The A-Frame

Shaun’s project in Summit Cove was striking. It was a renovation of a small, 1970s era A-frame, intended to maximize the square footage while minimizing costs. What Shaun came up with was a plan to add large volumes – 30’ high – to each side of the “A,” kicking one out to one side and the other out to the other side. Looks a little something like this:

A-Frame Custom Home Project

By all accounts, it would have been easier (and potentially cheaper) to just bulldoze the A-frame and start fresh. But it was important to the family and worth preserving.

The result was striking – a combination of new and old, with big lines and big windows in the living and master bedrooms. Shaun also used a number of high windows on both floors, since neighbors were pretty close and looking into neighbors’ backyards wasn’t much fun. Push the views upwards, and you get skies and trees and mountains.

He also described how some “modern” aspects of the house, like the low-pitch roof, were driven more by money than aesthetics. Sure, a flat roof reads as modern, but it’s also cheap. A big flat rectangle is easy and cheap to sheath and weatherproof; it’s the dormers and peaks and details that start to push up the cost of a roof.

It all made for a good first impression.