Experimental A-Frame Tiny Home

The A-frame is an experiment in tiny home architecture from the design-build non-profit organization, Sawhorse Revolution. This prototype was built by professional craftsmen and apprentice students at the organization’s annual summer camp.

The definition of a tiny house is subjective, but for me, it's a home of 400 square feet or less, either on wheels or a foundation. I consider a home of between 400 and 1000 square feet to be small. Due to size specifications for rooms, clearances and distances between fixtures, building codes are a little more difficult for tiny houses to meet. (However, it is possible. Please see "Navigating Minimum Square Footage".) Small homes can easily meet building codes. Zoning is a challenge for both tiny and small homes, as many communities require houses to be 1,000 square feet or more.

We are hoping to sell this eye-catching structure to a tiny house enthusiast, an architecture aficionado, or simply someone looking for a handsome get-away. The structure is being sold with a few different options: structure in-progress, professional finish, and custom-built trailer. Details are outlined below.

[ 1 ] Structure In-Progress – $15,000

A great option for DIY-ers out there looking for a project and the opportunity to fully customize the final touches. Currently, the structure is a work-in-progress. The sale price reflects ~$8,000 of materials, $5,000 of labor and cost estimates for moving the structure with a low-ride trailer.

The small house movement is a return to houses of less than 1,000 square feet (93 m2). Frequently the distinction is made between small (between 400 square feet (37 m2) and 1,000 square feet (93 m2)), and tiny houses (less than 400 square feet (37 m2)), with some as small as 80 square feet (7.4 m2). Sarah Susanka has been credited with starting the recent countermovement toward smaller houses when she published The Not So Big House (1997). Earlier pioneers include Lloyd Kahn, author of Shelter (1973) and Lester Walker, author of ″Tiny Houses″ (1987). Henry David Thoreau, and the publication of his book "Walden" is also quoted as early inspiration.

Tiny houses on wheels were popularized by Jay Shafer who designed and lived in a 96 sq ft house and later went on to offer the first plans for tiny houses on wheels, initially founding Tumbleweed Tiny House Company, and then Four Lights Tiny House Company (September 6, 2012). In 2002, he co-founded, along with Greg Johnson, Shay Salomon and Nigel Valdez the Small House Society.[8] Salomon and Valdez subsequently published their guide to the modern Small House Movemnent, ″Little House on a Small Planet″ (2006) and Johnson published his memoir, "Put Your Life on a Diet" (2008)


· Framed with 2x dimensional lumber

· Sheeted with ½” CDX plywood

· ¾” CDX plywood flooring

· Liquid-based weatherproofing layer

· Roxul exterior insulation

· Insulated floor joists

· 4 skylights, 2 operable

· 1 operable window

· Hardwood ladder

· Total height ~13.5 ft

· Footprint dimensions: 13.3 ft x 7.5 ft

· 120 ft2 ground level floor space

· 45 ft2 loft space (expandable)

· Modular design with capacity to add additional “A-frame” sections each ~30 ft2

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