Welcome to BYC and "West River thread" Chickengirl73! My only advise is build for the winter needs. Think of watering in winter & feeding in winter, as well as light issues for your birds, in winter. That's when the real issues appear. More efforts by predators to get your birds & you fighting the frozen egg issues, and the reduction in eggs due to lack of sunlight. So as long as you plan out ways to address winter issues --- as you build -- you will be ahead of the 8ball in the end & will enjoy it even more! One gal in Madison area has a cool system to help keep her girls warm. She has a passive solar "Pop can" collector on the side of her hen house! Just warms their insulated hen house a bit more and also she has south facing windows. I'm looking at using as much passive solar as possible, even building my coop to mimic a "hot house" in some ways. That way the girls get more of the low light we get in winter. We're also looking at the solar collectors to add heat as well as planning on insulating the west wall. The north wall is of a standing structure, so that's not a problem. But the west wall gets the blunt of the winds in our case. Anyhow, that's my 2.5 cents worth!!