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View Poll Results: which >900 sq. Ft. building would you rather build or live in
A-Frame 15 68.18%
Katrina Cottage 3 13.64%
Container Home 1 4.55%
Tent 1 4.55%
trailer 2 9.09%
Multiple Choice Poll. Voters: 22. You may not vote on this poll

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Old 12-31-2007, 07:57 AM
 
Location: Ft. Lauderdale
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Default Building an A-Frame in the Mountains

I'm in the 1st stages of building an A-Frame Cabin in the mountains in western Wilkes County. I just got the Septic put in and am trying to get some blueprints approved for it, I am surprised at the lack of A-Frame kits on the market, its the simplest, cheapest style of building, I have poured over information on every type of A-Frame, found 1 guy that builds them, and deliver trusses and will deliver "http://david.martiniii.tripod.com/index-2.html" but it seems with the need for housing since the Devastating Hurricanes of 05 there would have been some small start ups making these simple kits for quick housing, there were LOTS of them in the 60s, but now, ZIP! I have researched Katrina Cottages, and container Homes, even "Concrete Canvas" but the A-frame design seems like a natural remedy. Are people totally against that idea, not aware or WHAT? Is there not enough money in it to sell? Well, D*MN the torpedoes, I can barely manage to pay the mortgage and taxes on this condo in Florida, but my job and income are here for now, so I am using anything left over to get this A-frame up on the mountain property I bought 15 years ago because I cant afford anything else and know in 10 years when its time to retire I wont be able to afford to live here in Ft. Lauderdale. Any suggestions are welcome at "http://jonathansmountaincabin.wetpaint.com"
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Old 12-31-2007, 08:34 AM
 
Location: North Carolina
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Good Luck with your A-Frame! My grandparents had one on the Wabash River near Covington, IN years ago and it was such a treat to stay there as a child! Your post brings back great memories!
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Old 12-31-2007, 08:35 AM
 
Location: Marshall, NC
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Have you considered building a small cabin - one mainroom with a bedroom and bath? A-frames - like you said were popular in the 60's but seem out-of-date today - Plus they were mainly built in areas where heavy snow is an issue - which is not the case in most of western NC. There are log of small log home builders out there and lots of plans that you can get off the internet. Check out the log home/timber home magazines. I am sure you can find existing plans that would fit your needs. Also the "Not So Big House" books have lots of good info for building a small home that utilizes space well. Best of luck to you - Happy New year!
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Old 12-31-2007, 08:37 PM
 
Location: Huntington, NY
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Default Tipi

TIPI....duhhhhh





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Old 01-02-2008, 07:02 PM
 
Location: Ft. Lauderdale
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Default Not the Snow, the VIEW!

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Have you considered building a small cabin - one mainroom with a bedroom and bath? A-frames - like you said were popular in the 60's but seem out-of-date today - Plus they were mainly built in areas where heavy snow is an issue - which is not the case in most of western NC. There are log of small log home builders out there and lots of plans that you can get off the internet. Check out the log home/timber home magazines. I am sure you can find existing plans that would fit your needs. Also the "Not So Big House" books have lots of good info for building a small home that utilizes space well. Best of luck to you - Happy New year!
There are a number of reasons I went with an A-Frame plan, the Cost and Simplicity to build are near the top of the list,also the view I have of the mountains would really be an AWESOME thing to wake up to in the Loft of an A-Frame, it is a cheaper way to get a 2 story high view. Also, its an old style, but unique, and I am kinda old and unique too, so that works...Happy New Year to you too!
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Old 01-02-2008, 08:05 PM
 
Location: Marshall, NC
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Are you planning to stick build your A-frame or will there be elements of timber frame or log?
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Old 01-02-2008, 08:05 PM
 
Location: Land of 10000 Lakes + some
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A-frames are beautiful, esp. in the surroundings you describe. Stick with it and much luck to you!
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Old 01-02-2008, 09:16 PM
 
Location: Ft. Lauderdale
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Default A-frame, Stick built or Log

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Are you planning to stick build your A-frame or will there be elements of timber frame or log?
The ultimate would be to use logs for the trusses, but, the truth
is, I may only be able to afford standard lumber, I also am being educated as I go, and the building inspectors codes appear to require graded lumber which means even though I have pine trees to spare withing 50 feet (leaving all the hardwoods) I dont think homecut lumber will pass inspection, I have to casually inquire what will be permitted, but having log trusses would be my preference, and striking to look at!!
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Old 02-02-2008, 05:22 AM
 
Location: Ft. Lauderdale
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Default A-Frame Blueprints almost ready for permit approval, how long does ths take?

I am due to recieve my blueprints this week, the Wilkes County inspector will hopefully approve my plans and give me the building permit, does anyone know how long it will take before I know I'm approved? is it an immediat thing or does it take a few weeks???
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Old 02-07-2008, 01:51 PM
 
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Caribe704 please keep us up updated, My first home was an A-Frame and I loved it! They are best when the front of them are all windows. May i ask what plans you went with?
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