A Frame Style

Characterized by steep sloped sides, the A frame home came to be in the mid 1930's when Austrian, Rudolph Schindler designed one for his vacation abode in California. From the 1950's-1970's, this type of home became quite popular and referred to as the 'do it yourself dream-come-true home for the middle class.' The A frame soon popped us as hot dog stands, liquor stores and churches around the country before the fad faded away. But I love the ones that still stand...or were made anew. 

The advantage to the A Frame is snow and debris moves off the roof easily, offering low maintenance. Plus, the striking design is an immediate eye pleaser and conversation space. Yet because of the shape, it offers much less storage. 

In this version, they added a rectangular room to the triangular shape and it works beautifully. I love the large windows looking out into the wilderness. I doubt I could keep it that clean and tidy though...

What a wonderful idea to build bookshelves into your A frame. There seems to be an inherent coziness to an A frame room, doesn't there? I think lots of blankets, pillows and texture work beautifully here.

These next two rooms don't have the steep angles of the A Frame but still take advantage of that wonderful angled roofline. I love the exposed beams as it adds such depth and character to the rooms. 

For those who don't have enough artwork on their empty walls, the A frame can work quite nicely. The walls just speak for themselves, no need to add a thing...

I think the fun part would be deciding which light fixture to hang from the middle. This chandelier is quite charming and rustic above, fitting the tone of the space. 

This stunning modern version is the Allandale House.  

Ah, coziness and prettiness. Wouldn't this be delightful? 


Photos: Apartment Therapy; Desire to Inspire; House and Home;; Maxwan Architects;      Content: Sweet Peach

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Reader Comments (3)

I am about to begin a remodel project on an a-frame house in Phoenix, AZ I'm still working with an architect and structural engineer but hope to begin construction soon. The downside is that I am closing off the loft upstairs, the upside is that there will still be 13 foot ceilings upstairs and the downstairs will be a giant open room.

I have a website to chronicle the process and maybe once its finished I can send you guys pics. Check out my A-frame House

August 21, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterPhoenix A-Frame House

Good luck on your project!

August 22, 2012 | Registered CommenterSweet Peach

These are stunning examples of the A-Frame home! Thanks for sharing.

August 24, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterTania Welch | indobay

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