I'm trying to figure out which type to build. I like the elevated, whether hutch or shed, so they have some shade. It gets hot here in Alabama. I don't really like the way the external laying boxes look. I do want something that is cute. Though I don't care a whole lot about what my neighbors think, I don't want my yard to be the neighborhood eye sore either. The coop won't be visible from the street. The neighbors on either side of me will be able to see it, though one more than the other, due to a large tree at the back of the coop. I do plan on building them a little yard, but also letting them free range while I'm out there with them. I have three chickens right now (I know that 2 are hens. 1 I'm not so sure about). I think we will probably not have more than 10-12 while we live here. We live inside the Birmingham, Al city limits. The ordinance says we can have up to 25. I would love to hear your opinions on the advantages of both. Thanks.