9 A-Frame Houses Built for Outdoor Enthusiasts

A-frame treehouse with deck

 Treehouse A-Frame at Shasta Lake

When it comes to different architectural housing styles, there is arguably nothing as iconic as A-frame homes. And it is no wonder because they have been around for centuries. Here in the states, they became wildly popular at the start of the mid-century as vacation houses. If you are not in the know, abodes like these are famously known for their relaxed rustic vibes and steeply pitched roofs. Both qualities make these resilient houses reasonably inexpensive to build—not to mention 100% Insta-worthy. We gathered our favorite examples of A-frames homes so you could learn more.

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    Mid-Century A-Frame Lake House With Large Windows

    Charming midcentury cabin in the woods
    Glamping Hub

    One of the top characteristics of these homes is their capital "A" shape. But there are several more features make these quirky houses simply irresistible to many. One of our favorites? Large windows that nearly run floor to ceiling, as shown in this example,spotted on Glamping Hub.

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  • 02 of 09

    Tiny DIY A-Frame Cabin

    Tiny A-Frame Cabin
    Relax Shacks

    DIYers love A-frame cabins because they are simple to build. This one by Relax Shacks costs less than $1,200. The structure's high ceilings, a hallmark of the housing style, help this small space feel open and airy.

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    Short and Single Floor A-Frame House

    elegant midcentury vacation home
    Glamping Hub

    While the typical A-frame appears tall and narrow from the outside, some types like this one featured on Glamping Hub, are broader and a little lower to the ground. This home forfeits extra living space in the form of a loft for high ceilings. Note how it sits on top of a wood deck. Many A-frames homes like this one are built on stilts instead of having foundations embedded in the ground. It is a great way to keep rodents and vermin out while providing protection from excess moisture and flooding. Contributors at Houzz also point out that building a home off the ground allows for greater ventilation helping the house to naturally warm and cool throughout the day. This could potentially lower heating and cooling costs.

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    Treehouse A-Frame at Shasta Lake

    A-frame treehouse with deck
    Treehouse A-Frame at Shasta Lake

    Most A-frames are small dwellings constructed from wood. The combination makes them reasonably lightweight so they can be constructed in places where much larger brick and mortar homes will not work. Case in point: the Treehouse A-frame at Shasta Lake. The 740-square-foot house built in 1967 hovers among the trees, thanks to a spacious wood deck placed on a tall platform.

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  • 05 of 09

    A-Frame Houses Often Have Wood Interiors

    bedroom in A-Frame treehouse
    Treehouse A-Frame at Shasta Lake

    Here is an interior peek at the Treehouse A-frame at Shasta Lake. Many of these abodes have wood walls and ceilings that seal the deal on their rustic, cabin vibes. The second-floor loft space in most A-frames is reserved for the primary bedroom, which overlooks the main living area, as shown. It is essential to mention that the upper level of a typical A-frame house has considerably less square footage than the floor below. That is because of the home's steeply pitched roof.

    About This Term: Primary Bedroom

    Many real estate associations as well as the Real Estate Standards Organization have classified the term "Master Bedroom" as potentially discriminatory. "Primary Bedroom" is the name now widely used among the real estate community and better reflects the purpose of the room.

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    Classic A-frame Living Room With Wood Burning Stove

    living room in A-frame treehouse
    Treehouse A-Frame at Shasta Lake

    The main living area in the Treehouse A-frame at Shasta Lake is considerable roomy. Carefully thought out furniture placements optimizes the sloped ceilings, a standard feature in homes like these. Ceiling height for the lower level can vary in A-frame houses. Here it is roughly a little more than eight feet. Because of the home's small footprint, a cozy wood-burning stove, a common staple in rustic abodes, reduces the need for other and more expensive types of heating.

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    Enchanting A-Frame on a Natural Stone Foundation

    exterior shot of A-Frame house on large lot

    Boulder Garden A-Frame / Instagram

    This gorgeous A-frame called the Boulder Garden was built in 1968 and later renovated in 2019. As its name implies, it is flanked by boulders. It also sits on top of a natural stone foundation. The charming 900 square foot house features two bedrooms and two bathrooms, making it ideal for two adults or a small family of four. We already mentioned that A-frame homes are known for their large front-facing windows. The front of this structure is nothing but glass providing occupants with endless and ever-changing views of the stunning landscape.

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    Classic A-Frame Interior Built for Function and Enjoyment

    interior shot of spiral staircase in a-frame house

    Boulder Garden A-Frame / Instagram

    Inside the Boulder Garden A-frame is a lovely rustic interior carved out by the steeply-angled roofline. The home's original wood beams were stained a deep rich espresso brown for a splash of beautiful contrast. A spiral staircase, which is also another original feature, adds function while making the most of the home's compact square footage. Topping things off is the natural stone fireplace that enhances the abode's vintage character.

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  • 09 of 09

    A-Frame Built for Glamping

    Romantic A-Frame Cabin
    Glamping Hub

    We spotted this pint-size A-frame cabin on Glamping Hub. The adorable little space is a desert retreat built for relaxing. The exterior glass wall opens up to the great outdoors, marrying both the indoor and outdoor spaces. The rustic wood interior has just enough space for a queen-sized bed.