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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What Wood Is That?: A Manual of Wood Identification (Studio Book) Hardcover – May 23, 1969 by Herbert L. Edlin (Author)

“Strong, pliable, and natural, wood is the world?s most versatile structural resource. But how to tell one kind from another and choose just the right wood for your project? This remarkable collection of forty actual wood samples shows the color, grain, and texture of the leading varieties. Detailed drawings identify uncut, unfinished trees by their […]

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The Garages of Jamaica Cottage Shop by Kim Rak

I’ve never had a garage. Not a real one. But if I needed one, or needed to recommend a company that makes them….it most certainly would be Jamaica Cottage Shop’s classy rugged garages. These good looking buildings are reminiscent of the timeless design of yesteryear, (right down to the post & beam and tenon joinery), […]

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High Quality Craftsmanship by Kim Rak

Jamaica Cottage Shop has now been building shed and cabin kits, fully assembled buildings (including custom) & diy plans, since 1995. They have maintained their one person per building policy; their selection of wood is focused on a local, sustainable harvest of Vermont pine and hemlock, and they have continued to pursue time honored traditions of […]

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Cabin Porn: Inspiration for Your Quiet Place Somewhere

by Zach Klein (Author), Noah Kalina (Photographer), Steven Leckart (Contributor) This title will be released on September 29, 2015. Pre-order.   Rural escapes for those yearning for a simpler existence, by the creators of the wildly popular tumblr Cabin Porn. “Created by a group of friends who preserve 55 acres of hidden forest in Upstate […]

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Rolling Homes: Handmade Houses on Wheels

Paperback. 1979. By Jane Lidz Wonderful pictures of some of the most unusual homes on wheels – travel trailers of unique design!

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This Tiny House (on Wheels) by Kim Rak

Long a fan of good design, innovative ideas and travel, I first mentioned the tiny house on wheels designs Jamaica Cottage Shop was working on in a post I did in March, when the design was still only a frame. Since then, Jamaica Cottage Shop showed this little gem (it is after all, only 8’ […]

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New Fangled Building Terminology and What It Really Means. By Kim Rak

      First of all it’s important to know that the idea behind shipping buildings as kits, is not a new one. Middle class Victorians ordered pre-cut building kits, and parts (like porches) by mail order, and received them by boat and rail. There was an increasing surge in mail order kit homes, as […]

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