As far as the 5ft height requirement goes, I'm barely 5'9" on a good day, and less than 130 pounds. Yes, I'm built low to the ground...LOL, and can fit in many small spaces. The 4th wall was actually the one side of my planter box being attached through the fence. So, actually, three sides would be outside, while the 4th side would actually be bolted from the inside. As far as the Bungalo goes, the nest boxes would be facing forward for me to retrieve the eggs, and the slide-out poop tray would extend out sideways. There will be room on all sides.
The run itself is not a problem and a piece of cake. I tend to over-compensate/build when it comes to projects. Like I mentioned before, I'm not in a hurry for this project because there are so many things to consider, like my potential retirement next year.
Not to be a drama queen, but the AZ health system jacked us up about a year or so ago. A person with kids is paying about $1,200/month for insurance. I saw one of our long-time Prosecutors over at Superior Court, who went into private practice, and he was livid. I'm single with no dependents and am looking at about $400/month with some type of small supplement from the State.
Let's say I get $1,334 monthly retirement + $700/month as Church organist (40+years), $68/month from Pennsylvania State retirement from Edinboro University of Pennsylvania when I retired from there in 1990. that's about $2,102 total. Subtract the $1,077 house payment plus utilites (gas/electric/cable/water). This house is a big 4BR/1,900 sq ft. that leaves me with about $575/month...oh, $400 health insurance not included. How pathetic, with not a cost-of-living or any kind of raise in over 10 years, which really leaves me about $175/month. Won't pay for my Brandy, cigs and groceries, let alone chicken feed and upkeep. I have no abundant IRA or 401K, just living from paycheck to paycheck. The only thing I can claim is the HOA (Home Owners' Assassination)...LOL.
Right now, the money is okay, and I still have two bedrooms to furnish after being here for four years, and hope to have those completed and paid for before if/when I decide to retire. I had considered quitting the church job, but that extra $700 will surely put me at "house poor" status.
Anyhoo, I shouldn't have shared all that personal crap, just wanna really settle down/retire and enjoy a few chickens to brighten my day. Who knows, if I actually get to building, the coup may be a nice split-level structure for the gals to roam through, and I will take all the considerations regarding ventilation and bedding, etc. Just wish I had more property....The backyard may be 50 x 50. I'll get out there with a tape measure and take some pics of this dirt lot.
Sorry if I came off bragging about my house, but I had been renting a cute, adorable 2BR house for 18 years, extremely outdated, and my little mortgage man really pushed me to get my own place. The last straw was the increasing gang activity in the neighborhood (tagging, drunks sleeping on my front porch and shot victims being left in the alley to die). My house was tagged as being next on the list for calling 911. Anyhow, Hal Timinsky always has my back and have refined twice through him, taking almost $400 off my initial payment. Bless his Bones.
Yeah, I'll sit down again and contemplate the pre-fab, but I'm sure I can come up with a structure that will be absolutely fabulous, and it will take a long time of constant tweaking before I buy a piece of lumber. All of your input is greatly appreciated, seeing the Pros and Cons. I like hearing from both sides. My structure may be some type of "double coup" where they can freely roam, and may consider upping the anty to 12 hens. If I'm selling eggs, it will have to be a secret, because these "pets" are not permitted to be used for commercial/breeding/sale purposes according to the HOA. --BB