This Couple Built a Tiny A-Frame in Montana for Just $700

published Sep 30, 2017
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(Image credit: Alla Ponomareva)

Along with our love affair with everything mid-century right now, A-frame cabins have resurged in popularity — and one couple in Missoula figured out how to get the look for a lot less by building a tiny home in the iconic style. It’s giving us cabin fever, in the best possible way.

Photographer Alla Ponomavera and her husband Garrett built this charming and colorful yet tiny A-frame cabin on their 20-acre Missoula, Montana property for just $700 — using building plans and designs from tiny home master Derek “Diek” Diedreksen (a mentor and workshop leader at Tiny Tumbleweed Homes and one of the original high-profile tiny homes movement builders) and using upcycled materials to cut the cost nearly in half. There’s even a solar panel.

(Image credit: Alla Ponomareva)

Featured on Ponomavera’s eponymous blog, the “coral and mint motif” 80-square-foot cabin features two twin beds, storage for camp cooking equipment and a few books, and one entire wall of natural light during the day on the deck-facing A-frame side (which also props open) and minimal solar lights at night — so that guests can truly appreciate the stars in the Montana skies from the hammocks slung just off the deck (and find their way to the nearby outbuilding).

(Image credit: Alla Ponomareva)

The twin beds can be pushed together if you want to get cozy (and cuddle for warmth) or fit in a third person in a sleeping bag on the floor. There’s room on the “side” deck for two chairs in the shade of the A-frame, and the decking supports are the perfect perches for colorful planters full of cheerful flowers.

If you want to try your hand at building a similarly swoon-worthy and rustic getaway — which the couple says took them just about three weeks — Ponomavera lists all of the materials, details, and modifications to the original Diedreksen design on her blog (along with more progress photos).

h/t Curbed