Hi everyone. We are just about to start working on my new coop, finally. I keep around 8 to 12 chickens at any one time and since we live at 6200 ft., we want something that they can be out in no matter the weather. I have decided my new coop will be a covered coop and run design similar to the Wichita coop design, only much larger. I have looked at dozens of these types of covered coops/runs, including Carolina Coops and I was wondering why the coop part is always built off to one end? Is there a reason for this? I plan to put mine in the middle so that one side of the run holds all their food and water and will be closest to the house and easy for me to access and the other side is a play area. Under the coop will be a dust bathing area. Also, a center coop is more aesthetically pleasing to my eye, which is important because the coop will be part of our garden design and we will pass it every time we go in and out of the house. I also noticed that the clean out door is often facing the front and accessed from outside the coop and run, except with Carolina Coops,where it is in the back, but still accessed by from outside the coop and run. I will be utilizing the deep litter method and so I plan to have mine doors on the wall of the coop that is inside the run and faces the play area so all the dirty litter can put put right into the run for the chickens to further work into compost eventually. This is how I did it with a previous coop and it worked out great. Once a year in the fall, I just load up my wagon with all that wonderful compost and put it straight into my garden. No lugging to compost bins or putting into trash bags and hauling away. Why have the door in the front of the coop? Doesn't it make a mess when you clean it out? I am also planning to have the exterior nest boxes on the other coop wall inside the run(facing out into the eating part of the run) so I don't have to worry about leaks or predators. I also noticed most external nest boxes are on one of the outer walls that are not covered by the roof of the run. This will also keep the nest boxes protected from the hot afternoon sun in the summer time. The food part of the run and the nest boxes will be in the first section of the run and easily accessed from a walkway. Then there will be the coop and finally the "play"section of the run, which will also have an 8 x 4 loft which will also serve as a brooder or separation pen. There will be logs, tires, perches and all sorts of things in the "play" section of the run. Each run section will be around 12 ft by 8 ft and the coop will be approx. 8 x 8. I am only going to get one shot at this and I need to get it right as husband has made it clear that he will never again build another coop. Am I missing some major reason for putting the coop at the end of the run? Is my plan seriously flawed in some way that I have overlooked? I am chronically ill and have some physical issues so the design I have come up with will be one that is easy for me to care for the chickens all on my own. But I can't afford to have a fatal design flaw as I am going to have to live with this coop for the rest of my life. Thanks for any advice you might share with me. Cheers!