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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  1. Allegra Lampley

    Hey Deek, I’m buying the convertible A-frame plans to built in a remote location in WA state. I have three little kids, do you think the loft space is a large enough sleeping space for them? It’s just for vacation use. I imagine down the road I’d build another one just for them (or make them build it as a summer project!) but would it work?
    Any input helps, thanks!