Off Grid Getaways by Kim Rak

Picturesque as can be, these 16’ x 20’ Vermont Cottages are the perfect getaways. Off grid, self sufficient, eco friendly lifestyles are available with cottage kits (these examples are estimated at 2 people, 40 hours), diy cottage plans ($50) or fully assembled cottages. These off the grid house designs do have options like electrical packages, solar, […]

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What Happens at the Cabin Stays at the Cabin – Guest Book Journal

Size: 5″x8″ 160 blank or lined college ruled pages 60lb book-weight (24 lb bond) Front cover made of 12pt glossy paper Back cover made of thin flexible textured plastic  

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A Cabin in the Woods – By Kim Rak

I recently came across this charming photo of one of Jamaica Cottage Shops first Gibraltar Cabins, back when the only size they made was the 12’ x 20’ (now they have no less than 6 standard sizes to choose from). The siding has naturally weathered to this idyllic fairy tale patina, the landscaping has grown […]

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Turn a Tiny House into an AirBnB Rental – By Kim Rak

Considering how easily a tiny house can be settled onto acreage, it is not surprising that the tiny house community has discovered how quickly a profit can be turned from renting out these charming little spaces. Enthusiasts (including families who are considering a downsize in their life) want to experience the tiny house lifestyle. Couples […]

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More on Sap Houses by Kim Rak

Recently this short info piece came up on Jamaica Cottage Shops facebook page, and I thought it very interesting and worth a share. “A sugar shack, also known as sap house, sugar house, sugar shanty or sugar cabin (French: cabane à sucre) is a semi-commercial establishment, prominent mainly in Eastern Canada (although in some 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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