31 Modern “A-Frame House” Ideas for Your Weekend Getaways

A-frame homes are making a comeback. These cozy buildings are simple structures where the sloped sides of the A-shaped roof form two of the home’s walls. A wide first floor tapers to a peak at the second (and sometimes third) floor, creating angles not usually seen in typical homes.

The triangular shape, large windows, and high ceilings make this architectural design wonderfully different from other homes on the market. However, there are a few quirks to know about before moving into one.

Many A-frames have large windows in the back and the front, with some designs adding even more brightness with skylights. All of this natural light creates an open and airy feeling, making even the smallest A-frame feel larger.

Open concept living with high ceilings may not be the most optimal design for good airflow. Rising heat can make an A-frame house’s bottom floor cold in the winter and the top floor too warm in the summer.

A warmer climate or an A-frame building with a fireplace will necessitate proper ventilation for heat to escape or distribute more evenly throughout the home. Luckily, this can be achieved with a ceiling fan or floor fans.

As for utility bills, your electric bill may be a bit higher with baseboard heat, but it’s shouldn’t be astronomical as long as your home has quality airflow. Oftentimes, radiant heating is a smart option for rooms with tall ceilings.

There’s a reason A-frame buildings are found in and around ski towns; a sloped roof prevents excess snow and ice build-up.

Accumulated snow can be quite heavy, putting stress on a roof that can damage shingles or the building itself. An A-frame house (especially one with a metal roof) avoids dangerous snow buildup with the power of gravity.

In rainy seasons or climates, however, pay attention to the grading around the house. Many A-frames don’t have rain gutters, making it vital to ensure water doesn’t pool or drain poorly around the home’s foundation.

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