Estonia-based housing-kit manufacturer AvrameUSA has unveiled to the U.S. market a collection of A-frame homes that are designed for easy construction and affordability.
The Avrame housing kits range in price, but the largest unit costs about $35,000. They are ideal for summer homes, cabins, or hospitality projects—but only if developers or consumers are fans of A-frame architecture.
"Avrames can be built anywhere you want, on any style of foundation—new or or pre-existing,” says Indrek Kuldkepp, founder of Avrame. “They're perfect for off-grid applications, and the steeply angled roof is ideal for installing solar panels.
Designed for easy construction and affordability, the A-frame kits come in 11 models, ranging from small storage sheds to large, multi-room family homes. Each kit provides the blueprints and building components necessary to construct an A-frame structure on a properly prepared foundation.
Avrame offers kit in three styles:
Designed for art studios, workshops, home gyms or personal sanctuaries, the Solo Series is a simple solution to creative-space needs. The Solo uses a 14-foot triangular custom fabricated truss system, with a footprint measuring 14 feet wide and 13 feet 4½ inches tall. It comes in three models.
Created with lake homes, a mountain cabin or short-term rentals in mind, the Duo Series includes a dormer and offers 1 to 2 bedrooms, kitchen, bathroom and a loft. The Duo uses a 20-foot triangular, custom fabricated truss system with a footprint measuring 20 feet wide and 17 feet 8½ inches tall. There are three models.
Used as gathering places, a starter home or a retirement destination, the Trio Series is meant to last a lifetime and longer, the company says. The Trio includes a dormer and offers flexible floor planning for custom designs. It comes with 2 to 4 bedrooms , 1 to 2 bathrooms, and a second-level living space. The Trio uses a 30-foot triangular, custom fabricated truss system. It comes in five models, ranging from 700 to 1,600 square feet.
“A-frame houses have witnessed a renewed boom in popularity, especially with both the eco-friendly and off-grid living movements giving A-frames a nod of approval,” the company says. “Avrame kits include lumber, roof and flooring structures, windows, doors, building accessories and a full set of drawings for building the structure. Mechanicals (wiring, HVAC), as well as prepared foundations and related structures, are the responsibility of the homeowner.”
Kuldkepp says insulation has traditionally been the tricky part of building, which in the past kept A-frames as summer homes. “But that issue has long-since been solved—and now, A-frames are a perfect year-round housing solution," he adds.