces
Jeff Waldman and Molly Fiffer of California-based cabin company Elevated Spaces recently built a tiny A-frame in the Santa Cruz mountains, and have been generous enough to share the plans and building specs with the public via their etsy shop. The 120 square foot A-frame is the perfect size for a backyard retreat, at-home office, or kid's playhouse. It’s easy on the eyes, and the wallet too, Waldman estimates it costs just $2,500 to build!
The design of the A-Frame and corresponding plans packages (which includes everything from 400 photos of the build process, a materials list, and a 3D model) is designed specifically with beginner builders in mind. The whole micro cabin cna be put up by just a couple novice builders in a weekend or two, and while as-built the design is fully off-grid, it's fairly easy to wire it with up with conduit if needed. Pretty rad!
Image by Parham Taghioff
This Iranian A-frame combines contemporary and traditional building techniques for a structure that is equally familiar to the area as it is innovative. Designed by Shaygan Gostar Architectural Group, the A-frame proposes a new housing model for the surrounding area, a village outside the city of Nur, Iran. Faced with a changing climate and incoming development, the area is searching for a new architectural aesthetic, and the Wicker A-frame is one possibility.
Structurally, the Wicker House is like any other A-frame-made up layers of wood, insulation, and sheet metal make up a triangular body. But this time, a roof made of a combination of thatch, straw, and clay-a technique long used in the area-was placed on top. The thatch both helps to protect from inclement weather and marries the A-frame to the surrounding vernacular architecture.
Inside, the A-frame takes after the contemporary A-frames of today, with cozy wood paneling, floor-to-ceiling windows, and a wood stove in the corner. More of an educational model and outpost than an AirBnb, the Wicker House shows us how architecture can adapt while respecting its roots, to prepare for the future.
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