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Jack and Rylie lost their jobs in 2020, moved out of California, and back to Jack’s home state of Minnesota. That’s when Jack got to work building an A-frame retreat cabin on family land. He completed the build in 7 days for well under $2,500.

The cabin is primarily a “glamping” set-up, with a twin-sized bed, couch, propane cooktop, and wood stove. They typically come to this spot for weekend stays, and love getting away from it all.

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They Built This A-Frame in 7 Days for under $2,500!

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This is a beautiful A-Frame cabin designed and built in Grand Marais, Minnesota with inspiration from the owner’s trip to Argentina. The modern simplicity is eco-friendly (solar-powered!) and takes you right back to nature with its surroundings and huge windows.

The off-grid cabin has a bucket-fed outdoor shower as well as an outhouse with a composting toilet. Inside there’s a loft bedroom and a fun netted loft lounge where you can read a book or take a nap. What do you think?

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Modern A-Frame with Netted Loft Lounge in Grand Marais, Minnesota

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Get ready for a lovely tour of this A-Frame (plus an addition) tiny house that sits on a lake in Switzerland, about 2 hours outside of Berlin. The off-grid boat house runs on minimal solar power without running water, Wi-Fi, or much phone connection, giving you a chance to unplug.

When you walk in, there’s an open living and dining space on the waterside of the home. Against the trees, you’ll find the micro kitchen (with a stovetop and fridge) and the bathroom with an RV-style toilet. Up the ladder sits two bedroom areas and can sleep up to four. There’s a video tour from a couple who stayed in the cabin at the end of the post.

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All-Wood Cabin on a Lake Near Berlin

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Images via Airbnb/Robert

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This “treeframe” cabin (a blend of a treehouse and A-frame) sits in Washington state near a gorgeous river. The home has all kinds of luxurious amenities, including heated bathroom floors!

There are lovely forest views out the wall of windows, and a small deck where you can sip coffee and breathe in nature. Inside there’s a full kitchen, cozy living area with a stove and a loft bedroom. It also has a solid 5 stars on Airbnb, so they must be on to something!

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This Modern Aframe Even Has a Hot Tub!

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Images via Nick/Airbnb

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Here’s another great set of plans from LaMar! These will help you build an 8×8 A-Frame, which can make an awesome little hunting cabin, outdoor office, chicken coop or even a micro tiny house if you have an outhouse of some sort.

It comes with step-by-step photo instructions that LaMar posted to Instructables. He also has a video showing the plans in 3D. Would you build this?

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8×8 AFrame Plan Instructions!

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Here’s a fun spot to unwind for a weekend getaway! This adorable A-frame looks like it was based on some of Deek’s A-Frame plans, and the result is a great off-grid glamping cabin.

It sits on a little farmette where there are ducks and chickens and fresh strawberries. The nearby water and overgrown foliage provide a home for local wildlife.

Take a look at it below! I want to build one now.

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Off-Grid Glamping in a Waterside A-Frame

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Images via Hipcamp/Jae

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We’ve introduced you to LaMar Alexander’s A-Frame Plans before, but it’s always fun to see a fully-finished build based off of the PDF plans. Our reader, Blitztog, sent in some pictures of the A-frame he built using the plans. It was a “spare time project” for him, and the building sits in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan.

Take a look at the pictures below, and buy the plans yourself here.

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14×14 A-Frame Cabin Vacation Spot

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Images via Blitztog

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Some months back we showed you the Tye Haus, but here is one of her sister dwellings, the Foss Haus — another spectacular a-frame hand built in 1978. The home sits among lovely Douglas firs and is a secluded vacation spot for a family.

This is an ideal resting spot for hikers and adventurers, as you’re just minutes away from plenty of outdoor activities. But if you just want to stay snuggled in all day, the wood-burning gas stove, game cabinet and a good book should keep you more than happy! Plus, this house is pet-friendly with a $50 pet fee, which is awesome if you like to bring your pup on vacation. Enjoy the photo tour below and book your stay on Airbnb.

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Vacation in the Firs: Foss Haus A-Frame

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Images via Airbnb

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Here’s another A-Frame inspired by Deek Diedricksen’s plans. Because of the hot weather in Missouri, they decided to frame in the expansion and it makes for some great extra space — very clever adaptation!

You can book your stay here on Airbnb. There’s a nearby bathroom cabin with enclosed outdoor showers and private toilet/sink areas, as well as an outdoor kitchen with gas and charcoal grills, a microwave and gas camp stove.

For an additional fee, you can rent a kid’s tepee tent and make it a family vacation (the a-frame holds a queen-sized bed). Want to build your own? Get the plans here!

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Glamp in a Dierdricksen-inspired A-Frame on Hidden Pond!

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Images via Airbnb

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