Thursday, February 11, 2010

History: What Exactly is an A Frame?

A-Frame House Plan Details

Dating back to the dawn of time, teepee-shaped A-Frame house plans were revolutionized by architect, Andrew Geller on Long Island in 1957 became popular in the 1960s and 1970s. The steep two-sided slope of its namesake roofline extends almost to the foundation and is designed to help heavy snow slide to the ground. Typically one and a half to two and a half stories, A-Frame home plans feature a cozy half floor loft or storage area at the peak of the home providing spectacular but limited living space with few vertical walls. Exteriors are made of wood and offer a deck for outdoor entertaining. Dramatic and dynamic.
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A-Frame House Plan Features

Sharp-Sloped Roof
The steeply sloping roof not only lends itself as a stunning stylistic element but a functionally sound design allowing heavy snow to slide to the ground in the cold winter months.
Large Oversized Windows
The A-Frame design features large oversized windows providing dramatic appeal while allowing light in the home from the front and rear. Additionally the strategically placed windows provide breath taking views of the mountains, lake or beach.

So after reading this post and seeing the real ife examples posts 1-4 I think I have proved that calling the 1978 DreamHouse an 'A Frame' is a misnomer and California Contemporary way more fits the bill. A Frame homes almost always have the roofline to the ground, Barbie and Ken's roof does not. Plus A Frames are usually not more then a cabin or 2nd home. The DreamHouse is much fancier than that.

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