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A Frame Cabin 14x14

 
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Hey folks,

I was recently asked by a client to design a small inexpensive A Frame cabin that could sleep 5 and can be built by someone with basic construction skills.

This is the design I came up with which is based on a 14x14 foot print and can be built for under $2000. Even less if you use recycled materials.

This would make a nice cabin, guest house, off-grid home, office, workshop, or recreation cabin and being under 200 sqft it can be built as a shed in most rural counties without a permit.

Here is the video and I hope it gives people some ideas:



This video is shot in HD so for best viewing change the youtube setting to 480P or 720 HD and watch in full screen.

LaMar
 
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Lamar-
I think this is a fantastic design. I have been strongly considering a smallish A-Frame for myself and I proceeded to gather several hundred photos
of A-Frame cabins and I created a gallery here for ideas and inspiration...

A-Frame structures.

https://plus.google.com/photos/105494361754784276175/albums/5867138043191417633?banner=pwa

Interestingly the US Forresty Service in Alaska has built about 60 or 70 AFrame cabins for hunters and hikers and I am hoping
to get a copy of their drawings which should be public domain.

Take a look at the gallery and let me know if you see anything interesing and unique
Thanks
Scott in Atlanta
 
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I really like this, I was thinking a bit smaller, but we may go this size if I can find some deals on used materials.
 
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thanks for posting this... im new here, like the site! i want to build with slip form stone as i have loads on my 20 acre hillside... ive been thinking about different options to start small to have a place to crash now and add on to the building later. ive never considered this design. I would agree it could be done WELL under $2k, having built things with salvage material myself. It would be a great start to add on to if i carefully choose where and what direction to build, which is an important factor addition or no addition.... I'm the king of unfinished projects OH, i think you should always build bigger if you can... you will wish you had the space later unless you are a TRUE minimalist, ive only ever met one that wasnt homeless.

EDIT: one other thought.... i cant think of the correct builders term for the short vertical walls on the interior BUT those could be eliminated and there could be a larger livable interior space if it was a barn style roof instead of A frame. And it wouldnt compromise the low cost.
 
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i was just thinking about this as i need to come up with a temporary storage solution... One way to save big on costs would be to, at least, partially frame with rough timber, which i will most likely do since it will only cost my sweat and gas for the saw (i have loads of cedar). if/when i do this project, i will start my own thread instead of hi-jacking yours LaMar. thanks for the photo gallery scott, i'd like to see those plans if you can get them. of all those pics, i dont think i saw a single one with a ridge beam... any builders out there have an opinion on that? im thinking use of a ridge beam when building with rough timber would be helpful, especially since im usually a one man team.
 
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