Ok, so I bought (kinda feel as if I cheated here, LOL) a St Bernard Dog house for our coop. This thing is huge, its about 6'3" at the peak, but I want to raise it up a bit, so that they will have the shelter from the heat in the summer. What is a good height? Hubby and I were thinking 12 inches, possibly 16. Its going to be interesting modifying this thing for the chickens. Here's what needs to be done: Raised up Ventilation Windows Nest boxes ( this is a toss up, can't decide whether to use the metal ones that we are using in the shed now on the inside, or build the ones that sit on the outside for more room inside) Access Door for us Pop Door Slide out Litter door with pan There are so many great threads on here with pictures that it almost makes it hard to decide what to do. So many wonderful coops with great ideas. LOL I would love suggestions. It is insultated and already set up for electricity. This was one spoiled dog. LOL Also, they blocked off the rafters, but we will be taking that down, to add roosting space for the chickens. Its really and interesting design, and even has a little front porch on it with an overhang. It just wound up being bigger than I expected, when I got there to buy it. But couldn't pass it up, because it was so well built. LOL The run will be sand, which is mostly what we have out here for dirt, we live on a lake, so its plentiful, but am thinking about getting some beach sand from the sand pits to add with it.