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Alberta A-Frame Small Home Design

As part of his celebration of Canada’s 150th anniversary, here is the Alberta A-Frame Cottage design by Robinson Residential.

The Alberta cottage is an ‘A’ frame in the “Times New Roman Style”. A frames were very popular in the 60’s and 70’s as they were a pretty simple structure that went up fast and did not take a lot of framing skills or materials. The look of an A frame became what many thought of as a cottage at that time.

One of the biggest hurdles designing them was finding a way to incorporate the stairs between the levels, as headroom was decreased on the top floor. In this plan, I have made the cottage a back to front split so that the stairs are essentially a hallway connecting the spaces. The kitchen is at the lowest level and has a large eating island. The bathroom and laundry are also on this floor. Storage would be built into the sloped exterior walls. Up a few feet is a living room with a very high ceiling and lots of rear facing windows. Above the kitchen we have the bedroom which has it’s own private exterior balcony.

While not tiny, this is a small cottage that should offer lots of storage, abundant windows and the cabin atmosphere that only an A frame can provide.

Check out the plans below and head over to Robinson Residential to purchase yours today!

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Alberta A-Frame Small Home Design

Want to purchase the designs? Head over to Robinson Residential!


$1,000.00 — The Alberta-600 small home plan is a 60’s vintage ‘A’ frame in the Times New Roman Style! Stairs in an A frame can be problematic so we have designed this cabin as a back to front split level. This unique floor plan features:

Main level with a spacious eat-in kitchen, bath and laundry
2nd level rear facing living room with a high vaulted ceiling and high windows
3rd level has the bedroom with a private balcony


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Natalie C. McKee

Natalie C. McKee is a contributor for Tiny House Talk and the Tiny House Newsletter. She's a wife, and mama of three little kids. She and her family are homesteaders with sheep, goats, chickens, ducks and quail on their happy little acre.

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  • Tom Osterdock
    May 26, 2017, 8:05 pm

    This one looks very interesting.

  • keepyourpower
    May 26, 2017, 11:58 pm

    Had to laugh! Times New Roman is a font! Then I see the picture..yep..that is a Times New Roman “A”.

    • Natalie C. McKee
      May 29, 2017, 4:14 pm

      It is pretty similar 🙂

  • Cathy A Oehler
    May 27, 2017, 12:44 am

    Adorable home. I would love to live there as I am drawn to A Frames. And having a career in teaching, perfect A.

    • Natalie C. McKee
      May 29, 2017, 4:13 pm

      I love A-frames as well 🙂 Something different!

  • Gord.
    August 2, 2017, 1:33 pm

    I built a cabin for trapping living out in the bush in the winter months.It was great cause I used the ‘A’ frame idea BUT I raised it up higher to have kitchen living room and dining area also a place for the trapping needs and also living with out BANGING in the roof.It work great,No snow could stay on the the roof.And with wood cooking also wood heating along with propane cooking and heating which would be handy in certain times also had propanes lighting and also kerosine lantern with napa gas latern which is nice also hooked up solar lighting for backup.I had this till a forest fire burned it down. 🙁 So I know all about living tiny houses,as they say been there done that.So must say that ‘A’ house looks great for being a ALBERTA tiny house. 😉

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