Gallery: Lindal Homes Puts a Green Twist on the Classic A-Frame

The A2 1500 is the second of the two pitched-roof models in the MAF line. The residence has two bedrooms and runs 1,500 sq ft.
The A2 1500 is the second of the two pitched-roof models in the MAF line. The residence has two bedrooms and runs 1,500 sq ft.

The two pitched-roof MAF homes are the three bedroom A3 1200 and the two bedroom A2 1500, which are 1,200 and 1,500 sq ft respectively. Lindal’s new designs are compact, bold, and feature full-height glass walls, loft space (in one of the models), and the same no-nonsense building process that the original A-frame house was known for. The pitched versions evoke a sense of tradition, but with enough modern sensibility to keep you from feeling like you’re stuck in the past.

Both of the pitched-roof designs have small footprints and pack a lot in, making the most of the space with open floor plan kitchens and living spaces. The A3 1200 is a ground level home featuring two bedrooms paired together (one of which could be turned into an office. The master bedroom and bath are separated by a breezeway entry. The A2 1500 has only two bedrooms, but places the second bedroom on an elevated level lofted above the living area.

The homes are constructed with quick-growing Western Red Cedar and engineered wood for the framing and beams. The exterior can be finished with Hardiplank fiber cement siding or pre-stained (with low VOCs, of course) cedar siding. Lindal’s local dealers, most of whom are NAHB Certified Green Professionals, make sure to orient each home properly according to the site and optimum solar conditions. The dealer also helps each home owner pick out and source interior finishes according to their own taste, budget and desire for eco-friendly materials. The pitched roofs can easily accommodate a solar electric or hot water system and a rainwater catchment system.

+ Lindal Cedar Homes Modern A-Frame


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  1. Daryl Croft April 30, 2014 at 11:51 pm

    Wonderful and simple home design!

  2. dayna123 June 10, 2012 at 8:47 pm

    I love this. May i ask who the designer of this is please?

  3. chapa-de-frente September 25, 2010 at 12:18 am

    As an architecture student, i have to wonder… who ever called this an A-frame? sure, the roof line comes in to a peak, that doesn’t make it so. there is a specific advantage to the a-frame roof, it is to, in places of extreme snow and rain, shed that excess weight quickly from the roof so that it doesnot cave in. often, the roof itself is, or is close to being, the actual exterior wall of the house, lending to its name. the pitch of an A-frame roof is much steeper than that 5/12 i see in the computer renderings there. more like 16/12 to 24/12 and sometimes more(inches, rise/run of the slope)

    BUT, i do like to see people try new things. im all for breaking up the lines and such, they look awesome, but an A-frame house has a specific purpose, and if you cant answer the problem it solves, it does not count as an A-frame

  4. kenji September 24, 2010 at 2:08 pm
  5. Trina Lindal September 23, 2010 at 1:22 pm

    Building a “green” home is more than just what type of materials and windows are used, yet from a window standpoint Lindal’s LowE366 argon-filled insulated windows are the best available, far exceeding Energy Star requirements.

    Many of the factors to consider when building green start BEFORE the home is built, such as orientation to the sun to take advantage of solar gain during the winter to help heat the home (when the sun streams in at a low angle) and utilizing large overhangs to shade those same windows when the sun is high in the sky in the summer months.

    Lindal supplies only the building materials package (which is enough to qualify our homes at the ANSI National Green Building Standard Bronze level) however most of our dealers are Certified Green Professionals and can help the homeowner make the right decisions throughout the planning and building process (and beyond) in order to easily surpass that.

  6. WBrooke September 22, 2010 at 10:38 am

    Beautiful, yes. But with all of that glass, these designs will consume lots of energy. Look at the one that is parked in a snowbank. Heat will be pouring out of the full-height windows, and the cold surfaces will radiate coolness to the occupants who will raise the thermostat to compensate.

    Fantastic architecture though.

  7. Trina Lindal September 21, 2010 at 4:24 pm

    To learn more about how the Modern A-frame has earned green certification through the NAHB Research Center\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\’s National Green Building Standard, please attend the Modern A-frame LIVE webinar tonight (9/21/10) at 5pm (PDT):

  8. Rebecca Paul September 21, 2010 at 4:22 pm

    This is a beautiful home, and I hope to one day live in my very own a-frame cabin.

  9. Bridgette Meinhold September 21, 2010 at 1:37 pm

    I live in a-frame outside of Park City and I could totally see one of these in my neighborhood.

  10. Mike Chino September 21, 2010 at 1:24 pm

    I remember staying in A-Frame cabins as a kid – it’s great to see this classic design get a modern update!

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