Yay Frame – Boyne Falls, MI
Yay! Frame: a 1969 A-Frame tucked into the woods of Northern Michigan.
A neglected A-Frame with a dark and rundown hunting cabin feel gets a gut renovation with an uplifting and modern twist. Accentuating the structures grandeur by lightning surfaces and bringing light up into the peak created a cheer worthy home (Yay!). Special attention was paid to capitalizing on the angles and utilizing every square inch of the homes 1800 SF.
Tessa – The A-frame itself is a hidden treasure, and being able to get our hands on it was a stroke of luck. The morning started out normally, which means slowly, with coffee, the couch, and Zillow. We had been on the hunt for a pandemic project to stave off the boredom. The listing had just made it to Zillow earlier that morning, and with both of us having a soft spot for A-frames, I gave the listing agent a ring and found out that it had actually already been on the market for a week, there were multiple offers, and the offer deadline was in four hours. We were three and a half hours away at the time, so we hopped in the car (with our coffees) and headed north! The A-frame had been neglected for years, having only been used as a cabin, so mice had moved in, everything was brown, and there were an extraordinary number of lazy-boys filling the living room. Through the disaster, though, we could see the good 1969 bones and we wrote an offer in the driveway before starting our drive back, the seller accepted our offer before we even got out of the car!
WHEN LIFE GIVES YOU LEMONS
Zeb – A-frames are full of lemons; you can find them in every little corner and angled space where the A meets the floor! While the angles are completely endearing, they do create a pinch point along the floor line that has the potential to become a ton of unusable space. We really challenged ourselves to utilize all of those spaces, making them functional but without hiding the form of the A. We used these little spaces in a variety of ways, adding things like library and game shelving, a desk, fire wood storage and even tucking in a shower bench.
Tessa – When we got the A-frame, every surface was some shade of brown, with pine covering all of the wall and ceiling surfaces. The pine was overwhelming: some of it had been left to age naturally, but in other places it had been stained a dark brown, and the effect was dark and depressing. We wouldn’t normally consider painting over wood, but we decided that in this case, we had to make an exception. We painted every single pine surface white with the exception of the pine cladding on the angles of the A-frame. The pine is tongue and groove with an overlap, and once it was all painted white, the overlap became the dominant feature and now it reads like a vertical texture, accentuating the height of A-frame. The pine that we left natural now feels warm and special. The outcome was completely transformative!
TEAMWORK MAKES THE DREAM WORK