09:12AM | 12/16/04
Member Since: 08/29/04
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I've been searching for a while for information on building my own A-frame house in the mountains. I can find plently of old plans showing room layouts, but I am looking for information on construction types, techniques, materials, connection details, preferred pitches (60degrees?)etc. Also, are there any features specific to an area with extreme winters which i need to include? If anyone has any information I'd appreciate it!


12:15PM | 12/18/04
Member Since: 11/27/04
172 lifetime posts
an a-frame is something that you create the height. if you can get 20 foot long 2 by 10's , then when leaning them into the ridge beam that is your height of about 18 feet.(spaced between 16 inch to 24 inches apart)

for more insulation, as the side walls are considered a roof due to the can put 2 by 2's or more to build up the inside to allow for more insulation while allowing a air gap against the outer sheathing.(or put styrofoam board on the inside with strapping for the drywall)

the floor joists for the second floor depend on if you are doing a full second floor or partial. so they could be nailed into the roof 2 by 10's with a block under for extra support.

roofing is just about anything as snow will slide off easy. remember to put all chimneys and plumbing vent pipes at the top to prevent sliding snow from removing them.

a roof over the entrance or the ridge beam extended out, and the roof comes up from the bottom out to the top overhang of the ridge beam(on a angle).

do a layout on the ground for your 2 by 10 length as then you can see the size of the second floor after the floor joists are put in . remember custom cabinates for the wall angle too.


01:17PM | 01/09/05
Member Since: 11/06/02
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A new developement since the time thwey were popular back then is the use of SIPs (structural insulated panels) which i would try to design into an A frame today. research them and see why.

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