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How to Build This A-Frame Cabin That Will Pay for Itself

Irresistible A-frame cabins are among Hipcamp’s most-booked and most profitable types of structures on our platform. Check out the A-frames that our campers count as faves. Hipcamp’s most talked about A-frame, the Star A-Frame Tiny Cabin, can be yours for $700-to-$3,000 and some elbow grease, according to its designer Derek Diedricksen.

With his breezy plan, the tiny home specialist proves that A-frames can be affordable and easy-to-build. Plus, the cabin will quickly pay for itself and start earning you additional income when you become a Hipcamp Host and list your land for campers to book.

Why A-frame cabins are popular and can be profitable

Building one of Diedricksen’s Instagrammable tiny cabins on your land can also provide a great way to earn extra income as a Hipcamp Host. People go out of their way to find and book stays in unique structures like this, so building one could make your land a profitable camping and glamping destination.

One of our Hipcamp Hosts named Mea has already had hundreds of Hipcampers book stays in her relaxing Star A-Frame Tiny Cabin, which she created on her property in southern Oregon which she calls Cedar Bloom.

What do people love about A-frames?

What is it that all of these paying campers love about Mea’s A-frame? You can open up the swing wall while you nap to make it feel you’re sleeping outside amidst the towering oaks and manzanitas.

Inspired by what Mea has built? Start hosting campers who are excited to visit your land. It’s a great way to earn some extra money.

Peek inside one of Diedricksen’s A-frame cabins

In this video Diedricksen takes viewers on a tour through one incredibly livable version of his A-frame cabin that cost $1200 to build, and he explains the many benefits of this design. Simplified versions of this A-frame can be built for $300 to $700.

Supplies needed 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 refrigerator, but Hipcampers are more than OK without these amenities.

See how this A-frame cabin looks in the wild

Another view inside the A-frame cabin at Cedar Bloom


If you’re looking for more creative ideas for building structures and campsites to add to your land to enjoy and to help earn more income, check out The Top 7 Types of Campsites Generating Income on Hipcamp.

How to start earning extra money hosting campers on your land

Want to earn extra income to help pay for property taxes, home expenses, and future dream projects? Learn more about becoming a Hipcamp Host. (Use the promo code JOURNAL and get an extra $100 when you host your first Hipcamp guest.)

Hipcamp is an online marketplace where you can list, discover, and book campsites and accommodations on private and public land. Hipcamp is your go-to guide to getting outside. If you’re a landowner, Hipcamp creates new revenue streams for your business, which can help conserve your land and keep it wild. #FindYourselfOutside #LeaveItBetter

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