How to Build This A-frame Cabin for $700

Hipcamp’s most talked about A-frame cabin can be yours for $700 and some elbow grease, according to it’s designer, Derek Diedricksen. With his breezy plan, the tiny home specialist proves that A-frames can be affordable and easy-to-build—not to mention incredibly dreamy weekend getaways. Upgrading your land with one of Diedricksen’s Instagrammable cabins is also a great way to earn extra income. People are willing to go out of their way to stay in unique structures like this, so building one could make your land a destination. Hipcamp Host Mea has already hosted dozens of campers in her relaxing Star A-Frame Tiny Cabin in southern Oregon, which is based off Diedricksen’s design. Mea offers her land to Hipcampers as a place of peace and healing, as well as an opportunity to experience the beauty of native plants and animals. Hipcampers’ favorite feature of Mea’s A-frame? You can open up the swing wall while you sleep to make it feel you’re right outside, amidst the towering oaks, manzanitas, and migratory birds that sprawl across Mea’s 100 acres. Inspired by what Mea has built? Start hosting campers who are excited to visit your land.

Tour the A-frame cabin:

Here’s Diedricksen walking viewers through one version of the A-frame (simplified versions reported costs of $300 to $700), and why he chose this design.

What you’ll need to build this DIY A-frame:

What you’ll find in the cabin’s framing plans:

  • 12 sketch layout sheets with all the lengths and angles you’ll need
  • 1 materials list
  • 10+ photos showing joinery and assembly
The blueprints for the A-frame cabin feature architectural sketches created by long-time designer and author David Stiles.
Small cabin, big-time storage. You can build storage space into the loft, and keep sheets, pillows, and bedding in the bed/bench boxes.
Diedricksen’s designs feature a rain water system and fridge, but Hipcampers are more than okay without these amenities.

What this A-frame cabin looks like in the wild:

Photos by Hipcamp photographer Ann N. and Hipcamper Danilo W at Cedar Bloom, OR. If you’re looking for even more creative structures and campsites to add to your land, check out our post outlining the top 7 campsites to generate income on Hipcamp. Host our community of nature lovers to earn extra income for property management, home expenses, and dream projects. Want to know more about hosting with Hipcamp? Get started hosting here.

Hipcamp Staff

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