Last year I started an adventure, set in motion by my wife. She slowly convinced me that I wanted chickens. She is devious that way. She convinced me to build this coop. The process took me about 6 months to complete, and more money than budgeted (when do you ever stay under budget?). My approximated costs for the coop in total is around $500-$600, +/- $100, not including the chickens and chicken supplies. This was the largest thing I had ever build, before it came a doll's crib, compost bin, and a book shelf. The whole process was very rewarding, and I had help from some good friends. I thank them for getting eaten by bugs in the summer months while helping me with things I couldn't do alone. Here are the pictures, roughly in chronological order. I will do my best to explain my process, picture by picture. Also I may refer to the hardware I use in very general terms, most of it I can't remember the names of.
Here you see how the 4x4 vertical beam was attached to the base. That metal piece is under the beam as well. So it was nailed into the base boards, the beam placed on it, then it was nailed into the sides of the beam.
Here is a view from underneath. I attached then trusses to the structure using hurricane ties (HEY! I remembered the name of that hardware piece). Then up went the 2x4 in between all the trusses. We had to bend and hammer it into place (because each of my trusses wasn't 100% identical). Next we had to cut the OBS for the roof to size and attach them to the trusses (I uses wood screws).
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