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Design from A to Z: A is for A-Frame

by Allison Burt-Tilden

Though it may immediately bring to mind images of Alpine skiing chalets, the A-Frame is an ancient design originally found in Europe, Asia and even the Pacific Islands. Its steeply pitched roof not only gave it its name, but served residents well in areas that saw lots of rain and/or snow. Architects such as Andrew Geller, Henrik H. Bull, George Rockrise and more, helped the A-frame gain popularity in the 1950s as they began to utilize the design for vacation homes.

Due to the A-frame’s low construction costs and adaptability to different designs and terrain, it wasn’t long before retailers like Macy’s began selling prefabricated A-frame kits, which helped the style maintain popularity through the 1970s. Building on that nostalgia — and coupled with its versatility — the A-frame is popular once again with those looking for a unique getaway spot (and homeowners alike). —Allison

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We explore our love for the classic architectural style with its signature pitched roof and long lines. From rustic to modern, we're crazy about A-Frames!
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One of the great things about A-Frame designs is how versatile they are. This adorable, rustic cabin is akin to a tiny house and provides just enough room to accommodate the adventurous glamper.
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This A-frame home is what is known as a modified A-Frame, which is exactly what it sounds like: an traditional A-Frame plan that's been modified in some way. In this case, the front half of the home is a true A-Frame while additional floors were added on to the rear of the home later as the original owner's family grew.
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An optional benefit of the A-Frame is floor-to-ceiling windows! In this case, the entire front of the home is paneled with glass panes which allows for lovely views and ample light for indoor plants.
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The A-Frame's titular slope can make for decorating challenges, but it's nothing a little creativity can't handle as evidenced in this kitchen with its angled shelving.
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This A-Frame cabin is a classic example of the mid-century modern vacation home that catapulted the style to fame and is probably what springs to mind for most people when thinking of A-Frames. It's hard not to see the charm!
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Perhaps the best thing about A-Frame homes are the seemingly endless possibilities! Here, a classic mid-century home has gotten a modern-minimalist style update. (via Apartment Therapy)

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