The Tipi – A Cost-Efficient A-Frame House in Belgium

This small house can be found near the city of Leuven, Belgium. Called “The Tipi”, the house is a simple A-frame structure that’s been rebuilt and refurbished by a young couple. The couple intend to stay in the house on a temporary basis until they can afford to move into something a little more permanent.


The Tipi - A Frame Cottage - Belgium - Exterior - Humble Homes

The high rent in the city of Leuven forced the owners to seek alternative accommodation. That alternative accommodation came in the form of a small used A-frame house, which was in a bit of a state of disrepair. However, with the help of some friends, they managed to dismantle, repair and reassemble the house using mostly recycled materials.


The Tipi - A Frame Cottage - Belgium - Kitchen and Dining Area - Humble Homes

According to the owners, they were slightly concerned that there wouldn’t be enough space for them, their stuff, and their dachshund puppy. As it turns out they were able to make the move with ease: “It’s cozy, easy to clean and we have everything we need… It was also a good occasion to get rid of stuff we didn’t really need but had been moving along with us for several years.”


The Tipi - A Frame Cottage - Belgium - Living Area - Humble Homes

The house looks to be set on a small concrete pad foundation. The roof is finished with corrugated sheeting, and the gable ends are clad in timber. On the front end there’s another two concrete pads that serve as a decking area. From outside the house looks tiny, but on the inside its surprisingly spacious.

The Tipi - A Frame Cottage - Belgium - Living Area Patio Doors - Humble Homes

They’ve managed to fit in a living area, dining area, bathroom and a kitchen with a breakfast bar on the first floor. A steep staircase takes you up to the second floor with a walk-in closet and a snug bedroom. The white-painted walls and inclined beams help to keep the space from feeling cramped.

The Tipi - A Frame Cottage - Belgium - Bedroom - Humble Homes

The owners have found living in the Tipi to be very social; people tend to stop by and ask about the home. They also mention that they now don’t have to stress as much about their future home – there’s no rush, and they’re saving a considerable amount of money when compared to renting. Leuven city’s regulations will allow them to live in the temporary dwelling for up to 5 years, after which they hope to pass it on to other people.

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Photos: Inne Van Engeland and Dorien Buys

Niall Burke

Structural engineer by day, tiny house designer by night. Niall has a keen interest in small spaces, green design, and sustainability. He started developing Humble Homes while studying for his masters degree in engineering. He is the founder and managing editor of Humble Homes.

  1. I would love to know the dimensions, im putting together plans for an A frame in Northern michigan an this looks about perfect. .