Okay, I went to Lowes today and have some questions: 1. Hardware cloth. All the 1/2x1/2 inch was 20 or 19 gauge. Don't I need 16? What's up with that? The 1/2 x 1 inch stuff (bunny fence) looked to be about 16 or 14 gauge but didn't say what gauge. 2. Plywood- the 1/4" thickness was MUCH lighter than the .3 stuff. It looked sturdy enough that a fox wasn't going to scratch or karate kick a hole in it. Any problems with 1/4" aside from maybe warping? 3. Wood braces- the 2x2 pine looked good for most my needs. Is there a better choice than pine? I know I read something around here but now I've lost it. 4. Primer/finish- I did a search and found some suggestions for painting everything at the end, but does anyone else want to weigh in on this? I am keeping my eyes open for freebies but there's enough on sale right now that I can afford to buy if I must. I'm guessing the 5+ year old stuff in the closet isn't going to cut it, or can I try it on a piece of scrap wood and see how it dries? 5. The nice employee gave me the idea of lining the inside of the rafters with heavy duty plastic to save on cost and weight. There is one area by the roosts they could reach though. I'm thinking maybe a bit of old tarp instead? Any other ideas for a light but insulated roof? I'm thinking a metal top to reflect the sun. (North Carolina- so heat is the big concern.) Any random suggestions?