Beginner’s Guide to Owning Emus as Pets

Chances are you’ve seen an emu before, but maybe didn’t know what it was called. You probably remembered it though – they are big, impressive birds. But these aren’t just zoo animals! Many people across the USA keep these prehistoric-looking creatures as pets. If you are interested in having a pet emu to call your […]

Where to find Local Vermont Products

Jamaica Cottage Shop isn’t just about building cabins, sheds and tiny homes—it’s about building our community! We’re proud to manufacture our products at our factory in Londonderry, VT using regionally sourced materials. But we also love collaborating with other businesses in the community, like Northern Sun Mercantile, who specialize in local Vermont products. Northern Sun […]

Planning a Mini-Homestead for Urban Farming

Each year mini-homesteading and urban farming enthusiasts find new ways to make their dreams come true. Read on for some tips to plan out your mini-homestead with the help of some post and beam buildings.

Basic Versus Standard Run-Ins

Jamaica Cottage Shop offers two styles of Run-In sheds: the basic and the standard. Learn which one works best for your needs.

5 Steps for Winter Greenhouse Maintenance

6x8 Greenhouse being used by a skilled gardener

Frosty mornings and snowy days ahead mean it is time to close up your greenhouse, or at the very least, weatherize it. Adding this winter greenhouse maintenance to-do list to your end-of-fall duties will ensure that your greenhouse is tidied up for the winter.

Introducing the Barnyard Bundle: Post and Beam Livestock Shelters

The Barnyard Bundle is a package of DIY building plans for farm structures.

Some of our favorite post and beam livestock shelters were designed with our furry and feathered friends in mind. Newbie urban farmers and experienced homesteaders alike will need shelters for their farm animals. Giving your chickens, ducks, goats, pigs, sheep, and horses a dry place to rest will keep them healthy year-round. Storage for their […]

Building Site Preparation for your Cottage, Barn, or Shed

We at Jamaica Cottage Shop know that a successful build starts with a good foundation. Whether you are adding a small shed or cottage to your yard, or planning something more on the scale of a garage or large cabin, knowing how to properly prepare your building site will save you time and money in […]