When dreaming about the cottage lifestyle, you may imagine tranquil surroundings that bring back memories of a simpler way of life. A cozy country cottage with vintage charm may sound old-fashioned, but to you, it might conjure up romantic images of quiet evenings, sharing a wooden glider on the front porch, sipping a glass of wine and watching the sunset with that special someone.

Cottages are adorable structures that simply emanate warmth and comfort, and although they’re small, they offer all the comforts of a full-size house. They make a wonderful primary home, but can also make charming guesthouses or backyard retreats. When the primary purpose of your cottage is a vacation home, the intimate space is ideal for couples looking for peaceful weekend getaways and they also make the perfect haven for spending quality time with the family.

There are so many ways to add even more character to your cottage’s external and internal features. Indoors, installing a fireplace for added warmth on cold winter nights is also perfect for gazing into cheery flames and relaxing after a hard day’s work. Add hinged windows that open up, instead of out to give your cottage a rustic look. To ensure a more picturesque view from these windows, consider building your cottage by a lightly inhabited lake, which also makes a lovely locale for moonlight strolls.

These are just some of the perks of a cottage lifestyle. Cottages tend to be unique and not your average cookie cutter dwelling. Jamaica Cottage Shop designs cottages and cottage style sheds of all varieties based on popular configurations and customer feedback. No matter what style fits your ultimate cottage dream, it’ll be handmade with the best Vermont lumber for long life and durability.