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Tiny Solar A-Frame Cabin

This is a solar a-frame cabin built by AFrame Technologies.

You can see it in multiple stages of construction.

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Tiny Solar A-Frame Cabin

Steel framing for this A-frame cabin.




Interior finished, access to the loft.


The loft view from below.


The catwalk so you can get to and from the other loft.


The exterior finished.


On the other side, covered outdoor area.


The solar panel. Can always add more.


An A-frame can be a simple way to build a structure. What do you think of this one?


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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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    November 5, 2016, 1:39 pm

    Hmm, interesting! The fact that the framework is metal should make this home long lasting. Wish I could see more of the inside to get some kind of idea what it would look like when liveable. Nice work!

    • Natalie
      November 7, 2016, 8:04 am

      Yes I do think the metal is a plus! — Tiny House Talk Team

  • Susanne
    November 5, 2016, 5:58 pm

    Sturdy, yes!!! Hope we see it when finished!

  • Eric
    November 5, 2016, 7:49 pm

    Problem with A frames is while the structure is easier to put together than typical box shaped home it loses a lot of usable space due to wall being angled. And for me that’s a negative so big I wouldn’t even look at an A frame house. And right now, 6 Nov 2016, there is an A frame house for sale not too far from me. Price is so, relatively, cheap yet they are having difficulty moving it to a… dare I say it, sucker?

    • Natalie
      November 7, 2016, 8:04 am

      It’s all persona preference 🙂 — Tiny House Talk Team

      • Doug
        January 25, 2017, 8:04 am

        I live in an A frame and there really isn’t any wasted space unless you just decide to not use it. An A frame is the strongest and cheapest way to build a home and they are quick to put up.

  • Roger
    November 7, 2016, 7:23 am

    My favorite kind of house is like this, a-frame. But I would put a mansard on one side!

  • Tom
    January 17, 2017, 9:07 am

    With these A-frames, so many folks comment that there is “wasted space” due to the “A-shape”. I disagree. All you have to do it bring the wall down vertically, out from the wall, and you have the same design as with a regular “box-shape” and you also create a LOT of storage space and can integrate items into the wall-space, like washers/dryers, etc and not have them taking up floor space out in the room. I would venture to say that if done properly, you have more uncluttered space than with a regular box-shaped house.

    • Natalie
      January 17, 2017, 11:03 am

      That’s super interesting to consider, Tom. I think A-frames are great.

    • Stu
      January 18, 2017, 9:38 pm

      I like the way Tom looks at the “wasted space” of an A-frame. That space is not wasted at all utilizing his suggestions. I live in a geodesic dome where the roof line creates a similar non walkable part of the interior in a loft area. The geometry is different than an A-frame but in what would be my “wasted space” (space I can’t walk without hitting my head!) I have built in storage cabinets, a closet, open shelving for books, etc., many drawers, a home for stereo gear and records, all in all about 60 lineal feet for things that I would otherwise have to find a place for in other parts of the house where ceiling height is not an issue. The negative becomes a plus.
      This A-frame is wider than most I’ve seen. I’d like to know why a metal frame was chosen. From their web-site it looks like they use metal framing in all construction. I do like the way the stairs take advantage of the roof pitch to the loft area. The split loft with the bridge between is cool too. Practical and fun options while still keeping the open feeling of the A. I hope to see it when finished.

      • Natalie
        January 19, 2017, 6:10 am

        Thanks for that, Stu. I agree! It’s good to see creative possibilities!

  • Claude
    January 17, 2017, 10:14 am

    A shape is more resistant than box shape, easier to maintain and easier to add on.

    • Natalie
      January 17, 2017, 10:55 am

      I do think they are fun 🙂

  • Jane
    January 17, 2017, 12:15 pm

    I love a-frames! I want one!!! I live in Pennsylvania, we need 6 inch walls for insulation. Does the metal frame come 6′ ?

  • Jane
    January 17, 2017, 12:16 pm

    What are the outside dimensions?

  • jm
    January 17, 2017, 6:34 pm

    A lot of these in the ski mountains of vermont. Great for big snow…if we ever see it again. But very easy to put up. Mmmm…if someone made a roof unit that ships flat and then opens like a hinge at the top…then put up the end walls (or install pre-fabbed) and finish interior out of the weather. Wouldn’t be that hard.

    • Natalie
      January 19, 2017, 7:17 am

      That sounds very interesting!

    • January 14, 2018, 5:59 pm

      Late in 2017, I saw an article through the tiny house family showing a crane raising an A-frame kit from a folding form. It is amazing how creative construction is getting these days.
      On the bridge walkway, I would like to see protecting sides in case there are animals or children in the house. A fall from such a height would be scary and expensive to recover from.

    January 17, 2017, 9:12 pm

    I am not a big fan of the A – frame design, but I will admit it is a very attractive house…!

  • kid cardona
    January 17, 2017, 10:14 pm

    I like A frame style homes. simple to build and offer a more open roomy look. I do not like ladder like stairs, so for me, I would figure out a better stair system then what was shown. over all nice home. Would look good on my ranch in Texas.

    • Natalie
      January 19, 2017, 7:11 am

      Oooh that sounds awesome 🙂

  • Glen
    January 18, 2017, 6:48 am

    It is 3 different models with no interior pics?

    • Natalie
      January 19, 2017, 7:00 am

      I think it’s just one model, showing the building process.

  • Michael
    September 3, 2019, 8:46 pm

    First, how come we are looking at stuff that’s 3 years old? Second, why call that a “Solar” a-frame? The tiny little pair of panels on a post are no more than 200 watts total. If you used all LED lights that would keep the lights on for about 12 hours; maybe. Wouldn’t run a fridge or freezer or a micro wave or pretty much any other appliance. That “solar” power system could be in any yard of any house. Has nothing to do with the A-Frame design, which is a shame, because I’d like to see someone take advantage of all that sloped roof.

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