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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The Maple Sugar Book by the well known pioneering New Englanders

Helen & Scott Nearing From their famous “Good Life” series “Maple sugaring was an important source of cash for the Nearings, as it continues to be for many New England farmers today. This book is filled with a history of sugaring from Native American to modern times, with practical tips on how to sap trees, […]

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Who Knew That Roofing Could Be So Cute? By Kim Rak

I seriously procrastinated writing this article, because I wasn’t sure I knew how to tell everyone that such a mundane thing like (insert yawn here) roofing shingles, might actually be better then you imagined. The more I hemmed, and then hawed, and then hemmed some more…I started to think about how maybe this story wasn’t […]

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Add Color with Inexpensive Metal Roofing Options (to Dramatically Change a Basic Model) – By Kim Rak

Every time I am immersed in the Jamaica Cottage Shop’s photo albums (50,000 plus pics to eventually glean), methodically organizing them by categories, I start to see sub-categories that I really want to show off. Hence, the article on metal roofing options. It is a simple way to change a basic design, and it’s only […]

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What to expect when you order the 6’ x 8’ ~Greenhouse~ as a Pre-Cut Kit – By Kim Rak

While writing, organizing, and creating content for the past 6 months, for Jamaica Cottage Shop, several things became abundantly clear to me. Not only does this company have an amazing amount of inventory to choose from, but most importantly, the products are beautiful, strategic in their design, and the process for you to build them […]

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Handmade Houses: A Guide to the Woodbutcher’s Art

Handmade Houses: A Guide to the Woodbutcher’s Art By Art Boericke/Barry Shapiro This book is strongly suggested for anyone looking for inspiration. This compilation of photos is a great visual library for getting those creative juices flowing. [button

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