The Vermont Gem might be our most adorable backyard storage solution. An open side provides space for stacking firewood. The enclosed side is ideal for holding axes, rakes, gardening tools, recycling and trash cans, and other odds and ends.
Vermont Gem Features
Over and over again people fall in love with this darling Vermont Gem storage shed design. The steep gabled roof over the enclosed area, combined with the saltbox woodbin section, creates a unique little structure both eye-catching and functional. This tiny storage shed is ideal for those who need one to two cords of firewood handy. The enclosed side makes a great hiding place for all those tools and odds and ends that you want quick access too. Place the building close to your house, with at least four feet of clearance, so you don’t have to travel too far to grab an armload of firewood. Consider keeping your recycling barrels, shovels, and snowblower in the enclosed storage side too.
Choose Your Size & Type
Start by choosing your size and preferred format. We offer complete shells as complete kits with do-it-yourself instructions or pre-assembled. Fully assembled builds are available to customers whose building sites are located within 300 miles of our factory. Vermont Gem sizes range from 4’x14′ up to 8’x14′. Pick from the following:
• Complete Shell – With this package you get everything needed to set up an uninsulated shell. A floor system, wall and roof framing, siding, a metal roof, and a solid pine door come with this package.
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 – Our buildings are built to withstand harsh New England weather but offer options to increase its durability. This building defaults to joists and rafters placed at 24” on center, but you could upgrade to 16” on center to increase weight ratings. If your building site is placed in a damp area you might also consider opting for treated skids, or a completely treated floor system.
• Personalize – Oodles of options exist to fashion your firewood shed just the way you’d like. We offer many all-natural pine and cedar siding options. Roofing choices include corrugated metal, Western Red Cedar shingles or shakes, and architectural asphalt shingles. Or bring in extra sunshine with a clear poly roof. If you need some inspiration, we absolutely love how the Western Red Cedar Shingles look on the roof. Or bump up the rustic whimsy and go with the Red Cedar Shakes. Once you get your shed paint or stain the body, then paint the trim with a contrasting color, or hues that match the existing structures on your property.
• Add-Ons – Steel Shed Anchors are wrapped around your skids, then the triangular head is hammered into the ground. They provide some additional stability, which is great if your building site is located in a windy area. Termite Shields are placed on your foundation’s concrete blocks or piers before you start building. They deter termites from crawling on your building.
Build Your Vermont Gem:
Select the options you’d like to see below and then click “Configure Now” to customize and add to cart.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
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 kiln dried 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.