How did you get started with Jamaica Cottage Shop?

This must be one of the most frequently asked questions I personally receive when folks meet me in person. The year was 1995, I was 26 years old. After living out doors with my two dogs for the past summer behind Equinox Mountain in “Bear Town” a long hollow deep into Sandgate, Vermont I was […]

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Work to Live or Live to Work

Tiny House Village Now Accepting Applications Wow! That is what we want to hear. A tiny house village where folks with their own tiny houses can come and park and live with like minded individuals. Fill out an application and stay for the season or make a home and join the tiny home communities year […]

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The Story of a Spit Rat

Shelter is a roof over your head. A place to rest, rejuvenate and prepare for what will come next in your life’s journey. It is not where you live or what you live in. It is the surroundings you keep. Having a sense of belonging to a community among like-minded folks creates a bond of […]

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New Tiny Houses on Wheels by Kim Rak

There are some more wonderful designs coming out of Jamaica Cottage Shops work-spaces these days. A big fan of their new Tiny House on Wheels design from this past winter, I have been noticing I am not the only one excited about the #tinyhousesonwheels movement – Jamaica Cottage Shop is also adapting existing designs to […]

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For DIY Builders by Kim Rak

When I work on the many segments of Jamaica Cottage Shops media, curating thousands of photographs & building written material, I notice areas of interest that are available, but may not currently be recognized enough as part of Jamaica Cottage Shops inventory. One area that is emerging is a handy resource, the parts & accessories […]

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Wood Pellet Storage Bins by Kim Rak

I like the idea of these sturdy pellet (or feed) storage bins. Anything utilitarian that fits in a camp, cottage or cabin suits me just fine. Made by Vermont craftsmen of high quality eastern white pine (or cedar) with tongue & groove construction, they can hold a hefty 200 + lbs of wood pellets. (Six […]

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Reflections (and some advice) on living in a yurt for five New England winters By Sarah Antel

Somewhere in New England is a farm where my idealism was born and buried. I know, you’re thinking you’re going to live in a yurt because you want affordable shelter and a more permanent space is out of your budget. I know you, or at least your way of thinking because once upon a time […]

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The Versatile Gibraltar Cabin – By Kim Rak

The Gibraltar (definition – very solid, strong, and will not be destroyed) Cabin is one of Jamaica Cottage Shops most popular buildings. Originally designed to be a beautiful backyard shed, it has since been discovered by tiny house enthusiasts as well. Currently listed with 6 standard sizes, it is available as cabin kits (estimated assembly time – […]

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Plan Ahead – DIY Plans ($50), or Kits, for Sugaring Houses & Greenhouses by Kim Rak

It is almost fall. The kids are getting ready to go back to school (mine started on Monday), and the wood is (hopefully), cut, split & stored properly. Getting one step ahead is never easy, but now would be the time to make arrangements for sugaring houses & greenhouses for next spring. It is much […]

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Smoke: New Firewood Cooking Hardcover – April 30, 2013

Smoke: New Firewood Cooking Hardcover – April 30, 2013 by Tim Byres (Author), Josh Ozersky (Foreword) Winner of the 2014 James Beard Award in the General Cooking Category “A Texan chef shows there is a whole world of flavor beyond just barbecue. Smoke is a primer on the most time-tested culinary technique of all—but one […]

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