Product Information

We at Jamaica Cottage Shop pride ourselves on offering a wide variety of well built, durable, Vermont made, post and beam sheds and cottages. All of our designs are constructed using native rough sawn, full dimensioned lumber grown, harvested and milled here in the USA. The framing is hemlock and the siding and trim is kiln dried eastern white pine. Building projects are shipped in one of three ways, kit, plans or fully assembled. Many of our designs are offered in our detailed step-by-step plans format and/or pre-cut kits internationally and most are offered fully assembled in the Northeast USA. We hand cut, part number and color code each piece and ship direct to you. Whether pre-cut kit or fully assembled, our designs are crafted with care and exude a traditional country charm that is an asset to any landscape. We are continually expanding our product line and our website. Visit our New Design Showcase for the most recent additions to our offered designs.

Every project is different. We encourage and appreciate all the feedback we can get. We are continually using client comments and suggestions to improve our products and provide our clients with the most accurate and complete information available. Assembly time is based on the average length of time our clients have told us it has taken to complete. For example, an 8×10 Vermonter shed kit takes approximately 20 hours to complete. Each kit arrives with a set of detailed step-by-step instructions and includes a toll-FREE technical support line: 1.866.297.3760. These step-by-step plans are complete with vivid color pictures, color coded cutlist with matching exploded view. Also included is a guide to site choice, site preparation specifications and foundation choices for your specific design. All the material and hardware needed is included.

DIY Plans

We engineered the plans for our designs for the do-it-yourself homeowners. The detailed plans include foundation options, a shopping list and a color coded cut list. The trigonometry of the roof triangles has all been simplified with tracing the cut out roof templates. The plans are set for full dimensional lumber and provide a clear step-by-step path.

DIY plans are supplied as a  document that can be viewed and printed online. Please review system requirements for the online plans here.  Hard copies of your cottage plans are possible for an additional charge.

Pre-Cut Kit

The precut lumber package has all the framing members cut and ready for assembly. It includes pre-dimensioned siding, precut roofing sections, trim, windows and ready to install doors. Everything has been cut for you. The floor system walls and rafters have all been coded and labeled. JCS has solved all the headaches of finding the correct angles and the aggravation of starting from scratch. The kit is extremely well laid out. The detailed step-by-step format of the plans, complimented by the color coded cut list and exploded view, make assembly of this kit a fun and satisfying project for any skill level. The organization, plans and thought that have gone into the preparation of our kits will result in a quality finished product. Basic carpentry hand tools will be needed with our precut lumber packages.

Contact us to see if we have a recommended assembler in your area. We work with many individuals regularly that are experienced in assembling our pre-cut kits. If you are a carpenter or handyman interested in assembling our pre-cut kits, please contact us to be added to our referral list.

Fully Assembled Buildings

If you are in the Northeast USA and interested in a fully assembled building delivered to your yard in one piece, please contact us today as many designs not seen on the website are offered. If you don’t see exactly what you’re looking for give us a call, our fully assembled designs are largely customizable and we’d be happy to work with you to meet your design needs. View the options available for your new cottage.

Come take a tour of our factory and visit our display yard. Many small buildings are always on display. Stop in today and choose from the different styles or design your own cottage. Enjoy the small buildings, garden and potting shed books on display, many with awe inspiring, quintessential little storage and work spaces in vibrant colors. See Contact page for directions and hours of operation.

Explore the Inventory page to see what we have available to ship immediately. This page will list the items we have in stock, as well as pricing and any discounts associated with them.

Visit our Blog or Client Care Resources pages for more information on do it yourself shed building. You may use these pages as a learning center for designing, building and customizing your perfect outdoor retreat.

Interested in becoming a distributor of JCS designs?

We are looking for companies to work with to unload full size trucks in your yard and deliver the individual kits on a smaller truck. Jamaica Cottage Shop post and beam kits can be purchased wholesale and re sold through retail outlets. Visit our wholesale page to apply for our dealer program and to learn more.

What to Know Before Delivery

Cottage shed kits weigh an average of 2,800 pounds. Kits are delivered via freight to a local business with the equipment to offload. This is often times a building supply store, local lumber yard or nursery that can off load with a forklift and transfer to a smaller truck for delivery to your site. If you prefer residential delivery, there is a $350 residential delivery charge for kits under 3,000 lbs. It is suggested you be there to receive the package, but it is not necessary. The site must be able to accommodate a full size truck with a 48′ trailer. Two hours are allotted for off load by hand. In this case, you must be present for delivery with helpers. If your kit weighs more than 3,000 lbs it must be shipped to a local business that has a forklift.

After you order a cottage shedkit from Jamaica Cottage Shop, Inc., here are some things to remember about delivery: Cottage shed kits shipped out over the country will arrive within 7 business days after leaving our yard. A tracking number is supplied to you at time of shipping. The receiving business or freight company will typically contact you in advance to schedule a delivery date and time. Jamaica Cottage Shop has a full time logistics dispatcher that is available to help toll free.

Storing your kit

JCS makes every effort to ship your kit as close to assembly time as possible, however, if you do have to store your kit for a time here are some guidelines to follow:

  1. Do not store kit in high humidity
  2. If possible do not break the bands until ready to build
  3. Keep doors and windows out of weather
  4. Do not allow the battens to sit in the sun or rain
  5. Kit is shrink-wrapped’ and sits on a forkable pallet that is not part of the kit. It may be stacked and stored outside. The pallet is designed to be forked from all four sides pushed or dragged.