A Frame House


Old 11-19-99, 03:34 PM
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We are not having much luck finding a plan for an A-frame with a loft. Just something simple that two adults and three teens can build in a couple of months. We feel sure this will be the quickest and most simple thing for us to attempt our first home building project. The only plan we have been able to locate is the one in the back of Mother and its just not big enough. Any help will greatly appreciated
Old 11-19-99, 03:36 PM
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As far as A frames go: many ready made designs exist, (some include lofts), most are modified a frames.

A frames are not as easy to build as you might think. They waste space and materials, generally require the services of an Engineer, may require engineered beams and connectors, require custom cabinets and closets, and have a host of other draw backs. Btw, I have nothing against As. I built a vacation A on some of the finest most remote Forest property in the U.S.A.

The simplest, and the fastest, home to build is a square box, with a flat roof, using modular construction, on a slab foundation. It's not a romantic idea, like an A frame, but when it comes cost and speed, it's a proven home design that has been used over and over again.

Plan well, and you can add a second story later. ie: design the slab for two stories, frame and joist for the second floor, install 3/4 hot & cold plumbing taps, oversize the main panel, run conduit instead of romex, or if you do use romex plan branch runs for expansion (to name a few considerations).

The idea that you and your family will be able to build any home within two or three months is not realistic. Sorry, but it just doesn't work that way.

If you're still interested in a pure "A" go here:

This is but one of many house plan data bases:
If you want to find more, use a MetaSearch Engine like DogPile, forget about "Directory" serach engines. ie: stock home plans, A frame house plans, ect..

The House Butcher
Somewhere in Rural America.


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