This Modern A-Frame Is a Minimalists' Dream Come True

Just 45 minutes east of Seattle sits a contemporary prefab big on plywood and natural light

This Modern A-Frame Is a Minimalists' Dream Come True


Graham Hiemstra


Cameron Munn

Field Mag's benevolent overlord, formerly of the PNW and now residing in NYC. We apologize in advance for his many mispellings.

Photography by Cameron Munn

Just an hour east of Seattle sits one of the most picturesque modern A-Frame builds we’ve seen to date. Erected in just two days thanks to innovative Mass Plywood Panel construction (and a crane), the 1,721-square-foot cabin is a real looker.

Located at the foot of Snoqualmie Pass ski area Hyak—the very ski resort I grew up at—this modern cabin exists at the very center of my architectural dreams Venn diagram—prefab, A-Frame, Pacific Northwest. Oh boy it's good.


Designed by architect Ryan Stephenson of Stephenson Design Collective and built by Mark Rylant of Buildhouse, a new multidisciplinary build studio specializing in modern prefab and custom designs, the Scandinavian-inspired cabin is perfectly minimal from the standing-seam metal roof to the spacious interior.


Even with a massive ceiling height, the fir plywood and natural light that pours in throughout makes the space feel cozy and intimate. Exposed black iron hardware and beams give a subtle industrial feel that both juxtaposes and complements the space. A wood burning stove amplifies the cozy mountain cabin vibes.


With a total of two bedrooms, two bathrooms, and an open loft area (and basement mud room for gear storage) this A-Frame hits the Goldy Locks proportions.

Sadly, this beaut sold this past winter for the low low price of $710k (lol). For more affordable A-Frames, check out these A-Frame cabin kits starting at just $6,500.


Published 12-03-2019