Since we live in Indiana, and the winters here can last half the year, we decided to install insulation. With it, we believe a lot of frozen water founts can be avoided. We also installed stick on vinyl tile on the floor for easy cleaning. ***UPDATE six months later, the tiles were a bad idea, see our lessons learned page***
The building will be sectioned off with a coop side and a storage side. The storage side will have small pop doors installed as well so it can double as a grow up area for young chicks. Large openings in the ceiling provide access to roof and eave ventilation. Inexpensive particle board covers the walls to keep the insulation from being pecked and eaten.
The windows all have mesh screening stapled directly to the frames. ***UPDATE We ended up changing this, see our lessons-learned page.***
The storage side houses some old kitchen cabinets that were once in the house, then the garage and now the hen house. Leaving the top cabinets setting directly on the counter left us enough space to store bales of bedding material. The cabinets will be great for storing feed, egg cartons, garden tools and such.