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A-frame houses and why they're so popular

A-frame houses and why they're so popular

When home shopping, many buyers identify the style of home they want to live in. Some of the most popular styles include ranch, mid-century modern and colonial, according to Trulia. One rare vintage look many homebuyers are seeking today is the A-frame house.

An A-frame house looks, unsurprisingly, like the letter A, with its walls meeting at a steep point up top and sloping down almost to the ground. This centuries-old style had a spike of popularity after World War II when many Americans had some extra income to afford grander vacations, according to Realtor.com. Interest in this style faded into the background as the years went by, but is now experiencing a resurgence.

Inexpensive to build

For those who want to build their own unique home, A-frame styles can be relatively cheap. There are a few great self-build cottage kits that give people with moderate skills the ability to craft their own homes in less than a year. Some can be modest abodes with just a few hundred square feet to work with, while others are larger, making room for multiple bedrooms and bathrooms for a family to occupy. One company, Avrame, sells kits for $35,000 or less, Curbd reported.

Often found in great locations

Not all homebuyers want to build their own A-frames, which means they'll have to seek out their perfect already completed home. Unfortunately, this style of home isn't all that common, according to Realtor.com.

"There are not many A-frames left on the market, due to high demand and low inventory," explained Owen Boller, a real estate agent who works in the Manhattan area. "The majority of A-frames were built in the late 1900s, and homeowners tend to hold onto them more so than other types of homes. Generally speaking, if a second home in the country is why you are purchasing a home, an A-frame might be a good option ... if you can find one."

However, for those lucky homebuyers who do find an A-frame listing, chances are, it's in a beautiful location. When this style became more popular after WWII, many people thought of them as vacation spots and second homes, which means they were built in picturesque locales, often with sprawling views of lakes, rivers, forests and mountains. In other words, they're typically ideal for getaways and outdoorsy individuals and families.

Accommodative construction

Thanks to their triangular shape, A-frame houses are very structurally sound. Designing buildings using triangles goes all the way back to ancient days - consider the pyramids of ancient Egypt or those found in Central America.

Another perk of the steeply sloped walls is rain and snow will slide right off, reducing the risk of heavy buildup or ice dams.

A-frame homes typically have open floor plans, which gives creative homebuyers a blank slate which they can make their home unique to their needs and style. Additionally, given the large open area and wide walls, A-frame houses typically have large windows that let in a lot of light.

Whether you're hard-set on finding an A-frame home or you're open to homes in a wide range of styles, getting preapproved for a mortgage can help make the homebuying process simpler and quicker. Reach out to The Federal Savings Bank to get started.