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# Posted: 30 Oct 2020 14:48

Hi all,

Yes, I know, A-Frames aren't efficent use of space, I get it. However, where I live (Quebec, Canada) the minimum size for a one floor habitable residence is just under 600f² and for a two storey is close to 700f² occurred to me that if those requirements could be met by the measurements of the structure at the base, you could actually have a smaller cabin, as the usable space of an A frame is a fair bit less than it's footprint would suggest.

Example, a 24' x 32' footprint would be 768f², safely above the minimum requirements for a two storey structure, but the usable space would probably be below 500f² inside.

I know that codes and requirements vary from one region to another, but does anyone have a guess as to whether or not this could work? The other upside to the A-Frame is with the large amounts of snow we get here in winter, so its advantages could potentially outweigh its disadvantages for me.

# Posted: 30 Oct 2020 16:26

So the purpose of the A frame would be to make less useable space than code normaly allows for?

# Posted: 30 Oct 2020 17:52

I'm in Ontario, so it's different but there was a catch called a 1/2 story where the upstairs side walls were only 4' as opposed to 8'. I had a buddy build a Cabin that way in Gatineau Quebec and he got that approved with regards to square footage. It may be worth looking into.

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