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Mark Hooker’s 8×12 Amazing Folding A-frame Design

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Mark Hooker has shared this amazing folding A-frame cabin design as part of our 2015 8×12 tiny house design contest.

The end walls are detached and there is a solid 8×12 floor made with 3 4x8s.

There are six separate side wall pieces. And three hinge under and over the floor for shipping.

This design can be put on wheels or on a foundation and you can cut windows and doors to your own liking. What do you think?

Mark Hooker’s 8×12 Amazing Folding A-frame Design


Images © Mark Hooker


Images © Mark Hooker

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  • Bev
    April 3, 2015, 11:16 am

    I like this home because it can be designed as each owner desires. Very innovative and creative.

  • Susanne
    April 5, 2015, 10:07 am

    Amazing!!! I have just been wondering lately if an A-Frame could be made to travel! Because of the advantage of the roof also being the walls as mentioned in another post. 🙂

  • Joyce
    April 5, 2015, 11:12 am

    When you fold the triangle ends are they over or under a roof panel? I understand the roof panels and floor panels folding or even unhinged for stacking. Perhaps I am missing a point of building the end triangle walls separately. Sorry, I am not good with patterns.

  • CeCe
    April 5, 2015, 9:26 pm

    It’s just a pup tent made with wood. I’d be concerned about rain leakage on the peak and at each corner seam. No eaves would make this structure susceptible to the elements, especially in a windy situation.

  • April 6, 2015, 12:29 pm

    The biggest problem with folding units is wall/roof/floor thicknesses.

    Windows and doors with trim have “thicknesses”. Therefore the engineering required to allow these pieces to fold down and lay flat on top of each other must be calculated to incorporate the thicknesses of the parts.

    THEN, there’s the whole idea of re-setting it up everywhere you go and how to keep water out, how to keep seal up the envelope. While this might make a great place to camp, or a hide-out for the cousins to spend the night in while visiting on summer vacation, not such a livable idea for adults.

    Thanks for sharing, though.

  • April 8, 2015, 12:20 am

    You caught my interest with “Folding” A Frame.
    Love the idea. There must be a way to weatherproof the seams.
    Very creative!!!

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