Deek, Joe Everson, and David Stiles team up on an $1200 A-frame Vacation Cabin

by Derek “Deek” Diedricksen

Before I forget, you will see THIS cabin (designed by Deek, and built by Joe Everson of Tennessee Tiny Homes at the April 11-13th, HANDS-ON Tiny House Building Workshop, near Memphis, TN- we’ll also tour SIX other tiny houses, and build 2-3 of ’em too! if you’d like to find out moreā€¦ Deek, Steven Harrell, and Joe co-host this 3-day (and night) event.


So a ways back, through conversation with the author/architect duo David and Jeanie Stiles, a team-up was born. David, who was one of the inspirations behind my book “Humble Homes, Simple Shacks”, and later wrote the foreword to its re-released version, agreed to a plan-set and design co-project when I pitched the idea to him, and from that, “The Transforming A-Frame” was born.

Long story short- I came up with this particular design, and being sick of my own artwork, David Stiles took over in the lay-out and presentation department. My goal was to design a backwoods vacation cabin, or a backyard retreat, studio, green house, playhouse, music or hobby hut, that could satisfy a few points of criteria.

-Easy To Build
-Quick To Build
-Fun/Interesting Looking

This cabin, with all new materials, only costs $1200 to make. $1500 if you wanted to insulate it for year round use. A larger version, using 16′ rafter could also be built, giving much more interior and loft space.

A-frames aren’t so space efficient, as I’m aware, but loving the look and simplicity of them, I decided to still push on with an entry-level set of plans (11 pages in all, with 16 full color photos of the one we built to guide you along). I also added in a few elements that make this structure a little more versatile too- a wall that opens up to become a porch roof (with mosquito netting that drops down), and a skylight hatch up in the micro loft- one you can actually fit in (or use for storage).

Later, if you want more space, with the porch roof, or “swing wall” raised up, you could leave it in that position, then frame in the sides permanently, as the roof would already be set in place. This would give the little cabin not only more visual interior space, but 30+ extra square feet of living (one place a small bathroom could be placed as well).

There are several ways in which you can rearrange this cabin, believe it or not, and the plan also voices a few ways in which a bathroom could be incorporated, if outhouses aren’t for you.

If you’d like to check out the plans, and potentially purchase a set, head here

Again, you’ll be seeing this cabin, AND many full-out tiny houses that are lived in, at our Memphis-area workshop= THE LARGEST HANDS-ON TINY HOUSE WORKSHOP yet, as far as we know.

Get ready to swing some hammer, cut wood, and get VERY CREATIVE!

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5 Comments → “Deek, Joe Everson, and David Stiles team up on an $1200 A-frame Vacation Cabin”

  1. Rebecca Price

    Mar 05, 2014

    Really love the simplicity and charm. And was very relieved to read of the drop down mosquito netting – that was my immediate concern when I saw this. Congrats for a great contribution to the tiny house community.


  2. Lisa

    Mar 05, 2014

    Silly question. Where is the water plumbed to? A well? What is the source?


  3. Prepasport

    Mar 07, 2014

    I would like to receve more information about magazine ou construction
    Thank you


  4. Jerry Fisher

    Mar 08, 2014

    I really like this idea. It won’t cause a massive cramp to anyone’s wallet. It could be a low maintenance place to escape to on the weekends. It has lots of character and frankly looks like a lot of fun. This would beat a tent anytime for me, especially with the summer thunderstorms here in South Dakota. Best of all, it looks like it would be easy to move if the need arose.


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