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