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Thursday, March 7, 2013

YOUR INPUT on a Micro/Tiny A-frame Cabin- that transforms!?

First, again, we have a BRAND NEW facebook page for talk on tiny houses, tree houses, yurts, cabins, houseboats, and diy decor, projects, and more- its Check it out! "Like" us, if you'd be so kind...

So one of the author/architect/illustrator teams I respect the most, David and Jeanie Stiles, and a duo I own several books from, now happen to be the two I'm teaming up with for an eventual set of VERY AFFORDABLE cabin plans. By affordable, I mean not only to purchase, but to construct. When built with new materials, this cabin would cost around $1200.00 (maybe less), and easily serve as a vacation cabin for two.

I've long had rough plans and ideas for a micro A-frame cabin that is EASY and quick to build, and now, this pairing with David Stiles will not only make these plans fun, but legible, more organized, and easy to comprehend. His artistic style is great, and those of you who haven't checked out D n' J's work, you're truly missing out. Check out the link below....

Oh yeah, the A-frame will also expand, or transform, but more on that later....

Before I ramble further, WE'RE LOOKING FOR YOUR INPUT, as David and I keep batting "size" ideas back and forth.

Which shape do you like best? I won't tell you which one I'm for, as I don't want to cloud the waters, but I'd like to know your thoughts, initial impressions, and WHY?

I think it'd be very interesting to hear from some or you, as its always good to get outside opinions. We also have a lot of real-deal craftsmen/women and pros in our midst, and who frequent our facebook groups, so why not pose this questions to some very talented and experienced individuals?

-Derek "Deek" Diedricksen

Here are links to my book, and to one from David and Jeanie Stiles (they've released about 15 books, all of them very worthwhile). David n' Jeanie also were kind enough to write the new intro to my book "Humble Homes, Simple Shacks" when it was re-issued through The Lyons Press, and they were supporters of the book from very early on.
You can find more on them at- 


  1. I'm going to say B.. because it looks like you could put a micro loft for sleeping or at least storage.. so more bang for your square foot buck.

  2. I was looking at the head room. Even though not all used for storage, gives you that higher head room feel. Not having that cramped in type feel helps with a space. Even with a sky light would be nice. Mental comfort is a factor. B in that effort.

  3. I prefer B - 3 ft of horizontal head space as opposed to 2 is a big factor at the 6'6" mark. But still a little cramped for my fat head. Does it have to be an isosceles triangle? Can we use a different font? Can it be a small "a" as opposed to a capital "A"?

  4. I will take triangle B, for 500.
    I am 6'3" and like storage. Long walks and..
    Potential to hang a hammock from the top vertex? Interested in the transformative qualities... I look forward to the update.

  5. Definitely B. The extra height will make the space feel more comfortable. I would resist the temptation to completely fill the extra volume with storage.

    (Frank Lloyd Wright often played with the perception of different ceiling heights, low in entrance halls followed by high ceilings in living areas.)

  6. I disagree with those who say B will give the feeling of more headroom. While it does technically provide more headroom at the head heights shown, the tall narrow space will give the interior a "pinched" feel. I think option A would feel cozier.

  7. I am under 5' in height, but almost everyone I know is taller. I also have an obsession with wanting no clutter and B gives a loft area that is more than big enough to put things up when cleaning or company comes.

  8. Honestly, my thoughts, are in between...make the foot a tad wider and compromise the height for B, making A a little taller. I'm a tall girl, but barely under 6ft, so 6.5/7 for under loft height would be fine. That way you can have more floor space, add storage and have a wider loft space for sleeping or hanging a hammock? I suppose as long as you slept in the middle of the peak, and were not conflicted with would be okay. Skylight? I want to build a tiny home and scouring for ideas of what I like,need and want. Illusion of space is almost as good as space itself. Maybe a folding triangular porch, fold up for travel, tons of porch space when you reach your spot.

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