Many people consider A-frames to be the quintessential vacation home. Their distinctively shaped roofs shed snow easily and blend in perfectly with any surrounding mountain peaks, and their welcoming profiles evoke images of cozy fires and hot chocolate after long days spent outdoors.
However, even if you don't live in the mountains, the simplicity of an A-frame design matches perfectly with the simplicity of small home living. If the minimalist style appeals to you, check out these rustic but refined designs!
1. Cozy A-frame cottage from Home Plans
Measuring 916 square feet (85 square meters), this cozy cottage from Home Plans has two stories that are illuminated by a huge bank of windows. The open concept living and dining room features an inviting fireplace, and the bathroom can be accessed through either the laundry room or the master bedroom. The U-shaped kitchen puts everything you need at your fingertips, and opens to the dining room to make meal time easy. The loft upstairs can be used as a second bedroom, an office space, or even a media room.
2. One bedroom craftsman A-frame from Floor Plans
At 535 square feet (50 square meters), this craftsman design from Floor Plans feels much larger than it is thanks to the huge windows as well as a couple of skylights. The first floor of the home is dedicated to a large kitchen, a living room with a wood burning stove, a laundry room, and a bathroom with a tub. The bedroom is found upstairs in the loft, made bright and airy by a vaulted ceiling.
3. A-frame with ample outdoor living space from Cool House Plans
This plan from Cool House Plans comes in at 734 square feet (68 square meters), but it offers a ton of outdoor living space as well. In addition to the spacious lower deck, the home also features a deck accessible from the loft upstairs. The first floor is made up of a roomy kitchen with a breakfast bar, an open concept living and dining room with vaulted ceilings, and a full bathroom with a tub.
4. Simple A-frame cabin from Family Home Plans
Measuring 823 square feet (76 square meters), this design from Family Home Plans is simplicity at its best. Enter the home from the deck, and be greeted by a large living room with a wood-burning stove. Walk straight through the living to access the master bedroom, through which you can get to the full bathroom with space for a washer and a dryer. Climb the spiral staircase to access the loft upstairs, which has potential to be used as a hobby space, an office, or a second bedroom.
5. Yakutat A-frame home from House Plans and More
At 618 square feet (57 square meters), this design from House Plans and More is reminiscent of a Swiss ski chalet. A cathedral ceiling with exposed rafters gives the house lots of character, and the upstairs loft makes a perfect second bedroom. The tiny kitchen won't be for everyone, but if you're not a passionate chef then the roominess of the bedroom and the living room will more than make up for the cramped cooking quarters.
6. A-frame with lots of storage space from Floor Plans
This wonderfully cozy A-frame from Floor Plans measures 908 square feet (84 square meters), and it features a sizable living room with vaulted ceilings, a lovely breakfast nook in the kitchen, and decks on both the front and back of the home. Somehow, the designer has also squeezed in a ton of dedicated storage space! The upstairs loft has an unlimited number of possible uses, and the sizable wood stove in the living room will make sure the house is always nice and cozy.
7. A-frame with wraparound deck from Architectural Designs
This compact little cottage Architectural Design comes in at 582 square feet (54 square meters). It's best suited to a one or two person occupancy; the only bedroom is in the upstairs loft. The first floor is taken up with a living area that takes full advantage of the large windows, as well as a kitchen with an eating bar. A laundry room and a bathroom are both found just off the kitchen, and the gorgeous wraparound deck ensures that you'll always have an excuse to spend time outside.