Originally Posted by Year of the Rooster
... Will you need to make the "roof" ,so to speak, peaked at some point as to not make puddles on it? Just a thought
Yes, but it will have a very gentle pitch.
Originally Posted by patandchickens
Just curious, is this a cut into a bank (with its bottom still above the downhill grade level), or is it an actual hole? And, what keeps it from turning into a giant bathtub come spring melt or big rainfall?...
Both, it's cut into a bank, and it's below grade all the way around. The downhill side will stick out of the ground more than the uphill side. That's where the door will be, with steps going down inside. I think the sandy, gravelly soil will drain well. It's raining right now, so I'll know for sure pretty soon. I'll also make provisions for drainage around the outside of the walls.
Originally Posted by mtnhomechick
... How will you ventilate and clean it?
A vent in each peak; a rake and big grain-scoop shovel.
Originally Posted by Omran
... I would make sure that the walls are concrete poured and the floor too...
The walls will be pressure-treated 4"x8"s, and the floor will be left dirt at least for now. I think it'll drain better and I'll put a deep layer of leaves and pine needles on top of it.
Originally Posted by the1much
just make sure the floor is below the frost line.
It's down at least about four feet.
Originally Posted by Katy
... how are you going to keep rain and/or melting snow from seeping in?
The roof will be 2-inch-thick tongue-and-groove planking. On top of that I'll smear a layer of plastic cement, and on top of that I'll put a sheet of black poly. That should be a waterproof barrier that plant roots won't grow through.
Originally Posted by Cason
You could leave the "roof" dirt and plant a garden on top. I think that would be cool
Edited by Oblio13 - 10/26/08 at 3:23am
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