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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Summertime Retreats

Great gift idea for Mothers Day. A coffee table book on backyard sheds transformed into, “Spaces for woman to create, write, make, grow, think and escape” “Why should men have all the sheds? Every woman deserves a shed of her own, somewhere to retreat to for some quiet time, to create or grow, to write […]

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Shed Plans – Backyard Fun Spaces – By Kim Rak

Recently, Domenic (the owner of Jamaica Cottage Shop), sent me a list of some suggestions for some articles. #3 made me smile ~ Three – Turning common backyard sheds into a neighborhood bar, using sheds as living spaces especially for social gathering. What an amazing (and totally fun) idea ! I immediately started to imagine […]

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Shed Humor & “Pimping Your Shed”

Father’s Day ideas from Jamaica Cottage Shop “The Joy of Sheds” written by Frank Hopkinson Via Amazon “A humorous miscellany chronicling man’s need for a small space all his own A collection of shed facts, shed humor, shed features, shed design, shed maintenance, and more, this witty book covers every aspect of the shed experience. […]

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Exciting Happenings at Jamaica Cottage Shop !!! – By Kim Rak

National Geographic’s Top Rated TV Show “Building Wild”, and the well known TV hosts, “The Cabin Kings”, have partnered with Jamaica Cottage Shop, to bring you the story on how a larger prefab Cabin Kit can be built to suit your needs – and Jamaica Cottage Shop’s exciting hot new design, the 20’ x 30’ […]

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More on ~ Building Custom: Having the Answers Ready. by Kim Rak

This option is crazy pretty. Apparently, Jamaica Cottage Shop has been making these hand forged iron (local) pieces available since they started making buildings in 1995.  I think they are a wonderful way to make a building a little extra special, and they are both affordable, and unique.  I especially like the hinges. But, hang […]

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Mud Season – By Kim Rak

If you don’t live in New England, you might never have even heard of this extra season. I spent the first 50+ years of my life “enjoying” the pros and cons of this short time, where it falls in between winter & spring. It’s a curious time of t-shirt days, often snowy nights, and rushing […]

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Sugar Shacks & Sugaring Houses: the Company that makes the DIY Plans, Prefabricated Kits and Fully Assembled Buildings. by Kim Rak

I wondered how many companies make sugar shacks. A quick google search didn’t answer my question. Is there really only one company selling a comprehensive selection of this classic building? Seems so. Jamaica Cottage Shop, in picturesque Southern Vermont, has quietly been building an extensive inventory of homesteading buildings for 20 plus years now. The […]

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