Classic Design for a Low-Budget A-Frame

Classic Design for a Low-Budget A-Frame

Back in the late ’60s, the American Plywood Association put out a series of books with plans for small houses.

Great Ideas for Second Homes: A Portfolio of 20 Distinguished New Designs in Plywood Paperback by American Plywood Association 1969 - Classic Design for a Low-Budget A-Frame – Project Small House
Great Ideas for Second Homes: A Portfolio of 20 Distinguished New Designs in Plywood Paperback
by American Plywood Association 1969

Great Ideas for Second Homes: A Portfolio of 20 Distinguished New Designs in Plywood Paperback
by American Plywood Association 1969

The book has been out of print for a long time, but you can still get it used on Amazon or eBay.

Classic Design for a Low-Budget A-Frame – Project Small House
House Plans – Classic Design for a Low-Budget A-Frame

This A-Frame is a favorite plan from this book.

A-Frame on Ski Mountain in Gatlinburg - Classic Design for a Low-Budget A-Frame – Project Small House
A-Frame on Ski Mountain in Gatlinburg

We spent a week in a very similar A-Frame. It was on Ski Mountain in Gatlinburg, Tennessee.
The cabin is gone now. It was one of the houses that burned down in the 2016 Great Smoky Mountains wildfires. More than 2000 buildings burned.

House Plans - Classic Design for a Low-Budget A-Frame - Classic Design for a Low-Budget A-Frame – Project Small House
House Plans – Classic Design for a Low-Budget A-Frame

Classic Design for a Low-Budget A-Frame

This skillfully detailed version of the once radically different A-frame has been worked out to  give you maximum living space and convenience on a minimum building budget.

The plans call for a slightly elevated structure with a dramatic glass outlook to bring the whole view inside the house.

The living area is centered around a fireplace (plans call for a prefab unit) and the kitchen area is close by.

The plan is laid out for one bedroom down and a spacious sleeping loft up.

Textured On-Eleven plywood (panels with deep parallel grooves) is applied with the textured face down to provide a handsome ceiling effect.


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House Plans - Classic Design for a Low-Budget A-Frame – Project Small House
House Plans – Classic Design for a Low-Budget A-Frame
Classic Design for a Low-Budget A-Frame – Project Small House
Classic Design for a Low-Budget A-Frame – Project Small House