Well, I started building my coop. I have built things with my husband, like most of a house, but this is my first venture by myself. Its not perfect by any means, but its solid and sturdy, and most of all, its mine. I'm very proud of it! And I can NOT wait until my chickens are here! Its not done yet, but I wanted to post a few pics to let others see the progress. This is the base. It is on four concrete blocks buried in the ground. The base is 2x6 with 4x4 posts. The bottom will eventually have wire mesh around three sides and a door on the fourth (the right side of the picture). The top is 2x4 with a sheet of plywood on it. This will be the floor of the coop. We have more land behind the privacy fence. So my plan is to make a door that goes from the top enclosed coop through a hole in the fence to an outside run behind the fence. Then there will be another hole in the fence at the bottom for the chickens to access the bottom area which will be where their food and water are. The door on the bottom area will be for me to fill food and water and also for times when I want them to free range in the yard, I can leave it open. The whole thing is 4 feet by 6 feet. The bottom area is just a little less than 3 feet tall and the walls will be a little more than 3 feet tall, making the whole thing 6 feet tall not counting the roof. I moved the whole thing up closer to the shed- much warmer to be able to work inside! I framed all four walls and the roof separately and then installed them on the base. The door for the upper part of the coop is on the far side in the large opening. There is three open areas on the close side which will have external nesting boxes. The two other sides have a couple of 2x4 for perch rests- they will run right to left and will be a two different levels. The roof is framed with a 12 inch rise on the close side as we get a lot of snow here in South Dakota. The whole thing will sit with the left side of the picture being up against the fence.Oh- on the floor of the top part, there will be linoleum and then a couple of inches of sand. I have put a 2x4 barrier around the floor on areas that the sand could escape (doors and nesting boxes). Hopefully this will work! I planned on using cement hardy board for the walls and metal sheeting for the roof. Think this will be warm enough???? I could insulate the roof if needed.