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How to Build an A-Frame Tiny House Cabin

Whether you’re looking to build a rustic retreat or the off-grid home you’ve long dreamed about, the A-frame cabin offers a simple, incredibly sturdy and comparatively low-cost option.a-frame tiny house cabin

Want to build a sophisticated cottage home, a low-key vacation cabin or anything in between? “Cabins & Cottages” has the know-how you need to get started confidently and finish beautifully. This detailed, color-illustrated guide pilots you through all of the pre-building considerations, such as assessing and preparing your site, and then lays out step-by-step instructions for fashioning four structures: a classic log cabin, an A-frame cabin, a cottage of prefab panels, and a house suspended on poles. You’ll also learn how to equip your new lodging with heat, running water and all of the other comforts of home.

One of the sturdiest of all structures is the A-frame cabin, whose skeleton consists simply of a row of triangles. The bases of the triangles are the joists that support the floor, and the sides are the rafters that hold the combined walls and roof. The simplicity of construction and comparatively low cost make it a popular choice for vacation cabins or an off-grid home. Any style of foundation can serve as its base.

Planning Your A-Frame Tiny House Cabin

The most common shape is equilateral — joists and rafters are equal in length and set at angles of 60 degrees to each other. You can use different angles to modify the shape, however (see “Common Floor-to-Rafter Angles,” below). An A-frame can be built to almost any size simply by varying the number of triangles and their dimensions, but a cabin with a sleeping loft must have rafters at least 20 feet long to allow adequate headroom on both floors. For a small structure like the one described here, three people can lift the assembled triangles into place without the assistance of special equipment. A structure with rafters greater than 24 feet may prove too unwieldy for a crew of amateurs. Frame doors and windows in the end walls. For a large A-frame, plan a lot of windows to keep the interior from being too dark.

A-Frame Tools

Screwdriver
Circular saw
C-clamps
Electric drill
Hammer
Carpenter’s level
Carpenter’s square
Plumb bob
Wrench
Saber saw

A-Frame Materials

1-by-2s, 2-by-4s
2-by-6s, 2-by-8s
Pressure-treated 2-by-6s, 2-by-10s, 4-by-4s
Exterior-grade plywood (3/4-inch)
Wood glue
Common nails (2-inch, 2 1/2-inch, 3 1/2-inch)
Galvanized common nails (2 1/2-inch, 3-inch, 3 1/2-inch)
Ring-shank nails (2 1/2-inch)
Wood screws (1 3/4-inch No. 8)
Roofing materials
Carriage bolts (5/8-inch-by-6-inch; 1/2-inch-by-4-inch, 6-inch)
Lag screws (1/2-inch-by-4-inch)
Multipurpose and framing anchors and nails
Wooden ladder
Concrete mix

Anatomy of an A-Frame

This 20-foot-per-side equilateral A-frame rests on tripled 2-by-10 pressure-treated beams supported by masonry block piers. The triangles, spaced 24 inches apart, are formed of 2-by-8 rafters joined at the apexes with plywood gussets and sandwiched at the bottom by pairs of pressure-treated 2-by-6 joists. (A cabin larger than this structure would require correspondingly larger framing lumber.) At the end walls and under the sleeping loft, horizontal 2-by-6 collar beams are fastened between the rafters. The rafters of the end walls are doubled to provide a flush nailing surface for the exterior sheathing. The sleeping loft, reached by a ladder, is framed by a railing secured to posts and rafters. Knee walls along the sides of the cabin provide concealed storage areas. The deck rests on 2-by-6 joists set 16 inches apart. Posts for the railing are secured to the deck joists. The stairs are set on concrete footings and are attached to the deck with metal framing anchors. All exposed wood is pressure-treated lumber. An asphalt-shingle roof is shown.

Common Floor-to-Rafter Angles

(Rafter length, joist length, rafter/joist angle, rafter/rafter angle)

16 feet, 12 feet, 68 degrees, 22 degrees
16 feet, 14 feet, 64.1 degrees, 26 degrees
16 feet, 16 feet, 60 degrees, 30 degrees
20 feet, 12 feet, 72.5 degrees, 17.5 degrees
20 feet, 14 feet, 69.5 degrees, 20.5 degrees
20 feet, 16 feet, 66.4 degrees, 23.6 degrees
20 feet, 20 feet, 60 degrees, 30 degrees

Cutting A-Frame Joists and Rafters

To cut the joists and rafters quickly, make a jig for each angle to be cut.

Mark a scrap board at the angle of the joists or rafters and set it on a work surface.

Place a 2-by-4 on each side of the board and fasten them down with screws.

Align a 1-by-2 with the mark and screw it to the 2-by-4s as a cutting guide.

Run a circular saw along the guide, cutting a kerf through all three boards.

Remove the scrap board and replace it with a joist or rafter, marked to length. Align the mark with the kerf and cut the board. Cut the other end so both cuts angle toward the middle.

Assembling the A-Frame Triangles

Clamp the ends of two joists around the base of a rafter, aligning the ends and edges of the boards, and drill a 5/8-inch hole through the three layers.

Fasten the boards together with a 5/8-by 6-inch carriage bolt, washer and nut.

Bolt the opposite ends of the joists to the base of another rafter in the same way.

From 3/4-inch exterior-grade plywood, cut two triangular gussets to the same angle as the A-frame.

Butt the top ends of the rafters together and fasten the gussets to each side of the seam with wood glue and 1 3/4-inch No. 8 wood screws.

Add a second carriage bolt to each joist-rafter joint.

Assemble the remaining triangles in the same way, but secure gussets to just one side of each end triangle.

Allowing for at least 7 feet of headroom, mark both rafters of each triangle at the end walls and under the loft for collar beams. For each triangle, cut two collar beams to fit between the outside edges of the rafters, and then bolt them on as you did the joists.

Cut 1-by-2 spacers to the joist width and fasten them with 2-inch common nails between all of the pairs of joists and collar beams at 2-foot intervals.

Double the rafters of the end triangles: Cut four lengths of rafter lumber — two to fit be­tween the joists and collar and two between the beams and rafter peaks — and nail them to the outsides of the rafters with 2 1/2-inch nails.

Erecting the A-Frame Triangles

Mark the triangle locations on the beams at 2-foot intervals.

Nail scabs — 1-foot-long 2-by-4s — to the insides of the outer beams on each side of the marks for the front end triangle.

With a pair of helpers, lift and position the end triangle on the beam between the scabs.

Plumb the triangle and brace it with two 2-by-4s nailed diagonally between the rafters and outer beams so the top of each brace is least 4 1/2 feet from the base of the rafters.

Position and plumb the remaining triangles in the same way, bracing them with a 1-by-2 nailed to each side of the adjacent triangle.

When all of the triangles have been braced, remove the scabs and attach the triangles to the beams, installing a multipurpose framing anchor to each side of every joist. In a high-wind area, use hurricane ties. Nail the bottom corners of the triangles to the beams.

Sheathe the outside of the frame, laying decking for shakes, or 4-by-8 panels of 5/8-inch exterior-grade plywood for metal roofing or asphalt shingles. Work from bottom to top, fastening the sheathing with 2 1/2-inch common nails. Leave a 1/8-inch gap around panels and stagger the joints. Remove the bracing after you lay the bottom course of panels.

Cover the floor with plywood.

Finishing Touches

If the A-frame includes a loft, provide it with stairs or a ladder and a sturdy railing. Rest a deck, if you build one, on the same foundation as the main structure and surround it with a railing. Buy deck stairs at a building center or construct them on site. Install insulation between the floor joists, rafters and end wall studs as you build.

15 Ways to Fill Your Home with Good Energy and Vibrations

We often talk about places and people that emanate “good energy” or “bad energy,” when in reality what we mean is that energy is high or low. In scientific terms, the description of energy as high or low is actually described as a degree of vibration or frequency, and our body and mind perceive it. A home filled with good energy vibrates will always be a place where we will feel protection and well-being. There are ways to make your home this way and achieve a warm and welcoming space.colorful patio

15 Ways to Raise Your Home’s Energy and Vibrations for Greater Well-Being

We all seek to make our space a beautiful place to live. We seek to transform it to make us feel protected and secure. Some people look for ways to do it through the decor by relying on certain beliefs and rituals. As long as it is reasonable and helps to reaffirm our desire for a better place to live, we believe it can be valid.

Some talk about high vibrations and energy when you want to refer to, how it feels to be with a particular person or a specific place. And it may be true, remember that everything is energy. The higher the level of “vibration” a person or place has, the better we will feel.

And the greater the vibration of our homes, the better the energy and we will feel good living in them. That could be translated into a clean place, or a person who does not bring many existential complications.

We offer you 15 ways to make your home get that high vibration and energy that will have you with the batteries always recharged and full of vigor and well-being.

1. Be ordered

Eliminate clutter. Getting rid of duplicate items and things that no longer have any use can free up space, and make us feel much happier and more comfortable.

Limit a little your wardrobe, get rid of the objects you have ‘just in case’ you never actually use, and always choose quality over quantity. Other ways to eliminate clutter in your home include loans instead of purchases, use of multipurpose products and spending on experiences rather than ‘things’.

2. Burn herbs for a home with energy and high vibration

Herbal burning, a practice known as incense burner, has been used for thousands of years to clean the air of impurities such as bacteria and viruses. The incense is also used as a traditional mystical ritual, which changes, cleans and alters the surrounding air.

Being a ritual, some people do not take it seriously, but it is a matter of sorrow, and while it does not mean that the meaning of a ritual is law, if it is done for good, it will have a positive effect.

Take a packet of dried herbs and turn it on, then turn off the flame quickly, this will allow the smoke to float around the house. Both the healing properties and the aroma of the herbs are released into the air. While sage is by far the most popular herb for sahumar, pine, rosemary, and lavender are also good choices.

The incense can be used to clean your space when:

  • You move to a new home
  • You start a new job or career
  • A guest leaves your house
  • Before Meditation
  • You just had a discussion or you had an illness

You can also light an herbal incense by mixing ground herbs and placing the mixture on a lighted charcoal disc on the top of your incense burner.

Use sage, thyme, rosemary, lavender, mint, pine leaves, or patchouli incense to clean the air, and your space.

3. Spread essential oils

Essential oils work to clean your house and help you feel light and elevated by the diffusion of its unique and pleasant aroma. Many also have potent antimicrobial properties that eliminate viruses and bacteria in the air.

To raise energy and vibrations in your living space, try to spread rose, basil, cypress, incense, juniper, lavender, myrrh, sage, mint, sandalwood, cinnamon, rosemary, and eucalyptus.

If you do not have a diffuser, you can also add the mixture in a spray and spray it around the house.

Mix one tablespoon of vodka, six tablespoons of filtered water and 10 to 40 drops of essential oils of your choice in a small spray bottle. Shake well before each use.

4. Turn on Himalayan salt lamps

himalayan salt lampThese soft luster salt lamps are a natural source of fresh, clean air – just what you need to clean your house while providing an aura of calm.

Since they attract water, they have incredible power to remove dust, pollen, smoke and other impurities from the air. Himalayan salt lamps also emit negative ions which mean they increase energy levels, eliminate static electricity, neutralize electromagnetic radiation, stimulate sleep and improve overall mood.

5. Listen to music to increase frequencies

Music is more than just entertainment or an art form. It can have a soothing and healing effect on the whole body and alters vibrations in any space it fills.

Several studies have shown that the right kind of music provides relief from pain; It benefits the heart, blood and immune system; Improves learning; Combat fatigue, and promotes sleep.

Of course, his ability to improve our mood is beyond doubt. To get most of the effects of positive vibration, choose classical music, Jazz, Folk, Orchestral, Soul or Opera music. If these genres do nothing for you, then put anything that makes you feel good.

6. Put fresh plants and flowers for good energy in the environment

indoor flowerEnjoying nature and all it has to offer is a safe way to enjoy the positive vibes, mindfulness, and a raised mood. Eco-therapy has attracted the attention of the scientific community as many studies find it fights depression and improves mental health and well-being.

If this is the case, why not bring nature into your home to receive positive energy? One way to do this is to fill your own space with potted plants and fresh flowers, bright colors and fragrance also make your home a cozy space.

According to experts, some plants are better than others to promote positive energy and better well-being. Some of the best include cactus, bamboo, jasmine, lavender, miniature roses, rosemary, mint, chrysanthemum, aloe vera, and orchids.

7. Consider the crystals to lift the vibes

The use of crystals for healing and positivity goes back to ancient times. The Sumerians made “magic potions” of quartz, the Greeks used amethyst as amulets, and the Chinese used jade in medicine.

It is said that these popular crystals have numerous benefits. Even if you do not believe in the healing powers of crystals, they will add some style to your home which guarantees that you will have an improved mood. Why do not you try to have them in your home? Its beauty to the eyes and what it produces to see them, can more than any belief. They are an invaluable jewel. Try the following stones and you will see the excellent effects they give to your space:

  • Turquoise
  • Bloodstone
  • Smoked Quartz
  • Pink quartz
  • Cornelian
  • Quartz crystal
  • The Celestine
  • Citrine
  • Aventurine

8. Choose colors that positively influence your mood

The colors used in our home are a direct reflection of our personality and can affect our mood and thoughts in very subtle ways.

The reaction to a color is unique in each person, so you should choose the one that you consider most appropriate for you. In general, we are affected by color in the following ways:

Red – Increases the energy level of a room and increases the adrenaline and pumping of the blood, thus energy. It can be too stimulating for some people, and some spaces. Crimson can invoke feelings of rage and hostility.

Yellow – It is energizing and stimulating. It captures the joy of sunlight and the signs of happiness. Too much yellow can create feelings of frustration and anger.

Blue – It can be soothing, relaxing and serene, but it can also cause feelings of sadness.

Green – The most relaxing color for the eye, which promotes comfort, calm and growth.

Purple – Dark tones are associated with luxury, creativity, and drama. The clearer versions bring the same quality of rest as the blue, but with more heat.

Orange – Evokes emotion, enthusiasm, and energy.

9. Lighting candles for high energy in the environment

Candles have been used for thousands of years to provide light, calm transmit and highlight celebration. Its deep yellow glow is hypnotic, reflective and a great focal point for meditation.

Lighting any candle will help increase the vibrations in your house, but choosing certain colors and odors in the candles (like those listed throughout this post) will increase them even more.

Remember that many of the candles purchased in stores can be hazardous to your health and contribute to poor air quality. Choose candles based on soy, scented with natural essential oils or, you could also make your own candles.

10. Let the fresh air in

A poorly ventilated home and lack of oxygen can lead to feelings of lethargy and low mood. It’s just an unpleasant place to be. One of the easiest ways to cool the air is to open the windows. Simply letting in fresh air for a few minutes each morning before going to work will cleanse and rejuvenate.

Increase oxygen levels in your home and soon you will feel more energetic, sleep better and enjoy better overall health.
Other ways to keep the feeling of fresh air inside include avoiding chemical air fresheners, flushing dirty clothes immediately and keeping your pets’ beds clean.

11. Meditate

Raise your own vibrations through positive thinking, clear intention, and a focused perspective – this is also known as meditation.

When you start doing it, you will feel happier and less stressed. You can enjoy greater concentration, awareness, and self-acceptance. There are physical benefits too – such as better heart health, immune function, and longevity.

Once you begin to feel the beneficial effects of meditation, you will soon begin to associate them with the place where you meditate – your home!

12. Fill your home with beauty and happy memories

Make your home an extension of yourself! Choose elements that have a special meaning, that make you happy and that inspire you.

When choosing between keeping or removing a piece, ask yourself if it evokes good or bad memories, or has positive or negative connotations.

Illustrations, books, trinkets, signs, memory jars and framed photos all serve to make your home a place of positive energy.

13. Reduce consumption of electrical appliances

Having the TV on can affect the mood of a room – depending on what you are watching and how it makes you feel. Be aware of when and what you see on television.

There is a direct cause-effect relationship between the amount of time spent watching television and a possible diagnosis of depression – this is something that definitely decreases the levels of vibration both in yourself and in your home.

14. Eliminate toxins

Having a home full of chemicals and other toxins surely impact negatively on your health, your mental well-being and the vibrations that surround you.

These are quickly and easily eliminated by choosing to use natural substitutes.

15. Create a space for relaxation

While your entire home should feel like a place where you can relax and enjoy yourself, creating your own sanctuary in a room, cubicle or a corner can be very important to you. Appreciate this space and enjoy the time you have for yourself – spend at least ten minutes there every day.

It can be used for meditation, reading, yoga, or anything else that revitalizes you and elevates your vibrations.

How To Make A Room Look Bigger

There are several ways to transform a small room into a spacious place. It is simply about creating a visual illusion, based on colors, lighting, and furniture correctly selected.How To Make A Room Look Bigger

How to make a room look bigger

How to Decorate a Small Room

In most homes, we can find a small room that we do not know how to decorate and organize it to look more spacious.

There are numerous ideas or strategies that help expand our small room. With just a few touches you can transform the place into a bright, pleasant and peaceful atmosphere.

The following suggestions will help create a new space in our home.

Tips to make a room appear larger

  • Use a light color combination. The ideal are pastels, neutrals, and whites. Avoid the contrasts, the floor and ceiling should also be light colors. The light colors, besides giving the impression of bigger places, also give a sensation of peace.
  • The lighting is also key. The best in these cases are recessed lights. Avoid table lamps or standing lamps. Incandescent bulbs are a smart alternative.
  • The room should not be too heavy, the decorations should not be many and not very large.
  • Using mirrors as accessories is a good choice, as they not only reflect images, but also light. It is a very wise and original choice to choose the mirrored tiles, are economical and very simple to place. They already come with glue, just remove the paper that covers them in the back and places the tiles in the chosen place.
  • A glass table, whether for decoration or to eat, gives a feeling of spaciousness.
  • If you want to paper it, do not use a large or extravagant print. The best thing to give a bigger sensation is to use small prints.
  • The furniture should also have a more clear color, should not be located in places where they clog and should be few and functional. You can also use chairs without armrests and with a quiet back. If the furniture is made of transparent material, it would be fantastic.
  • Most of these tips can be applied to any environment, including the bathroom.

“There are numerous ideas or strategies that help to” expand “our small room. With just a few touches you can transform the place into a bright, pleasant and peaceful environment.

Tips to make a room appear larger

  • Use a light color combination. The ideal are pastels, neutrals, and whites. Avoid the contrasts, the floor and ceiling should also be light colors. The light colors, besides giving the impression of bigger places, also give a sensation of peace.
  • The lighting is also key. The best in these cases are recessed lights. Avoid table lamps or standing lamps. Incandescent bulbs are a smart alternative.
  • The room should not be too heavy, the decorations should not be many and not very large.
  • Using mirrors as accessories is a good choice, as they not only reflect images, but also light. It is a very wise and original choice to choose the mirrored tiles, are economical and very simple to place. They already come with glue, just remove the paper that covers them in the back and places the tiles in the chosen place.
  • A glass table, whether for decoration or to eat, gives a feeling of spaciousness.
  • If you want to paper it, do not use a large or extravagant print. The best thing to give a bigger sensation is to use small prints.
  • The furniture should also have a more clear color, should not be located in places where they clog and should be few and functional. You can also use chairs without armrests and with a quiet back. If the furniture is made of transparent material, it would be fantastic.
  • Most of these tips can be applied to any environment, including the bathroom.

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