Building of a tiny A-frame cabin (part 2)

Don’t forget to scroll to the bottom for an updated look at our rigging system (completed in June 2018)

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Thank you for tuning back in, last week’s post was very bittersweet, where we reminisced about the three weeks of construction of a tiny A-frame (part 1). Again, we came across this design online, which was built by a construction company following the plans of one of the superstars of the tiny houses revolution – Derek “Deek” Diedricksen. After having had a few projects under our belts, this A-frame looked simple enough, and with only 80 square feet to work with, we knew it wouldn’t take too long.

The total came to 3 weeks of almost daily work and about $700 in materials (while the other company spent around $1200, we were lucky to have used and upcycled a lot of the windows, boards, nails, roofing, etc that we had lying around from other projects). It always helps to have a storage place to keep some leftover junk and on 20 acres we’ve got plenty of space! Also, a lot of the cost was spent on the solar panel, even though their cost has come down significantly in the past couple of years.

We couldn’t be prouder of the final result and hope friends and family get a chance to enjoy watching the stars from the inside of the cabin at night while they sip on some of Garrett’s homemade brew.

When the wall is up, it’s a whole different experience. Luckily, Montana has almost no mosquitos to speak of in the summertime, so there’s no need for a mosquito net.

The indoors presented a small challenge of picking the right colors to make it pop. We went with a coral and mint motif.

As the sun dips below the mountains, the solar lights illuminate the hammocks and the stars slowly start to peak through the treetops. If you haven’t seen the stars in Montana, then you haven’t truly seen the stars…

In summary:

Build time: around 3 weeks

Design: Derek “Deek” Diedricksen

Total space: 80 square feet + deck (which was salvaged from sis-in-laws scrap pile)

Cabin type: dry cabin

Sleeps: 2, possibly 3 (if the 3rd person sleeps in a sleeping bag on the floor)

Restroom facilities: Outdoor portable toilet and solar shower within walking distance

Cost: around $700 with lots of reused and upcycled odds and ends

Deviations/modifications from the original design:

  1. 2×3 purlins instead of 2×6 due to availability and lack of the need for a loft

  2. No loft, instead we have 2 18 inch shelves above the window and above the door for backpacks or extra storage

  3. 7/16th OSB for the flooring

  4. No cabinets

  5. Excluded the smaller opening window. Instead went with 2 permanent triangular openings with screens, because the cabin is seasonal. With enough blankets, you’re still plenty warm in the summertime.

  6. Next time, would make the benches shorter to fit the length of the mattresses better and to have space to walk around to access the wing wall from the inside.

  7. Raised the cabin higher on the blocks in order to accommodate for the snow accumulation in the winter months.

  8. Decks are made in easy-to-remove-segments in order to remove after summertime and to accommodate for snow.

  9. Due to time constraints, there’s no trim but will be added on next summer.

  10. Wing wall doesn’t have a standing mechanism yet, but we’re planning on a good way to keep it open with relatively strong winds we occasionally get.

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Updated rigging system 2018: 

UPDATE: We’ve been featured in:

We even had an engagement at the A-frame!!!


Would you enjoy yourself in a cabin like this one? What did you like/dislike about it? Leave your comments below.


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