A-frame homes have increased in popularity over the past decade or so, and with good reason – and not just with A-type people.
The design of the home is often sleek and modern but still quite traditional. These homes bear the shape of a triangle — hence the name. The walls begin near the foundation and slope upwards they meet at the top to form a triangle. Some of the largest A-frame homes have a loft which is typically only large enough to put a bed and a night side table, but if your goal is to have somewhere fun with the kids, it will be a hit!
A-frame houses are popular all over the United States and Canada – although you have to look hard to find them in some areas. I’v only assessed 2 or 3 of them in my 5 year career as a Residential Assessor! They’re mainly bought as vacation properties or second homes. As the design and the large windows make it easier for owners to enjoy their picturesque surroundings.
Characteristics Of An A-frame House
A-frame houses have a set of specific characteristics. Here are some of the features of an A-frame house:
- Open floor plan
- Large Windows
- Loft Plan
- High Interior ceilings
- Wood Sidings
- Gables in the back and front
They are pretty unmistakable when you see them, with their mos obvious external feature being the steep pitch on the roof an that it comes all the way down to ground level – these are the ones that you just wanted a chance to climb up as a child!
Should You Buy An A-Frame Home?
A-Frame homes are ideal for buyers looking for a vacation home in a pretty location as they are great in natural settings and offer a lovely indoor- outdoor flow. They’re are also suitable for investors or first-time home buyers as they are relatively inexpensive.
Are A-Frame Homes For Everyone?
A Frame homes are not suitable for all buyers, and especially those in areas with certain climates. These homes are built with wood meaning they are more susceptible to storm and termite damage.
However, they make great vacation homes due to there design, as well as first homes as they’re relatively inexpensive and allow for easy living. Having said that, large families should avoid buying these homes as they’re not very large and storage can become a problem.
Whether you buy an A-frame home depends on your unique set of circumstances, what you need and what you’re looking for. But these homes should not be ignored as they combine the very best in design with a price tag most can afford. It’s definitely worth considering if you’re looking for a vacation home or you’re buying your first home.
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