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The Hunter Greenhouse: Flat-Top A-Frame in New York

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Built in 1971, this a-frame has a flat-top, which creates a more heat-efficient space. But don’t worry, it doesn’t feel at all like a 70’s time warp when you walk inside!

Instead, Danielle and Ely have transformed the place, lovingly called “The Greenhouse,” into a boho-chic vacation property, nestled on three acres in the Catskill Mountains.

The place features three bedrooms, a completely decked-out kitchen, and two bathrooms with lovely subway tiles. You can book your stay over at Airbnb, or follow it on Instagram here.

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Family A-Frame Rental in the Catskill Mountains

The huge windows and white paint make this place airy and bright.

There’s lots of space in the living area as well.

View from the kitchen under the loft.

Anyone else really want one of those swing seats?

Perfect spot to dine as a family.

The kitchen has all the amenities.

The plants on the wall are a lovely touch.

Here’s one of the bedrooms complete with a hammock.

Now that’s an exciting spot to nap!

The aesthetic here is so peaceful.

The pop of color in this nook is perfect.

Here’s the bathroom with lovely subway tiles.

And a sleek walk-in shower.

Another room with another swing!

More lovely decor choices.

And another room! Bring the whole family.

Now that’s a nifty curtain rod.

Would you enjoy staying here?


  • Hiking in the summer
  • Skiing in the winter
  • Mountain fresh air and dark, starry nights
  • Three bed two bath 1971 flat roof A-frame
  • Tannersville, NY in the heart of the Catskills
  • Fully equipped kitchen
  • More coffee brewing devices than are probably necessary
  • Avalon Organics bath products
  • Arecord player, board games, books, and an internet/Netflix enabled TV.
  • All linens (towels, sheets, duvets) are by Parachute Home.
  • *Please note air conditioning is only in the bedrooms (nothing better than a cold room and a cozy duvet)

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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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  • Karen Blackburn
    November 12, 2020, 9:19 am

    Certainly lopping off the top makes the space more practical and usable. It would also enable someone, using the same idea, to incorporate a downstairs bedroom as well as upstairs rooms for visitors etc. I am looking to build a tiny home just for me but the living area in my case will become an office/art studio/crafting room and a tiny kitchen and bedroom plus bathroom will be extras. Something like this would be ideal as the upstairs can be used both as storage but also accommodation for visitors without disturbing me living below when they are here (or me disturbing them).

    • Natalie C. McKee
      November 12, 2020, 2:19 pm

      That’s such a great point.

  • Bill McGrath
    November 12, 2020, 10:00 am

    I used to own one of these kit houses in the 80’s in New Jersey.
    After redesigning and updating the leaky roof and replacing the end windows and heat
    this was a very efficient house and a real joy.
    Had to sell in 1995 because business took me out of state.
    Somewhere along the way, I lost the plans.
    I hope to duplicate it in TN in 2021.
    would love to find the manufacturer!

    • Natalie C. McKee
      November 12, 2020, 2:18 pm

      Oh I hope you find those! It’s such a cool design.

  • Shelley
    November 12, 2020, 12:03 pm

    I love the feel of this house. It seems open and airy while still keeping a cozy atmosphere. Very well done!

    • Natalie C. McKee
      November 12, 2020, 2:15 pm

      Yes I’m impressed how cozy it felt!

  • RightUp Designs
    November 12, 2020, 2:18 pm

    Oh, this is beautiful!! I just adore it. This is exactly the sort of thing I want to build (and like Karen Blackburn, I plan to use it as a storage/workshop with guest room–I make and sell custom wood furniture and home decor; I’m planning to make some hanging chairs myself, though mine are/will be more squared-off/Craftsman/modern-type than the curved wicker/rattan–though I also use bamboo. Hmm. Maybe a bamboo hanging chair for my back porch…).

    I’ve been thinking of building A-frame for a while, but I want to use CMUs/cement so it will serve as a storm shelter, too, and you can’t really do that with CMUs or ICFs. This cut-off A-frame might be exactly the thing!

  • Bill McGrath
    November 13, 2020, 5:23 pm

    I have re-drawn the frames, Floor Supports and Roof Beams adding in some structural modifications.
    The connections between the Floor/Roof beams and the Side walls is unique. They consist of two(2) Grade 8 machine bolts (5/8″ dia) with thick fender washers on each end. A circular 1/4″ kerf 2-1/2″ diameter surrounds each bolt hole. A piece of sch 80 (zinc coated or Stainless Steel 304) is placed in the mating kerfs to handle all the shear loads. By having two(2) of these per joint, the beam is secure. The bolts are there to make sure the joint doesn’t come apart.
    Although I am a Naval Architect and familiar with structures, I am having a PE check and certify the construction. We are looking at laminated beams for the sidewalls and for the Roof beams so we can increase the span.
    The original house had 2 x 8 T&G siding with 2 inch polyisocyanurate. I am looking to replace this with a 3 x 10 multi T&G fir.

  • Eric
    August 24, 2021, 1:38 am

    Unless I’m mistaken the windows a single panes… that means its very, very, very cold in the Winter Months.

    It’s a no from me.

    • James D.
      August 24, 2021, 11:51 am

      Choices of windows mainly effects the efficiency and not necessarily whether it will be effective or not. For example, with a good enough heat source you can remain warm even in a tent in the middle of a blizzard.

      While single pane doesn’t necessarily mean there’s no insulation value at all, just that it won’t be high but until fairly recently even triple pane still had single digit R-Value.

      Typical options gives the following…

      Type of Glass – R Value

      Single Pane regular glass – 0.85
      Clear Insulated Glass 7/8 inch overall thickness – 2.08
      Hard Coat Low-E insulated glass – 2.45
      Hard Coat Low-E insulated glass with argon – 2.75
      Soft Coat Low-E insulated Glass – 3.50
      Soft Coat Low-E insulated glass with argon – 4.35

      Some of the newer high end windows are adding more than three panes now, with some new technology that’s more effective, and are finally starting to get some serious R-Value but there are also other factors like how air-tight the structure is, how good the heating system, the type of heating system as options like heated floors and radiant heaters can be more effective than furnace air heating at making you feel warm, among other differences, and other factors like how the placement of the structure effects its exposure to the sun, etc.

      Regardless, note the lack of any condensation on the windows… If they were just glass then that wouldn’t be the case in the middle of winter… So there’s at least some insulation factor there…

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