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help building a roof and extension over an existing run

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I've got an existing run, about 4' wide and 5' long.  I'd like to expand the run and add a roof.  The catch?  I'd like to leave the existing run in place if possible.  The second catch? I'm lazy and really don't want to dig post holes. The current run sits on the ground and is attached to the coop at the top and bottom.  I'm sure I'm over thinking this, but here are the constraints:

  • I want to leave the existing run in place 
  • I have a 2' easement between the run and the property line (chain link fence) that the coop / run is currently sitting on, so I can't go much further back
  • I really, really don't want to dig holes for posts
  • We get snow and occasional high winds

 

Here's the current run.  You can see it isn't very sturdy.  You can also see my shower curtain and PVC pipe roof that currently graces it.  (In its defence, it has held up for two winters).

 

I want to expand the current run about 3' forward (where the pavers in front are currently) and add a corrugated plastic or metal roof.  The final size of the run will be 5' wide and 7.5' deep.  This will bring it even with edge of the shed next to it and will make the roof exactly 8' long so I shouldn't have to cut anything.

Here's my current plan:

  • The new roof will be 6' tall and slope to 4'(the height of the current run).
  • build a run (3'x5') out of 2x4s that looks pretty much like the other one and put it in front.  The door will stay where it is (connected to the coop) but will be 90 degrees off
  • .

     

  • use 2x6s for rafters since they can span 8' without supports and use 2x4s for purlins
  • add some more 2x4s to the back of the current run so it can support the rafters.
  • use ground ties to keep the whole thing from blowing away

 

Does this seem like this will work? As you can tell, I have no building knowledge.  Is there a better way?

post #2 of 5
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Originally Posted by rcstanley View Post
 

I've got an existing run, about 4' wide and 5' long.  I'd like to expand the run and add a roof.  The catch?  I'd like to leave the existing run in place if possible.  The second catch? I'm lazy and really don't want to dig post holes. The current run sits on the ground and is attached to the coop at the top and bottom.  I'm sure I'm over thinking this, but here are the constraints:

  • I want to leave the existing run in place 
  • I have a 2' easement between the run and the property line (chain link fence) that the coop / run is currently sitting on, so I can't go much further back
  • I really, really don't want to dig holes for posts
  • We get snow and occasional high winds

 

Here's the current run.  You can see it isn't very sturdy.  You can also see my shower curtain and PVC pipe roof that currently graces it.  (In its defence, it has held up for two winters).

 

I want to expand the current run about 3' forward (where the pavers in front are currently) and add a corrugated plastic or metal roof.  The final size of the run will be 5' wide and 7.5' deep.  This will bring it even with edge of the shed next to it and will make the roof exactly 8' long so I shouldn't have to cut anything.

Here's my current plan:

  • The new roof will be 6' tall and slope to 4'(the height of the current run).
  • build a run (3'x5') out of 2x4s that looks pretty much like the other one and put it in front.  The door will stay where it is (connected to the coop) but will be 90 degrees off
  • .

     

  • use 2x6s for rafters since they can span 8' without supports and use 2x4s for purlins
  • add some more 2x4s to the back of the current run so it can support the rafters.
  • use ground ties to keep the whole thing from blowing away

 

Does this seem like this will work? As you can tell, I have no building knowledge.  Is there a better way?

If you get some cement blocks and a bag of cement mix, you can put your post in one of the holes of the cement blocks and cement the pole in.  Put your fencing  to that. You can also move your post when you need to.Those post will not go any where.

post #3 of 5
Thread Starter 
That's a great idea, thanks.
post #4 of 5
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Originally Posted by rcstanley View Post

That's a great idea, thanks.

I was refer`ing  to steel post`s being cemented in the cement block.

post #5 of 5
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Originally Posted by rcstanley View Post
 

I've got an existing run, about 4' wide and 5' long.  I'd like to expand the run and add a roof.  The catch?  I'd like to leave the existing run in place if possible.  The second catch? I'm lazy and really don't want to dig post holes. The current run sits on the ground and is attached to the coop at the top and bottom.  I'm sure I'm over thinking this, but here are the constraints:

  • I want to leave the existing run in place 
  • I have a 2' easement between the run and the property line (chain link fence) that the coop / run is currently sitting on, so I can't go much further back
  • I really, really don't want to dig holes for posts
  • We get snow and occasional high winds

 

Here's the current run.  You can see it isn't very sturdy.  You can also see my shower curtain and PVC pipe roof that currently graces it.  (In its defence, it has held up for two winters).

 

I want to expand the current run about 3' forward (where the pavers in front are currently) and add a corrugated plastic or metal roof.  The final size of the run will be 5' wide and 7.5' deep.  This will bring it even with edge of the shed next to it and will make the roof exactly 8' long so I shouldn't have to cut anything.

Here's my current plan:

  • The new roof will be 6' tall and slope to 4'(the height of the current run).
  • build a run (3'x5') out of 2x4s that looks pretty much like the other one and put it in front.  The door will stay where it is (connected to the coop) but will be 90 degrees off
  • .

     

  • use 2x6s for rafters since they can span 8' without supports and use 2x4s for purlins
  • add some more 2x4s to the back of the current run so it can support the rafters.
  • use ground ties to keep the whole thing from blowing away

 

Does this seem like this will work? As you can tell, I have no building knowledge.  Is there a better way?

Here is a link to get advice from. and idea`s. Waterfowl Housing – Coop & Run Designs & Plans For Ducks, Geese, Etc.

BYC has many great threads going just for our knowledge.

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