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

8x12 Customized Dollhouse - Exterior, diy shed kit
Jamaica Cottage Shop’s 8’ x 12’ Dollhouse. Wooden playhouses with slate roofing are storybook prettiness, personified. This building was also customized with horizontal siding, decorative shutters and white and evergreen paint.

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 story wasn’t in the telling, but more in the showing.

(Because who is really going to listen to me if I tell about the pros of, you know, shingles).

So, here’s a few tiny house roofing examples that I think are extremely attractive…

For the quintessential Fairy Tale of cottage living there is….

Vermont quarried slate shingles (this might be the prototype for my gingerbread house next Christmas)

8x12 Dollhouse - Custom Exterior, do it yourself shed kits
Jamaica Cottage Shops  8’ x 12’ playhouse. Another model featuring a slate roof and horizontal siding.

If I didn’t already have my eye on the cutest little greenhouse imaginable, this smart looking “Saltbox”, with cedar shake roofing, and clear poly stain with the dark red opening true lite windows, would be my number one choice.

8x12 Saltbox - Exterior, prefab shed kits
Jamaica Cottage Shops 8’ x 12’ “Saltbox”
Church Street - Exterior, prefab shed kits
The quiet little “Church Street” garden shed. Sturdy and plain, with clean lines, Jamaica Cottage Shops garden sheds look wonderful with fresh paint and asphalt shingles.
post-and-beam-custom-gazebo-with-asphalt-shingles, shed kits
Old fashioned custom gazebos with large plain black asphalt shingles are well suited to the curving edges of the roof-line and crisp white of the structure.

Even though this building isn’t surrounded by summery landscaping, (which is all we really want to see this time of year),  I still wanted to show this example – it’s beautiful paint choices and rustic surroundings are pulled together by this more old fashioned style of roofing. (Makes me want to camp out in there.)

If you are thinking about a building in the cottage living lifestyle, Domenic (the creator of this tiny house company), has certainly made it simpler to determine the specifics. Jamaica Cottage Shop’s easy to maneuver website has hundreds of shingle options, tiny house roofing examples and ideas. They have a very large lookbook of pics on their facebook page, and more, on their Pinterest boards.  If you still aren’t sure what to choose, and would like some advice on how to make the best fit, he recommends, “Send a picture of the existing property and buildings to match so we can review the architecture”. Of course Jamaica Cottage Shop also has an in-house design team available every day during the week, just for you.

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