Meet the

Emperor Cottage

Meet the

Emperor Cottage

Our Emperor Cottage is the ideal building for those looking for multi-purpose uses like an office with a spare bedroom, or a tiny home-away-from-home; designed with beautiful woodwork and all of life's amenities in mind.

Whether you are looking for a small home office, a simple hunting cabin or guest house for the in-laws, the 12’×16′ Emperor Cottage is an ideal solution. For the most feature-rich version of this cottage, opt for the Partially Finished version, which comes with 4-Season insulation, plus additional amenities for enhanced livability.

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Emperor Cottage Specifications



Roof Style: Gable Style

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All About The Emperor Cottage

The Emperor: This charming little cottage was designed as a comfortable and livable space ideally suited to be a tiny home, guest house, Airbnb, or accessory dwelling unit.

The Partially-Finished version of the Emperor cottage comes to you fully assembled and almost ready to move in! Separated from the living space by a full wall, complete with a space saving pocket door, the queen-sized bedroom boasts a private bathroom with a shower and a toilet. The living space features a kitchenette while still allowing enough space to include a small sofa. The kitchenette itself includes a beautiful tongue and groove counter top, convenient cabinet storage space, and a stainless-steel kitchen sink with a grey-water system. This design incorporates fiberglass and foam foil board insulation covered by pine shiplap sheathing while still exposing the post and beam structure providing the classic rustic aesthetic. A selection of popular add-ons can be included for additional comfort and style.

When dreaming about the small cottage lifestyle, you may imagine tranquil surroundings that bring back memories of a simpler way of life. Cottages are adorable structures that simply emanate warmth and comfort. They make charming guesthouses or backyard retreats. When the primary purpose of your small cottage is a vacation home, the intimate space is ideal for couples looking for peaceful weekend getaways or families seeking quality time and bonding. At Jamaica Cottage Shop, we think that a having a cabin in the backyard can be just as rewarding as having one in the backcountry. Home office or bunk house for guests? Maybe both? Turn your four-seasoned retreat into a combined guest house and workspace for hobbies such as pottery or jewelry making.

Choose Your Size & Type

Start by choosing your size and preferred format. We offer complete shells, Three Season, and Four Season structures as pre-cut kits. Fully assembled builds are available to customers whose building sites are located within 300 miles of our factory. Pick from the following:

• Shell – This package includes the basic structure of the Emperor cottage. This option is perfect for using this building as a storage unit, or is a great option for people who want to provide their own insulation to turn this building into a livable space.

• Three Season – For those who want to tighten up their building or get it ready to be insulated in the distant future. This package includes an insulated floor, wall and roof vapor barrier, and solid pine roof sheathing in addition to everything that comes with the shell.

• Four Season – Get comfort year-round with our fully insulated option. The floor and roof are insulated with fiberglass insulation and vapor barrier. The walls get rigid foam board insulation. The interior is finished off with shiplap pine ceiling and wall sheathing. Additionally, double pane windows and an insulated door are included.

• Partially Finished – This option comes fully insulated, just like the Four Season package, but set up with a few extra features for comfort and practicality. The interior is split in half. One side is an open living area with a kitchenette. The other section includes a bedroom and off grid bathroom with a shower and dry flush toilet. CO/smoke detectors in the ceiling provide safety in the event of a fire.


Each type of building comes with default options that match our specifications. However, if you want to personalize your building, we have made that process a breeze. As you go through each step, you’ll be able to pick and choose which options you want.

• Strengthen – Some options are intended to boost the ruggedness of your already robust building. For example, you can increase the weight rating of your floor and roof. Treated floor systems are also ideal for geographical locations that are prone to damp ground. Western Red Cedar siding naturally repels many insects too.

• Personalize – If you want to style your building so that it blends in with your natural landscape, or match existing buildings on your property, we have a plethora of siding and roofing options. We think Pine Clapboard siding paired with an Asphalt Shingle roof would be fashionable choices to add to this mini-cabin.

• Add-Ons – Any of our weathervanes would look fantastic on this cottage. Install decorative wrought iron brackets to hold hanging flowerpots. Inside utilize peg-racks for hanging coats and bags. If you plan on using your Emperor year-round, why not add some roof flashing for a wood stove too?

Learn how to build your own 12x16 cottage with our Emperor DIY building kit or plans.
Learn how to build your own 12x16 cottage with our Emperor DIY building kit or plans.

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What is a Pre-Cut Kit? What is included in this package?

The Pre-Cut lumber package has all the framing members cut and ready for assembly. It includes siding, roofing, pre-dimensioned trim, and fastening hardware. Many designs also include windows and doors. The floor system, walls and rafters have all been cut, color-coded and part numbered. The detailed cut list coincides with the color-coded exploded view. The head scratching has been removed, the headaches of finding the correct angles and the aggravation of starting from scratch has all been simplified. The kit is geared to a do-it-yourself homeowner with beginner-to-beginner knowledge of carpentry.

Should I buy a Pre-Cut Kit or Fully Assembled Building?

We design our kits to be organized and easy to understand. If you have basic carpentry skills and are looking to save money, a kit is a great idea for you. We ship our kits  all across the continental USA and part of Canada.

If you live within our Northeast delivery area, you are able to purchase many of our buildings Fully Assembled. You’ll save time and have the peace of mind that your cottage is being built by expert craftsmen.

What is a Complete Shell and What Comes With It?

A complete shell is an uninsulated building. As a kit, it includes everything required to assemble the building including hardware, precut framing, siding and roofing as well as doors and windows. Hardware, millwork sheathing and DIY plans have been enclosed. Each piece is color coded and part numbered. The exact itemization of what is inserted can be found on the specifications tab of the website for each product page design.

What is the difference between a 3-Season and 4-Season Insulation package?

3-Season –A three-season kit prepares the building for interior finishing. It includes the complete shell plus vapor barrier, solid roof sheathing and insulated floor system. A three season building seals the structure from humidity and moisture protecting from the environment, insects and rodents.

4-Season – Best for year-round comfort. The package includes everything a 3 season does with the addition of insulated thermal pane millwork, wall and roof insulation and pine interior sheathing.

Can I Customize My Building?

Yes! When you purchase your building, you have the option to pick siding, roofing, and flooring options to upgrade or modify your building. Read more about what options we offer.

If you are looking for some very special customizations to one of our buildings, our cottage designers can help. Contact our custom shop team to build a bespoke cottage.

How Can I Pay? Do You Offer Financing?

We accept Master Card, American Express, Discover Card and Visa, Cash, Personal Check, Financing, ACH transfers, Wire transfers, and PayPal. There are so many ways to purchase your dream cottage!

We also offer easy financing options, including a 50% now, 50% later option. See financing page.

Free Shipping for Pre-Cut Kits

We are proud to ship our kits all over the continental USA and to parts of Canada. To qualify for free shipping, you must have a business address and appropriate equipment for offloading your kit. Go to our shipping policy for more details

Fully Assembled Buildings

We deliver to customers within a 200 mile radius of our shop in Londonderry Vermont. This area includes New Hampshire, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, Connecticut, and some parts of Maine, New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, and of course, Vermont.