Ah, the A-frame house. Quirky, as simply geometric as architecture can get, sometimes a bit impractical, but full of retro charm.
Lately I feel like A-frames were swimming around me. First, I laughed at the stories in Michael J. Tougais's book about his BEYOND rustic (as you'll guess from the title) A-frame in the woods of Vermont called There's a Porcupine in My Outhouse: Misadventures of a Mountain Man Wannabe
. You tend to see a lot of them in the mountains, because the roof goes all the way to the ground as a way to keep snow from piling upon it. Then another New England A-frame popped into my consciousness. The Oct/Nov 2009 issue of ReadyMade
with a total dream house New Hampshire A-frame on the cover is my all-time favorite (I couldn't find the article on ReadyMade's
site, but I did find a blog post that included a few pictures of it here
. These pictures will make you want to move in tomorrow, the owner has done a fantastic job on it! My new love of A-frames then sent me over to flickr, looking up A-frame pictures. The ones from vintage magazines are the most fun to look through.
So, interest piqued, I found out a little bit about this funky house style. After Andrew Geller designed the A-frame in 1957, The New York Times
featured it and they caught on like wildfire. Features include a roof that slopes all the way to the ground, the triangular A-shape, a lofty living space on the second floor, eaves, and usually lots of big windows.* Though the design can pose some space challenges, the charm endures.
Modern architects that appreciate these charms have looked to the A-frame precedent and fixed some of the less convenient aspects it. Here are a few spectacular examples. If you find any more A-frame-y houses on Houzz, please let me know about them in the comments section; while I've found a handful, I'd love to add more to this Ideabook.
*Thanks to About.com: Architecture for the A-frame History Information!