We were given a free old dog house when we bought a used chain link dog kennel. It looked horrible but I decided to transform it into a mini coop. It will house our children's 4 mille fleur d'uccle bantams and will be a great place for a baby chick nursery/playpen in the summers. My goal is to use nearly all recycled materials and spend as little as I can on it. My only anticipated expense will be hardware cloth which I haven't had luck finding used/free/etc. Here is what we started with. The wooden structure measures 2.5' x 4'. The run will be about 3.5' x 3' x 5'. Sorry for the lousy pics. Our camera lens didn't open all the way. I resisted the urge to go buy new paint. (not easy for me) We painted it over the weekend using 6 years old green solid stain that was leftover from our kid's swingset. I found old wooden screen panels in our barn that measure roughly 38 x 58. These will make the frame for the run. We had to cut one down to make the ends. The kids loved painting and constructing with us. They are taking real ownership in it.