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My Take on the Lowe's Playhouse Coop

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by Chickens by the Sea, Nov 5, 2008.

  1. Chickens by the Sea

    Chickens by the Sea In the Brooder

    Oct 21, 2008
    Ventura, CA
    I have been checking out this forum for months getting a lot of great information. This is my first post! Our kids are doing 4-H and we have gotten 6 baby chicks. Here are some pictures of our newly built coop which is our take on the popular playhouse from Lowe's. It's dimensions are 4 feet by 10 feet, and it's cost, including the playhouse (which we got for $80 on clearance) is around $450 dollars to build.

    The panels all laid out getting painted (this is a time consuming playhouse!)


    Here is the box we built to put the house on- it is 2 feet high.


    My husband putting together the panels, using 2 x 4's.


    Our poor dog has no idea what is in store for her!


    You might as well put in a cute floor! We got these vinyl squares at Lowe's.


    Aside from a nest box and ladder, the coop is complete! We are very proud of how it turned out.

  2. Nifty-Chicken

    Nifty-Chicken Administrator Staff Member 11 Years

    Holy cow!! Great first post and great lookin' coop!

    You tied the playhouse into the run beautifully.

    I'm very curious what the extra $370 went to? Lumber, nails, flooring, screen, etc?

    BTW, a HUGE [​IMG]

    Pull up a chair and stick around for a while!
  3. Whirlwind

    Whirlwind Songster

    Apr 14, 2007
    Tuttle, Oklahoma
    Looks great. I love it.
  4. Chickens by the Sea

    Chickens by the Sea In the Brooder

    Oct 21, 2008
    Ventura, CA
    All right, believe it or not, I actually wrote out my costs as we were building- which I never do. Here is a basic breakdown:

    Playhouse: $72
    Hardware cloth: $70
    Paint: $62
    Fence Brackets: $25
    Paint brushes: $30
    Wood (25 2x4's): $50 we had plywood already- that would be additional
    Vinyl: $20
    Hinges, latches: $40
    Nails, screws, staples: $20
    Tuftex roof: $50

    $439 plus tax - roughly

    I'm sure it could be done more economically, but we wanted to make it look nice. I thought it wasn't too bad for what we wound up with.
  5. orcasislandchickens

    orcasislandchickens Songster

    Jul 9, 2008
    Great job with the coop. That is also a realy nice run and the poster above was right when they said you tied it together well. I think the extra paint was worth every bit of extra effort to achieve such a finished look.

    It was very nice of you to keep track of your costs and share them with us. That sort of information is very helpful for others in the planning stages. I know I looked at a lot of coops here for ideas (and reality checks as to what I could afford) when I was planning for chicks.

    Well done!
  6. gumpsgirl

    gumpsgirl Crowing Premium Member

    Mar 25, 2008
    WOW! [​IMG] That looks wonderful! Great job on the coop! [​IMG]

  7. purr

    purr Songster

    Apr 30, 2008
    east freetown, ma
    It's gorgeous, I want that for my breeding pairs.Can I steal the idea?
  8. Shared Acres

    Shared Acres Songster

    Aug 10, 2008
    Northeast Fla
  9. hoosier

    hoosier Songster

    That looks fantastic! What a great job you two!

  10. WriterofWords

    WriterofWords Has Fainting Chickens

    Dec 25, 2007
    Chaparral, New Mexico
    Ummm WOW!

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