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I feel like the rise of Scandinavian style interiors has also given rise to the popularity of A-frame houses. The Scandinavian aesthetic is all about clean lines, natural materials, and minimalism, which coincidentally are also characteristics of an A-frame. From architects to actresses to bloggers, this style house is stealing many hearts. Therefore, I am happy to announce that A-frame houses are back in!

First, let’s talk about the history of the A-frame. The A-frame has long been used in other parts of the world before coming to California in the 1930s. In the 1950s, the style became popular in vacation homes, growing in popularity after a New York Times feature of a Long Island A-frame. A-frames were relatively inexpensive to build, therefore allowing architects to harness their creativity without being “all in” financially.

 

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a-frame houses are back in

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The fact that most A-frames were built as vacation homes, allowed for some playfulness with the architecture. The architectural style with its sharp angles is very reminiscent of Le Corbusier, just a different geometric shape. A-frames really shine when painted white like Le Corbusier homes, but a more modern take would be to paint the A-frame black or keep it natural wood. Simplicity is key.

 

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a-frame houses are back in



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Another reason that A-frame houses are back in has to do with the tiny house phenomenon. A-frames are naturally tiny, and since they are easy to build and have architectural appeal, this style home is a natural fit for someone wanting to embrace simpler living. The A-frame can provide a very modern and expensive look at a very low cost. There are even building plans online!

 

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Not all A-frames have to look like a cabin, however. Many people are designing theirs with an uber modern aesthetic. A mix of Scandinavian minimalism, with dark colors and natural woods, make these homes really pop against the landscape. Most A-frames are built with simple materials, and a pared down color palette, leaving them bright and airy and letting the architecture be the focal point.

 

a-frame houses are back in

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a-frame houses are back in



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A-frames provide a nice alternative to the boxy tiny home, while looking modern and having a mid-century history. This style home is definitely a crowd pleaser and isn’t just used for vacation homes anymore. More people are embracing life “off the grid” and building a tiny A-frame home is the perfect solution. The abundance of natural light with a wall of windows allows for maximum enjoyment of the landscape if you choose to build yours in a rural setting.

Since A-frame houses are back in, would you live in one? I think I could. I mean, I live in less than 600 square feet in Manhattan, so try me.

-Kristen