Definition of "A-frame houses"

Jaime Hart real estate agent
Jaime Hart, Real Estate Agent Watson Realty Corp

In real estate and across the nation, you will see different types of house structures, frames, and aspects. One of those is the A-frame type. This is an architectural style that leans towards the more modern Scandinavian style while also being inspired by the ancient architectural styles from across the world. The simplest A-frame definition can be explained as any structure that follows an A shape or an inverse V shape. Its signature aspect is the roof that has very steep angles that reach the floor or come close to the foundation. The structure itself resembles an A shape or a triangle with two equal sides meeting in the center at the top.

These A-frame houses became more common from the mid-1950s to the late 1970s. The main reason why developers and homeowners leaned towards these types of structures was that the materials required to build them were inexpensive. Another reason for the particular shape is its ability to adapt and its simplicity. The period is also relevant because post-World War II, America experienced a real estate boom, particularly around vacation housing. Americans had more income available to spend on pleasure rather than necessity. If, at the start, people focused on the relative necessity or improving/replacing assets they already had, eventually, vacation homes became a statement for experiencing life to the fullest.

Pros of A-frame Houses

The first aspect we need to talk about is their accessibility. To say that building an A-frame house is cheap would be an understatement when we look at the actual costs of one. As in any type or style of construction, prices can vary depending on size, location, the period of the year (yes, because of the conditions when building them), types of finishing touches, etc. However, we can talk about prices that start from $1,000 are at a medium of $35,000 but can go so much higher. It all depends on what the individual wants.

Many companies sell prefabricated kits for those with the knowledge and abilities to build their own houses. As an added benefit, these types of houses are not challenging to build. If you have a good working crane or can rent one, you’re good to go.

Cons of A-frame Houses

The size and shape of the roof are both an advantage against heavy snowfall and heavy winds and a disadvantage if they are not insulated properly. Not to mention the cost of replacing so much roof when the time comes.

If the house has a second floor, that part of the house will suffer when it comes to decorating. Nothing can really cover them aside from banners, and furniture is impossible to place against them. The only option for wall hanging or leaning furniture is the other two walls, at least up to a certain height.


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