A-Frame House Exteriors We Love

There’s just something about an a-frame house. A-frames are both simple, with their straightforward triangular shape, and unique, because they’re fairly uncommon. Known for having large windows and tall ceilings, a-frames seem to exude cozy cabin vibes reminiscent of ski towns or wooded lakeside properties, no matter where you find them. Here, we’ve compiled a handful of our favorite a-frame and near-a-frame projects from over the years.

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An a-frame home in a wooded setting

Upstate New York Stunner

This gorgeous a-frame home is in cold upstate New York and is used on the weekends. A color palette of blacks, grays, and natural wood-tones is perfectly suited for this rustic setting. Benjamin Moore’s Iron Mountain on the siding and brick chimney is a wonderful complement to the black metal roof, windows, lights, and deck skirting. This home has wonderful indoor-outdoor flow with the big doors on the main level, and all of that glass (including the stunning upper level picture windows) is sure to bring in tons of natural light.

An a-frame home with a wraparound deck and a walkout basement

Modern Rustic A-Frame Home on the Lake

Situated on a lake in southern Illinois, this beautiful a-frame has an enviable wraparound deck and convenient walkout lower level. Our designers suggested a pairing of Benjamin Moore’s Midsummer Night with natural wood on the siding. Black accents provide contrast and depth. We particularly love the hardscaping and landscaping that make up the path down to the lake!

A nearly a-frame style home in the countryside

Chalet-style in the Mountains

The owners of this Colorado mountain home were looking for a modern update. Originally built in the 1970s in the chalet-style, this home was being massively renovated, so our designers rendered what you see above from an elevation. We suggested Benjamin Moore’s Graphite on the siding along with a coordinating stone veneer on the chimney.

Tight view of a black a-frame house

Quebec A-Frame Ski Lodge

This beautiful chalet is on a ski mountain in Canada. Our designers were happy to give the homeowners a modern exterior design to go with their interior renovations. Our designers suggested painting the siding in Benjamin Moore’s Black Beauty (our 2022 exterior paint color of the year!) paired with plenty of warm wood accents and some lighter stone veneer on the lower level walkout. We love all of the outdoor living space here, from the balcony off the upper level to the main level deck to the covered patio that the deck provides. Interestingly, the lower level door is the family’s main entrance. Because of this, our designers gave the space some extra attention with a large pendant overhead as well as wall sconces and planters framing the door.

A nearly a-frame style home painted in a greige color

Farmhouse-Style Near A-Frame

The owners of this near a-frame house in the Pennsylvania countryside were looking for a farmhouse-style exterior update. They also wanted to see CertainTeed cladding products on their home. We suggested a combination of vertical and shingle siding in the color Herringbone. Wooden gable accents and supports emphasize the farmhouse feel. Finally, a cable railing with x-pattern is safe for kiddos and pets AND looks great.

A-frame style upper level

A-Frame Upper Level

This is not a classic a-frame house; however, the upper level gable is an a-frame and has a few hallmarks of the style. We can imagine that upper level bedroom feeling like an a-frame studio. We particularly love sliders that allow access to the wraparound balcony. A classic white house with black trim, this Ohio lake home feels both updated and timeless.

Central a-frame on wide house

Central A-Frame

The wide layout of this home is split up by a nearly centered a-frame structure. The client wanted this home to look less symmetrical and less like an a-frame. With that in mind, our designers suggested adding a covered porch to the left of the home. Plus, a curved walkway off the wide steps down from the slider doors leads to a patio that’s off to the right. The result is visually interesting and appealingly asymmetric.

An a-frame exterior with a deck and wall of windows

A-Frame Houses Always Deliver

A-frames are undeniably cool. They’re retro-but-timeless, unique-but-modest, and they remind us of a relaxing vacation. We hope you’ve discovered some interesting takes on how to update an a-frame home in this roundup.

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