The Alpha: An A-Frame for Modern Lifestyles

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The Alpha

An A-frame for modern lifestyles

The Modern Alpha A-frame

HISTORY: Lindal entered the A-frame market shortly after Sir Walter Lindal founded the Company in 1945. From the 1950s through the 1970s, A-frames were in huge demand as vacation homes that were easy to build, even in remote locations. One of Lindal’s patented A-frames, built in the Bahamas, was featured on the cover of Popular Mechanics in April 1966. At the time, the kit of materials along with DIY assembly instructions cost a whopping $3,345!

INTRODUCING THE ALPHA: Today, there is renewed interest in the A-frame among design-conscious people who want a vacation getaway or primary residence that makes a strong architectural statement. The traditional A-frame anchors the roof to the ground, which creates areas of unusable space with insufficient headroom. Lindal worked with architectural designer Aris Georges of OM Studio Design to create a modern A-frame that celebrates the fundamental geometry and purity of the structure in a fresh new way.

A 3D view of the five-frame design illustrates the system of taking the frames off the ground and extending them past the foundation.

The A-frame is one of architecture’s most distinctive styles. The simple yet stylish design has been used for centuries.
Popular Mechanics magazine, April 1966.

The Alpha is built on a raised foundation and partially exposes the triangular framing on the exterior. This unique design is both aesthetic and functional in nature: It protects the frame from the ground, allows additional light to penetrate the interior of the home through inverted clerestory windows under the roof, and creates more usable space in the width of the interior.

Structure, System & Scalability

Lindal’s system-built grid and modular approach to home design allows us to extend the house lengthwise (the width remains the same) by adding frames to the simple base model.

ALPHA 4 Four frames 670 SF ALPHA 5 Five frames 750 SF ALPHA 5+ Five frames 1246 SF (+Loft) ALPHA 7+ Seven frames 1723 SF (+ Large loft)
48'-4" 59'-4" 81'-4"
ALPHA 7 Seven frames 1567 SF (+ Small loft)

The Alpha 4 base model is a small vacation home consisting of four frames. Entry is through a foyer with access to the bedroom and bathroom. Along the opposite wall, low-headroom areas are used for built-in storage. The house plan flows from the entry into the kitchen and living room area. A wall of glass embraces the view, and sliding doors open to an optional deck.

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ALPHA 4 670 SQ FT 1 BED 1 BATH Entry Bath Deck Bed Kitchen Living Dining closet storage Deck closet

Adding a frame to the base model creates the Alpha 5. This design can be configured with a bedroom area or an open floor plan. The extra frame expands the great room area.

Low windows allow light to penetrate deep into the structure, bringing in light from the sides and additional views to the outdoors, while retaining the integrity of the triangular form.

Entry Bath Deck Bed Kitchen Living Dining closet storage Deck closet

The Alpha 5+ includes a loft and second bedroom. In all Alpha designs with loft areas, a Viewrail spiral staircase leads to a second level.

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ALPHA 5+ 1246 SQ FT 2 BED 1 BATH Entry Bath Living Dining Deck Bed Kitchen Deck Bed up dn open open to below closet storage Loft/Flex Space cl storage

BATH The Alpha 7 includes a one-bedroom, one-bathroom loft.

ALPHA 7 and 7+

Essentially an Alpha 4 with a three-frame module added to it, the Alpha 7 is entered through a notched area in the middle, dividing the space into shared and private areas while bringing light from the center of the structure to both sides. Large enough to accommodate a family, the Alpha 7 is a good choice as a primary residence. Both the Alpha 7 and 7+ include optional lofts.

The lower level of Alpha 7+ is the same as Alpha 7. The upper level has two bedrooms and one bathroom.

up dn open to below open cl Entry Powder Deck Bed Kitchen Living Dining closet storage Deck closet Bath storage st Bed Bath stor
1567 SQ FT
dn open to below open closet Bed Bath stor Bed storage
1723 SQ FT 3 BED

The architectural designs, drawings, and images in this book will give you new ideas about how your Lindal home will look. All of the designs, drawings and images belong to Lindal Cedar Homes, Inc. They are protected by copyright law, and you may use them only to design and construct a home using Lindal’s premium building materials. Any other use of the designs, drawings, photographs and images in this book, including without limitation the preparation of new plans based on Lindal’s plans, is strictly prohibited. Renderings and photographs may show premium upgrades available from Lindal. Due to individual customization some photographs may vary from the floor plan. Plan scale varies due to the graphic design and printing process. Consult your local independent Lindal dealer for updates and pricing. All rights reserved.

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