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128 Sq. Ft. Vermont Tiny House by Jamaica Cottage Shop

This 128 sq. ft. Vermont Tiny House is designed and built by the Jamaica Cottage Shop.

Derek ‘DEEK’ Diedricksen of RelaxShacks.com is giving us a video tour of it to enjoy.

It features a simple design with a loft with dormers that cantilevers over the front porch to give you more space inside. Please enjoy and re-share below if you want! Thank you.

128 Sq. Ft. Vermont Tiny House by Jamaica Cottage Shop

128 Sq. Ft. Vermont Tiny House by Jamaica Cottage Shop

Images © RelaxShacks/YouTube

Plenty of windows to bring in natural light to this tiny home.

128 Sq. Ft. Vermont Tiny House by Jamaica Cottage Shop

A very simple and minimalist design in the kitchen (not great for aspiring chefs though!)

128 Sq. Ft. Vermont Tiny House by Jamaica Cottage Shop

The sliding pocket door you see (above) leads to the bathroom with shower/toilet.

128 Sq. Ft. Vermont Tiny House by Jamaica Cottage Shop

The sleeping loft has just about enough space for a queen mattress and it cantilevers over the front porch to give you more space up there. I like when tiny house designers/builders do this, how about you? This way in the rain, you’re covered at your front door. And you also get all of that extra space in the loft. It’s smart in my opinion (but not everyone likes it).

128 Sq. Ft. Vermont Tiny House by Jamaica Cottage Shop 128 Sq. Ft. Vermont Tiny House by Jamaica Cottage Shop 128 Sq. Ft. Vermont Tiny House by Jamaica Cottage Shop

Images © RelaxShacks/YouTube


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  • Theo
    May 25, 2015, 12:05 pm

    They ‘say’ bathroom, but I didn’t ‘see’ bathroom. I hate loft beds, gotta climb up, then if you have to pee, gotta climb down, then up. Rather have a Murphy type bed, or one that is lowered from the ceiling, which would do away the need for a loft. Then, if you still want a loft you can, use if for somethig else, storage, work space, whatever. Hate loft beds. .

    • Sharee
      May 25, 2015, 9:13 pm

      Looks like bathroom is in third photo behind sliding door off kitchen.

      • Theo
        May 26, 2015, 12:59 am

        I saw the door. It looks like a door. What I did not see is what is behind that door. If someone says bathroom, I want to see bathroom, not door.

        • Ella
          May 30, 2016, 11:19 am

          Theo, perhaps you should try decaf. And kindness.

    • r.wales
      May 27, 2015, 5:59 am

      If you hate loft beds I suggest you do not get a loft bed in your house. Regarding the bathroom: also the word “designer” is mentioned in the article and I haven’t seen any designers. Hope this helps!

      • Comet
        May 30, 2015, 1:46 pm

        @R. Wales—THANK YOU for your response to the overly snotty “Theo” creature! I have to wonder–why people even bother to come here (or to a lot of sites!) when they hate everything that the site is ABOUT! Your response was spot on–thanks!

      • r.wales
        June 1, 2015, 4:46 am

        LOL. I did not mean to be harsh on Theo, but I really have troubles understanding all the “I hate this or that sooo much” comments. I find them very irrelevant, as we come here to get the good ideas and wonder the TH movement, not for figuring out who hates what. 🙂

        • Theo
          February 28, 2016, 3:40 am

          Not to worry, no one was harsh. As for my comments, I figure they are in fact relevant, I have lived most of this stuff, and a huge amount I have never cared for, period. We had an outdoor toilet until I was in the 7th grade and we moved, trudging thru a foot or snow in a snowstorm would make you hate outdoor toilets too, and in winter there is ALWAYS a draft up your rear . I believe we got hot water within a year. I’ve gone down steps in the middle of the night to go also, and even with a sturdy bannister, it was a hazardous journey, up OR down. Half the lofts I’ve seen pictured look like you’d bang your head if you sit up (been there done that), most of the rest you can’t stand upright, and for fun you can back down a ladder in the middle of the night to go. So, yeah, I hate lofts, have since I was a kid, and I’m 75 now.

          I come here for ideas for my own project, which I can and will design myself, because I can do it, and because I am the only person who will know just how and what I want. It will surprise a lot of you, I am sure, but I do get the occasional inspiration here. For various and sundry reasons, my personal project will probably be van, possibly a pickup, or small flatbed. No physical progress yet, still working things out, right now looking for a vehicle that strikes me right. Once I get that, I can go on. Someone on here commented that I don’t research much. I research every one of my project, sometimes for months, before I start on them. I started making custom wooden canes probably close to 20 years ago, and I’m still researching cane ideas – All my designs are original, my research is for inspiration, not to copy someone else’s work.

          Once my project is done I’m sure I’ll get some oohs and ahs, and I’m sure I’ll get some negative comments too, all of which is fine with me, because I’m the one that has to be pleased with the final result. In the meantime I’ll just pretty much continue as I have been, stating what parts I like about particular builds, and continuing to hate sleeping lofts, and outdoor loos. For those of you who ooh and ah about those things, more power to you, as you are just stating your opinions, as am I.

    • Lisa E.
      May 30, 2015, 3:27 pm

      On a couple of tiny houses (I think one was in Japan) and the other was in a THOW, they had hydraulic lifts on the bed, so the loft was never constructed but in that air shaft/space, they had a bed on a hydraulic system. I even think the one in Japan had the hydraulic lifts mounted to the ceiling so the bed came down with nothing to get in the way during the day when the bed was elevated. I’ve always liked this idea, myself, for those who don’t want the closeness of a loft, or to have to climb up and down to get there. Possibly some company will pick up on the convenience of this idea and make up some ‘appliance’ that will store the beds overhead and lower them for night time use; this would be most helpful and I think a lot of people would take advantage of this.

    • Eric
      February 27, 2016, 10:55 pm

      Obviously you aren’t acquainted with chamber pots… solves “1” problem rather well. Of course it doesn’t solve a number 2 problem…

      • Theo
        February 28, 2016, 2:48 am

        So sayeth you. I am well versed in chamber pot use, probably since way before you were ever born, I’m 75. You ever used one? And regardless which is done in one, in the morning it always has to be taken down stairs to be dumped, then rinsed clean, always risking slipping on the stairs and dumping it, possibly breaking it. Then it will have to go back up stairs, again risking dropping, and breaking. And if there is no indoor loo, it has to be taken out to be dumped, regardless of the weather. Bet you didn’t think of any of that, did you?

        • Paulie
          May 30, 2016, 11:46 am

          A couple of ideas, an emergency porta potty, I think they are sold at Camping World. The next is a little bizarre, I have seen in Camping World a urinal aid for women that has a tube attached, one could attach this to a tube that would run downstairs to the bathroom toilet, or even outside to drain, this collection area then can be cleaned as in the chamber pot the next day. usually we as humans are quite adaptive to our morning constitution (#2) and don’t need to go in the night!

  • jan
    May 25, 2015, 1:08 pm

    I look forward to each day’s housetalk! I really like pictures with explanations rather than videos because of a lack of a lot of data. This one is so nice in pics, makes me want to see more with explanations. Jan

    • Bill Burgess
      May 30, 2016, 1:30 pm

      Mileage…Few have it on these pages. I design in the Park Model RV format and understand EXACTLY of what you write(Also over 70 and been there done that) If i can get a 400s.ft. Park Model R/V for $25K why would I even consider a $75K “Tiny Home” that I had to climb a ladder three times a nite for bodily functions? Especially with ANY kind of handicap? Also,My research shows ME if I am going to have a female in the unit, you need a bath and a half, washer/dryer, dish washer…All doable in a Park Model…

  • Sparrow
    May 25, 2015, 4:13 pm

    I agree with Theo. Loft bedrooms are the pits, even if there’s a decent stairway leading to them. I think a bedroom on the ground floor makes more sense, and then the loft can be used as an entertainment area, with a TV, computer, etc. I saw a tiny house online that was built like that, and it was awesome.

    I do like the porch, though, that’s a very nice touch.

    • Aldene
      May 30, 2015, 1:20 pm

      I like your idea of using the loft as an entertainment area; other ideas would include an office, a sewing/painting/craft area; it makes sense. Of course, with a roll-up mattress, it could double as a guestroom.

    • MPaula
      May 30, 2015, 6:39 pm

      Imagine entertaining a group of people all having to use one ladder to access the toilet. Although if they were imbibing, it could be very entertaining to watch – don’t forget the video camera and good home insurance.

  • CathyAnn
    May 25, 2015, 5:41 pm

    I really, really like having a covered porch. I would use such a loft for storage. At my age, a ladder is out of the question. If I were 40 years younger, I would consider it.

    I know that Jamaica Cottage Shop has other designs that would suit my lifestyle. A loft bedroom just isn’t for everyone.

  • Karen R
    May 30, 2015, 11:19 am

    Lots of young people love the loft beds, and the loft covering the entrance is a great idea.

  • Comet
    May 30, 2015, 1:49 pm

    See? There are ways of saying–“A loft bed is not my style or not useful to ME” without going all snotty like “Theo” above. I know I could never do one–physical handicaps mean I am limited on even “regular” types stairs. But I also don’t come here or to other sites and look to pick a fight about it!
    I live very near Jamaica VT—hmmm—

    • Theo
      May 31, 2015, 1:17 am

      Freedom of speech, not snotty. Just so happens I can’t climb stairs easily anymore, and you can forget ladders. Shouldn’t have to say that. However, my dislike of loft beds are from childhood, not adult hood. Bad enough navigating one awake, let alone half asleep. Have you ever actually done that? Apparently not. Anyone else wants a loft bed, I’m happy to let them have one.

      The loft bed I saw that lowered from the ceiling I’m pretty sure no hydraulics involved – been quite awhile since I saw it, and no real info about it. I’m sure it was with cables, and a hand crank winch, maybe even a hand crank boat winch, at least similar. Very little to go wrong, definitely less expensive than hydraulics, and I’ve seen the same system used in various ways. That’s what I’d opt for – bed up during the day, down for sleeping, or traveling if in a wheeld tiny home. I would have some sort of fold up legs, as on the one I say, so it would be at a height I could just but my feet on the floor and be almost standing when I did so. Easy trip to the loo, then just roll back into bed. No prob. By the way, did I mention I hate loft beds?

  • two crows
    May 30, 2015, 2:00 pm

    Another lovely feature of this loft design is the fact that the ladder is covering a blank wall. Not a closet. Not a bookshelf. Not ANYTHING that requires moving the ladder out of the way in order to access what is behind it. A major plus, imho.

    Also, it may be just the fact that the house is unfurnished, but the loft position seems to increase the perceived space in the rest of the house.

  • LC
    May 31, 2015, 10:53 am

    OK, I had to chime in on the loft bed issue. One of the main attractions to a THOW for me IS the loft bed. I love lofted beds. And before any of you make assumptions about my age…… I am a gradma. That being said, our THOW will have the cantilevered loft with door under. I think this is an excellent use of the architectural limits of THOWs.

  • Sunnydaze
    June 1, 2015, 8:58 am

    I also love a loft, and being almost 50 am fortunate enough to still be able to climb a ladder or stairs. In case this would be impossible down the road, the loft would be great for storage. I am working on the interior of a 12×8 with a similar floor plan: Loft above the front door instead the back. Otherwise I think it is nice to look at different designs and even if one is not to my personal liking, there is no need to put it down. Tiny houses are as individual, colorful and creative as their owners.

  • Vernon
    June 2, 2015, 12:00 am

    I am not in favor of using tiny house lofts for sleeping for several reasons.
    I am still nimble enuf to use one but my build will have a fixed bed at living space level.
    For a height adjustable bed, Meaning from floor to ceiling check out the designs in some toyhaulers/toybox RV trailers. There several designs including one that rides in tracks in the wall at each end of the bed.
    Old Bus Mechanic.

    June 2, 2015, 5:43 pm



    • Eric
      February 27, 2016, 11:03 pm

      So what is the problem with them next to each other? Smell? Gee that’s what doors and venting windows are for isn’t it?

  • Diane
    February 27, 2016, 2:07 pm

    For the kitchen, a compact style unit would be great. It consists of a tiny fridge, 2 burner top, and a sink with tiny cabinet in the same space as pictured. Much better use of space.

  • Gabrielle Charest
    February 27, 2016, 5:27 pm

    Jamaica Cottage Shop has some gorgeous designs. I wish they were on the west coast.

  • Barbara
    February 28, 2016, 8:05 am

    Let’s face it – we elderly just cannot get along wih loft beds, and someday you youngins’ will understand. I imagine quite a few understand now, when they have to visit the loo in the night. Then there are the worries about breaking a hip to think about. There are solutions, as we have seen – and under the kitchen slide-out bed, Murphy beds, and I just saw something that Ikea is working on, and which I think would be a great bedroom or guest space:
    Too bad it isn’t yet available, but I’d go for it when it is! We plan to have a tiny house planted in Central America, and the way everyone we know has invited themselves to our yet-to-be home, (including my cardiologist!) I guess I’d better plan to have a guest room! A bigger kitchen is a must so I can feed all those visitors, and we will just sit on our (totally existing only in my mind) huge deck which will serve as our living room, and watch sloths and monkeys for entertainment. One thing you will not see is a single board of knotty pine. Well, that, or a suicide shower head. 🙂

    • Saga
      May 30, 2016, 12:44 pm

      I do perfectly well understand that some elderly people cannot get along with loft beds. But do elderly people have to tell everyone that in the comments of every.single. tiny house that is being put up?

      Likewise I don’t comment on the lack of proper insulation and heating in every house that hasn’t those, even though I live in a cold country where that would be needed much of the year. Because I understand that those houses are being build for the climate, the person and circumstances that are different than mine.

      • Katherine
        May 31, 2016, 10:28 am

        Why not make the comment? Isn’t that what the site is all about? As Barbara said, one day you will understand.
        I am sure that you will be encouraged to make your valid and educational comments on insulation.

  • Scott
    May 30, 2016, 12:43 pm

    I agree w Lisa E re the drop down bed idea . Easy enough to do I think with either an electric motor or a hoist mechanism. I am surprised we haven’t seen this done on tiny homes here either makes sense and eliminates a cramped loft space. A drop down bed would seem to me better than a Murphy bed especially if you want a queen bed and concerning space restrictions .
    On the other hand I like the idea of a roll out bed that tucks under a platform as well.

  • Marsha Cowan
    May 30, 2016, 1:09 pm

    I love that kitchen…plenty enough room to cook a gourmet meal, especially if ther is a tiny table island to help out.

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