A Frame cabin designs continue to enjoy widespread appeal as an attractive -- and relatively inexpensive -- option for building a weekend getaway. Though based on a simple geometric shape (i.e., the triangle), they are quite versatile and offer a great deal of design flexibility. Crea- tive variations in both styling and use of materials have produced some outstanding examples of this building type!
Popular in other parts of the world, as well, the thatched roof design pictured at right is found on Portugal's
The striking buildings pictured below are from the mountain village of Shirakawa-go in Japan.
looked exactly as the name suggests . . . . . a facade in the shape of an "A," with the legs of the "A" extending
outward from the peak of the roof down to the foundation. The three examples that follow capture the spirit of
earlier A Frame designs.
However, as time went on, designers and architects found new ways to in- terpret A Frame cabin designs and began
to modify them. For example, as a way to increase available interior head room, they increased, i.e., wid- ened,
the angle at the peak of the roof and "cut" the legs off the "A" at the first story level -- instead of extending
them to the foundation. The two designs that follow are good examples of this.
Another reinterpretation of A Frame design involves stepping the legs of the "A" backward from the second level
to the first level of the cabin, giv- ing the structure more visual interest. The two designs that follow reflect
this architectural arrangement. In addition, the design pictured below right, cants, i.e., angles, the building
facade backward on each side, enhancing the outdoor view from within.
Once again, the facades of the
designs that follow cant back- ward on either side to enhance the views from the interior.
And finally, taking it a step further, the modified A Frame cabin designs pictured above right and below not only
cant the facade backward on either side of the mid point. The rooflines, i.e. legs of the "A," are also cropped
at a backward angle, giving these stunning designs more of a contemporary look and feel.
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