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Hold your horses! Do Horses Need a Run In Shelter?

12x20 Run In for Horses

If you’re a horse lover, you already know that horses are hardy animals that can tolerate a wide range of temperature conditions. So if you are a new horse owner, or planning to purchase some animals in the future, you might ask yourself “What kind of shelter do my horses need?”

The Whimsical Charm of Cottagecore Buildings

INTRODUCTION TO COTTAGECORE Cottagecore, a lifestyle movement that emerged in the late 2010s and gained widespread popularity on platforms like Tumblr, celebrates the charm of rural living, with a particular focus on the enchanting allure of cottages and nature. This trend extends beyond aesthetics, emphasizing sustainable practices (like homesteading), promoting slow-food principles, and encouraging off-grid living. […]

Goat Houses Galore: A Comprehensive Guide to Sheltering Your Goats

Ensuring the protection and well-being of your cherished goats demands careful consideration when selecting a durable goat house. While goats are known for their hardiness and resilience, they still require adequate shelter to protect them from the elements. Giving your goats a comfortable house will promote their happiness and productivity for your homestead. Whether you […]

The Benefits of Growing Wildflower Gardens

Wildflowers Blog Cover Photo

When the warmer seasons come, many people look forward to getting outside in their garden and planting a beautiful bounty of flowers and vegetables. What you choose to grow in your yard will influence how much maintenance it will need, and how well your plants thrive. If you want to plant a garden that is […]

Best Chicken Breeds for Homesteading

simple post and beam coop for free range chickens.

What if there was a machine that could take your fruit and vegetable scraps and turn them into delicious food? Well, they may not be new technology, but chickens are able to do exactly that! Raising chickens is a great way to live a more sustainable lifestyle. They can help you reduce food waste, decrease […]

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

Timber frame cabin with green gable style roof, front door with wood steps and overhang, and grass with fallen leaves.

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 […]

Featured Build: Garden Shed

8x12 Nook post and beam cabin with clapboard siding, asphalt shingle roof and porch railing.

Our post and beam Garden Shed is a tidy little build that is ideal for a variety of uses, almost too many to count! First, it was designed with gardeners in mind of course. The small footprint creates a dedicated space for storing tools, potting soil, pots, watering cans and seeds, all protected from the […]