Coop du Jour: another Playhouse Coop (pics)

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by SewingDiva, May 25, 2008.

  1. Today was a picture perfect New England spring day, and DH spent most of it working on our Playhouse Coop. It went together pretty well, I'd say that one or two people with advanced intermediate wood working skills will have no problem.


    We were able find to all of the materials at Lowes, and the only real change we made was to use Tuftex vinyl panels for the roof instead of standing metal seam, which I could not find anywhere in such a small quantity and still be cost-effective. The Tuftex panels also came from Lwoes.


    I started painting it today, and will finish it up tomorrow, which is supposed to be a nice day as well. Then it needs just the roof, exterior trim and the interior stuff.


    Sorry about the weeds! This part of our yard has been sadly neglected while we work on other renovations, but now that the coop is here I need to get this area back in shape!

  2. asher

    asher Chicken Enabler Extraordinaire

    Jan 26, 2007
    Mountains of NC
    Looking great!
  3. SterlingAcres

    SterlingAcres Songster

    Apr 17, 2008
    Poconos, PA
    Looks great!! Can't wait to see it finished [​IMG]
  4. redoak

    redoak Songster

    Feb 27, 2008
    Russia, NY
    I love the rock wall with the built in steps. The coop looks pretty nice too.
  5. CarlaRiggs

    CarlaRiggs Songster

    Diva ~

    Your Coop du Jour looks terrific! [​IMG] DH is doing a wonderful job of putting the coop together. Will you explain about the roofing materials you plan to use? I'd like to hear more about it. please. [​IMG]
    And what weeds? I see beautiful greenery and fat poppy buds that are about to burst open. Your chickens will love their new digs!

  6. melirobin

    melirobin In the Brooder

    May 22, 2008
    Hi, very nice coop. My family is also in Massachusetts and planning for our first ever chicks to arrive soon.

    We have also been planning to build a very similar coop.

    So I had a couple of questions. Are you insulating it at all? I keep hearing opposing opinions on this and am just curious what you are planning to do.

    Also will your feeder and waterer go in the coop or in the run?
  7. chickeepoo

    chickeepoo Songster

    Mar 10, 2008
    Orlando, FL
    Nice coop! Is this one from the plans for the Playhouse Coop in the small coop design section? And do you put hardware cloth on the bottom to keep predators out or set on a concrete base?
  8. Quote:Hi Carla,

    Oh sure I can give you some more info on the roofing;

    The Tuftex panels we found at Lowes are 12 feet long x 26 inches wide, and two panels will be enough for the coop. The other material you need are what Tuftex calls "wave closure strips", basically either foam or wooden strips that mirror the corrugation pattern on one side and are flat on the other. You will need these to set the roof panels onto the coop. The last special item are neoprene coated screws that Tuftex also makes and sells with the panels.

    The Tuftex website had a good installation guide with an excellent schematic drawing that shows how to install the panels in several different spplications (pitiched roof, single slope roof, side panel or fence, etc.)

    You won't have a lot of color choice; the opaque panels come in only two colors; dark green and beige but this product is not expensive, compared to standing seam metla roof anyway, I think one panel is maybe $12? So I was more than happy to live with the limited color choice at that price! I could not find standing seam metal roofing for less than $150.

    The panels are in the roofing section at Lowes, but you may need to ask for them because in our store they were located way in the back, and we almost didn't see them.

    These panels are not heavy - a teenager could pick one up - and they are relatively rigid, being stiff in the direction of the corrugation and they flex on the short side. I don't see this as a problem because the roof is so small. The vinyl is rated to withstand temps from -40 to 150 degrees F and the color will not fade. You can also cut it with a circular saw.

    Tuftex also makes a stiff polycarbonate corrgated panel; Lowes did not have that so you'd need to contact Tuftex for details on that.

    The roof is going on today hopefully!
  9. Scrambled Egg

    Scrambled Egg Flock Mistress

    Aug 29, 2007
    Fayetteville, NC
    That is gonna be sooo cute and I love the raided area you have it in!! Very pretty..I could have a million different landscaping ideas around that area!! I have some of that slate in my yard too as a patio extension, I have to use round up all the time to keep the weeds from growing between it ( no, my chickens never come near that part of my yard when I let them out) . Anyway, very cute, like it alot!! [​IMG]
    Last edited: May 26, 2008
  10. Quote:I really went went back and forth in my mind on inuslation, and decided to not to use it in the end. The Playhouse Coop is meant only for 2-3 birds, and we picked cold hardy breeds anyway, so I thnk their collective body heat will keep them warm. I suppose I could add insulation into the "attic" section if I really need to. I also think insulation will work against me during a hot summer, and I'm more concerned about overheated birds than cold ones because we'll have heavy feathered breeds.

    Dennis (the man who sells the Playhouse Coop plans) lives in Wisconsin and his prototype is not insulated either. He does cover the hardware cloth sides with heayv plastic in the winter to keep the snow and wind off the birds, so I'm sure we'll do the same.

    I'm going to hang the feed and water cans under the houuse, and the water can will probably be glavanized steel so that in cold weather I can set it on one of those heated metal plates that McMuarray sells through their catalog.


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