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New Tiny Houses on Wheels by Kim Rak

8x12 Mobile Nook Tiny House on Wheels with Trailer

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 […]

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 a handy resource is the Shed Doors, Windows and Hardware section […]

Wood Pellet Storage Bins by Kim Rak

2x3 Pellet Box - Pine or Cedar

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 40 lb. […]

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 – 2 people, 32 hours) […]

“Smoke: New Firewood Cooking Hardcover – April 30, 2013”

Smoke: New Firewood Cooking Hardcover – April 30, 2013by 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 that we […]

“What Wood Is That?: A Manual of Wood Identification (Studio Book) Hardcover

“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 […]

The Garages of Jamaica Cottage Shop by Kim Rak

Overhang with no floor and 6x6 Post and Beam construction.  Treated sill.

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), […]

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 mortise and tenon joinery, as well as the […]

Cabin Porn: Inspiration for Your Quiet Place Somewhere

by Zach Klein (Author), Noah Kalina (Photographer), Steven Leckart (Contributor) This title will be released on September 29, 2015. Pre-order. Rural escapes for those yearning for a simpler existence, by the creators of the wildly popular tumblr Cabin Porn. “Created by a group of friends who preserve 55 acres of hidden forest in Upstate New […]

This Tiny House (on Wheels) by Kim Rak

Long a fan of good design, innovative ideas and travel, I first mentioned the tiny wooden 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 small house on wheels (it is after all, only […]

New Fangled Building Terminology

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 […]

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 or paint, […]

Shed Plans – Backyard Fun Spaces – By Kim Rak

Our screen room design. Recently, Domenic (the owner of Jamaica Cottage Shop), sent me a list of some suggestions for some articles. #3 made me smile. Turning common backyard sheds into a neighborhood bar, using sheds as living spaces especially for social gathering. Jamaica Cottage Shop’s shed plans make this project a fun addition to your yard. What […]

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. Inventor […]

Cabin Kings Partners Showcase Sugar Shack

16x20 Sugar Shack Exterior

Cabin Kings Partners with Jamaica Cottage Shop to Showcase Sugar Shack SOUTH LONDONDERRY, Vt., March 17, 2015 (SEND2PRESS NEWSWIRE) — The Cabin Kings of the popular National Geographic reality TV program, “Building Wild,” have joined forces with Jamaica Cottage Shop to build one of their 20 x 30 rough cut timber frame cabin kits – […]

Mud Season – By Kim Rak

8x16 Tiny House on a Trailer

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 […]

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

10x16 Sugar Shack - Custom Exterior, post and beam shed plans

I wondered how many companies make sugar shack buildings. 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. […]

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

8x12 Customized Dollhouse - Exterior, diy shed kit

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 shingle options, 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 […]

Add Color with Inexpensive Metal Roofing Options

Custom Cabin - Exterior, wooden shed kits

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 […]

Kits Designed Around Century-Old Construction Techniques

Rustic cabin exterior with green gable style roof, snow on the ground, front porch with building material and a white fridge.

Pre-fab Cabin Kits Are Designed Around Century-Old Construction Techniques SOUTH LONDONDERRY, Vt., Feb. 23, 2015 (SEND2PRESS NEWSWIRE) — Jamaica Cottage Shop, Inc., values tradition. As a result, its pre-fabricated cabins, tiny houses and storage shed kits are designed to be constructed based on techniques learned from previous generations. Domenic Mangano, owner, Jamaica Cottage Shop, says […]

6X8 Greenhouse Pre-Cut Kit: What to Expect

6x8 Greenhouse with painted trim and doors.

6X8 Greenhouse Pre-Cut Kit: What to Expect What to expect when you order the 6X8 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 […]

Jamaica Cottage Shop, Inc. launches its new website

Consumer Demand for Tiny Houses Drives Vermont Company to Redesign Product Offerings SOUTH LONDONDERRY, Vt., Feb. 17, 2014 (SEND2PRESS NEWSWIRE) — Jamaica Cottage Shop, Inc. announced this week the launch of its new website, dynamically designed to showcase its post and beam tiny house kits, cabins, sheds and cottages. Domenic Mangano, founder, Jamaica Cottage Shop, […]

Vermont Company offers a chance to win a Free Brand New Shed

4x10 Hardware Shed

SOUTH LONDONDERRY, Vt., July 18, 2013 (SEND2PRESS NEWSWIRE) — There’s hope for “ugly shed” owners. Jamaica Cottage Shop, Inc. is hosting its first-ever “Ugly Shed” contest where the owner of the ugliest shed will win a beautiful new wooden shed. And, it’s free to enter. So, how does it work? Ugly shed owners simply fill […]

Vermont Company Launches New Product Line of Tiny Houses

The Gibraltar makes a great vendor booth, farm stand or artisan work shop.

– Photo Caption: A green living cabin by Jamaica Cottage Shop is perfect as an office, weekend getaway or guest house. Shown here is the 12 x 20 “Gibraltar.” SOUTH LONDONDERRY, Vt., April 17, 2013 (SEND2PRESS NEWSWIRE) — Jamaica Cottage Shop announced this week that it’s not just about sheds and storage spaces anymore! Its […]

Shed Company Opens Burlington Retail Outlet

Vermont Post and Beam Shed Company Opens Burlington Retail Outlet JAMAICA, Vt., Aug. 21 (SEND2PRESS NEWSWIRE) — Jamaica Cottage Shop, Inc. announced today that they have partnered with the newly developed company, Vermont Eco Cottage, in order to establish the most recent display/retail yard in Milton, Vermont. Established in 1995, Jamaica Cottage Shop (JCS) had […]

New Designs Featured by Post and Beam Shed Company

6x8 Nantucket

JAMAICA, Vt., Aug. 20 (SEND2PRESS NEWSWIRE) — Jamaica Cottage Shop introduces five new shed and cottage designs. The Do it yourself step by step plans and pre-cut kits are designed for the novice carpenter. The privately held corporation has been building and designing garden sheds, outdoor storage shed kits and plans, showing you how to […]

Donates Shed to Women’s Crisis Center

8x10 Vermonter - Custom exterior

Jamaica Cottage Shop, Inc. Donates Shed to Women’s Crisis Center BRATTLEBORO, Vt., June 30 (SEND2PRESS NEWSWIRE) — Jamaica Cottage Shop, Inc. (jamaicacottageshop.com) will work with the women’s crisis center to donate an 8×10 Vermonter, one of their most popular designs, which the women will use for storage of donated goods outside their facility. Jamaica Cottage […]

Local Vermont Shed Company to Offer Dealer Wholesale Program

Outhouse on JCS Transpotation

*(Photo Caption: Jamaica Cottage Shop New England style post and beam shed kits.) Update – 7/15/21 Since this blog post was created Jamaica Cottage Shop, Inc. has discontinued the Wholesale program. We do offer an affiliate program. For more details fill out our application. JAMAICA, Vt., Feb. 9 (SEND2PRESS NEWSWIRE) — Jamaica Cottage Shop, Inc. […]

Jamaica Cottage Shop, Inc. to Offer Free Set of Shed Plans

JAMAICA, Vt., Nov. 3 (SEND2PRESS NEWSWIRE) — For a limited time Jamaica Cottage Shop, Inc. is offering a free set of step-by-step plans for an 8×10 post and beam shed to anyone who signs up for the Funky Chicken Newsletter. The offer can be found on the website and the wooden cottage plans are made […]

Jamaica Cottage Shop Inc. Launches New Garbage Shed

2x4 Pine Garbage Bin

BURLINGTON, Vt. (SEND2PRESS NEWSWIRE) — Jamaica Cottage Shop, Inc. (www.JamaicaCottageShop.com), a premier builder of fine garden buildings based in Jamaica, Vermont, today announced the launch of the 2×4 Garbage Shed, an attractive and versatile cottage that is the perfect size for two fatty garbage cans. “The structure of our Garbage Shed is of the same […]

New Garbage Shed for Attractive Trash Management

2x4 Ready to Assemble Garbage Bin

Jamaica Cottage Shop Inc. Launches New Garbage Shed for Attractive Trash Management *(Photo Caption: The Jamaica Cottage Shop’s 2×4 Garbage Shed.) New Garbage Shed for Attractive Trash Management BURLINGTON, Vt. (SEND2PRESS NEWSWIRE) — Jamaica Cottage Shop, Inc., a premier builder of fine garden buildings based in Jamaica, Vermont, today announced the launch of the 2×4 […]