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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Domenic Mangano – King of the Cottage

By Message of the Week Domenic Mangano, 39, started the Jamaica Cottage Shop 14 years ago, building doghouses in his backyard with a circular saw, a hammer and a little start-up seed money. Today, the shop is “the leader in the country shipping post and beam shed kits, and anyone close to us is still […]

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Living Large, A look into the Tiny House Movement By Jamaica Cottage Shop

One of the best videos Jamaica Cottage Shop has made so far – journaling Tiny House culture. Be sure to subscribe to their channel to follow their work & insight in the growing Tiny Home phenomena #tinyhousemovement “Tiny Houses – learn more. What they are all about. This brief video begins to answer the question, […]

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What Is Rough Sawn, Full-Dimensional Lumber?

To understand rough-sawn and full-dimensional lumber, it’s important to understand the different ways that lumber might get processed before it gets sold. All lumber gets cut to the specified dimensions, but almost all methods of drying and processing will shrink the boards to some degree. Woodworkers need to be aware that the source and processing […]

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Beautiful She Sheds – By Kim Rak

An extension of home, but just for the lady of the house, this current  trend of backyard retreats being decked out in girly sweetness has everything being covered – crafting space, sewing rooms, writing studios, painting space, meditative quiet rooms & a gathering place for just the girls.  

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Winter Isn’t Over Yet…

  DIY PLANS $45, KITS (ESTIMATED ASSEMBLY TIME – 1 PERSON 20 HOURS OR FULLY ASSEMBLED. *JCS OFFERS FREE SHIPPING ON KITS

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An Old-Fashioned Christmas: Sweet Traditions for Hearth and Home

By VERMONT author Ellen Stimson An Old-Fashioned Christmas: Sweet Traditions for Hearth and Home Hardcover Celebrate the beauty and charm of the holidays with recipes for traditional food and drink, decorating ideas, and heartwarming stories With its trademark snow, piney forests, sleigh rides and woodsmoke curling out of village chimneys, New England was practically invented for […]

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Custom Buildings – By Kim Rak

Though Jamaica Cottage Shop is primarily a tiny house & homestead company (since 1995) – building thousands of kits yearly that ship *free across the continental US & Eastern Canada, selling original designs for the DIYers as plans ($50), steadily growing the accessories needed for the DIY crowd, and building fully assembled rugged post & […]

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