shan·ty (shàn¹tê) noun
A roughly built, often ramshackle cabin; a shack.
We are super proud of our new line of gorgeous hand-made wooden shacks and shanties which are the perfect pieces to add that touch of Caribbean flavor to your home. The shack and shanty has a long history as part of Jamaican vernacular architecture.
The wooden ramshackle shanty style was developed by the enslaved, indentured and tenant farmers who came or were brought to the island. Many of these houses have overhanging porch roofs, verandas, and interconnecting beams supporting the main roof of the house. Roofs were often made of wooden shingles. Altogether, these houses are graceful particularly when painted in lively colors.