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Functional Cupola

Meet the

Functional Cupola

A Functional Cupola can enhance your cottage by adding light or ventilation. This kind of cupola is especially important part of Sugar Shacks.

Enhance your building inside and out! A Functional Cupola is continuous with the interior of your cottage, and can be used to add extra light to your building, or allow ventilation if you are producing maple syrup in a Sugar Shack. This attractive feature looks particularly good on larger buildings such as garages and barns. We offer these cupolas with many options for insulation and windows, so you’ll find one perfectly suited for your project.

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Functional Cupola Packages

Functional Cupola Specifications



Roof Style: Gable Style

See the materials, dimensions, and floor plans for this building, model and download the PDF

Choose Your
Functional Cupola

All About The Functional Cupola

A cupola can transform the identity of a building. From shed to Sugar Shack, the transition has never been easier. Our Functional Cupolas are constructed with a rough sawn hemlock frame, pine board and batten siding, and your choice of roofing with matching flashing.

For Sugar Shacks: Choose Solid Pine Vents or hinged transom windows to make this a functional cupola to vent steam from your sugar shack. The vents and hinged windows come with a manual closure system that allows you to open and close them with ease. Our uninsulated Functional Cupola and 3-Season Functional cupola are both suitable for use in Sugar Shacks.

Windows: Placing windows in your functional cupola allows for more light to enter your building. If you would like to open your windows from time to time (or use them for venting), hinged barn sash windows are a good choice. Otherwise, choose a fixed option, either insulated or uninsulated. For our 4-Season Functional Cupola, insulated fixed windows are the only option.

When Purchasing:

Pre-Cut Kits: If purchasing a cupola for any pre-cut kit design, your cupola will come ready to assemble. The bottom angles will be flat, for you to match to the roof line of your building. You will need to frame out a rough opening in the roof of your building to allow for the installation of an integrated cupola. The only building we offer where you will not need to frame the rough opening yourself is our Sugar Shack.

Fully Assembled: Adding a cupola to a Fully Assembled building requires work with our design team. If you are interested in doing this, please call us to discuss the available options.

Functional Cupola on a Sugar Shack
8x12 Sugar Shack with the autumn red metal roof color upgrade.

Build Your Functional Cupola:

Select the options you’d like to see below and then click “Configure Now” to customize and add to cart.

Pick your Package

4-Season |
$ 3,869
  • Building Footprint: N/A
  • Overall Dimensions: 4x8
  • Roof Pitch: N/A
3-Season |
$ 3,522
  • Building Footprint: N/A
  • Overall Dimensions: 4x8
  • Roof Pitch: N/A
Shell |
$ 3,356
  • Building Footprint: N/A
  • Overall Dimensions: 4x8
  • Roof Pitch: N/A


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.