Vermont Cottage A 3-Season Plans
Build a cottage with a loft with these do-it-yourself step-by-step building instructions.
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Our Option A is the most popular of the Vermont Cottages. This charming one-room cabin features an open floor plan and high ceilings with a loft and ladder. A 4×20 porch is a rejuvenating place for rest and relaxation out in nature. The open concept interior provides plenty of creative freedom for interior layouts.
Floor, wall and roof insulation, insulated double pane windows and an insulated door turn this cottage into a four-season shell. Install a woodstove, composting toilet and solar package for off-grid living or install modern electrical, plumbing and heating options. Other possible upgrades include pressure treated flooring, shingle roofing (cedar or asphalt), alternative siding choices, flower boxes and weathervanes.
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.
16×30 Living Vermont Cottage A
Base Area: 480 sq. ft.
Loft Area: 96 sq. ft.
Total Interior Area: 456 sq. ft.
Porch Area: 120 sq. ft.
Recommended Foundation: Compacted 12” Crushed Gravel
Overall Dimensions: 14’6” H x 32’6” W x 18’6” D
Estimated Weight: 22,300 lbs
3 (qty) 6x6x30’ Hemlock Skids
2”x6” Kiln Dried Spruce Joists 16” On Center
¾” CDX Plywood Floor Decking
1” rough sawn Hemlock Porch Decking
Floor Vapor Barrier
5½” Fiberglass Insulation (R21)
Under Deck Sheathing: ⅜” Plywood
Floor Weight Rating: 25 lbs/ sq. ft.
2”x6” rough sawn Hemlock Joists 24” on center
Smooth Shiplap Pine Loft Decking
Weight Rating 10 lbs / sqft
Exposed 4”x4” Hemlock Post and Beam Wall Framing
Wall Height: Front: 128” Rear: 96”
Wall Vapor Barrier
Siding: 1” rough sawn Pine Board & Batten
1″ rough sawn Pine Corner, Door, Window, Fascia & Shadow Trim
Gable Roof Style
Roof Pitch: 8/12
2”x6” Kiln Dried Spruce Rafters 24” On Center
2″x6″ Kiln Dried Spruce Exposed Collar Ties
1” rough sawn Solid Barn Board Roof Sheathing
Roof Vapor Barrier
Corrugated 29g Metal Roofing, Color: Evergreen
12” Overhangs on all sides
DOOR & WINDOWS:
Door: 1 (qty) 3-0 Single Solid Pine Door with Fixed 16×21 4-Lite Barn Sash Window
Windows: 4 (qty) 4’x2’ 10-Lite Hinged Barn Sash Windows
1 (qty) 2’x2’ 4-Lite Hinged Barn Sash Windows
Estimated Assembly Time
Estimated Assembly Time: Two People: 112 hrs