I am going to start purchasing the materials for my new coop this weekend, however, there is some debate and indecision around our house and neighborhood as to the best way to build the new coop. It will be a raised 6x6 coop with an attached run and have a wooden roof with shingles over the whole thing. I have been researching here until my eyes blurred. I have noticed several different types of construction methods on these types of coops. One is to sink 4x4's into the ground and attach the framing onto the 4x4s. Others lay a foundation of cement blocks or pavers and build the frame onto that without sinking the 4x4s and yet others just build a frame from 2x4's and set it directly onto the ground. My neighbor up the street, who builds things to withstand tornados I think, says we should put down a base of railroad ties and build it on top of that. I do trust his judgement as he built a shed onto our house prior to it being our house and has built things for many other people around the neighborhood. He built himself a shed using this railroad tie method. I am not sure which way we should go. I want to do it right and I want it secure and sturdy. So hubby, who isn't real construction saavy, says we can lay down the railroad ties and then sink the 4x4's into the ground at each corner and at 3 ft intervals along the ties and then use 2x4's for the frame, which will sit onto of the railroad ties and be attached tot he 2x4's. Any construction people have any thoughts on any of these methods? I am kind of the brains of the outfit here and he will build it if I can give him specific instructions on what to do. However, he may be taking on a second job, in which case I would have to build it myself or hire someone to do it for me. In either case, I need to know exactly what I want and how I want it done. I do like the railroad tie idea as it would make a nice frame around the whole coop/run area and help keep stuff inside the pen, inside. We have railroad ties in other parts of our yard, so that would tie the coop into the yard as well. If you have any suggestions, I would love to hear them. Thanks so much.