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 8×16 Cross Gable Tiny House on a Trailer 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 […]

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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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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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