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Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by JBarringerNC, Jan 4, 2013.

  1. JBarringerNC

    JBarringerNC Chirping

    Hey gang,

    I'm in the final stages of my new coop build, and I was thinking of installing a window or 2 in the sides of the structure.
    The prices for normal sized home windows is ridiculous at Lowes and Home Depot, so I was thinking of installing Playhouse or Shed windows..
    But I'm having trouble finding any.

    Where can I look for some smaller sized windows (and at cheap prices)
    Size: about 12" to 18" square


    J. Barringer
    Charlotte NC

  2. jaj121159

    jaj121159 Songster

    May 27, 2010
    Northeast Nebraska
    Check out storm or basement windows. Storm windows are much cheaper and very easy to install.
  3. FuzzyChicken

    FuzzyChicken In the Brooder

    Nov 12, 2011
    PEI, Canada
    JB - Kijiji, Craigslist and/or your used classifieds are great places to start. Also try visiting a local window manufacturer; they often have old windows that they have removed just sitting around. You shouldn't have a problem finding what you need and most people are often just glad to get rid of some old windows, especially when you tell them what it's for. I've been collecting some windows for over a year now both for a greenhouse and chicken coop. I haven't had to pay a cent for the 20 or so I've gathered. All have been gladly donated. Keep your eyes open I'm sure you'll find what you need in short course.

  4. Habitat for Humanity Restore is a good place. Their prices are usually cheap. When I went they had some in their back area that they gave me for free.
  5. Eznet2u

    Eznet2u Chirping

    Jul 22, 2011
  6. JBarringerNC

    JBarringerNC Chirping

    Thanks for the suggestions, I will try hitting craigslist.
    I can't seem to find much of anything for free any more .. at least here in Charlotte.

    I need something about 18x24" in size, I looked online at Lowes and Home Depot.. their prices for storm windows/basement windows are like $50
  7. wood&feathers

    wood&feathers Songster

    Dec 22, 2009
    E. KY
    Keep a sharp eye on old neighborhoods. If you see someone is getting new windows, stop and ask if you can pay $10-20 for one of the old ones. Many times they will just give you some.

    CL often has salvage ads. Yes those places are out to turn a buck and can be high on some things. But old storm windows, or single glazed used windows, should be reasonable. Look around for ones missing decorative muntins (?) or with dents in the frame.

    A Habitat ReStore is a good option, but in your area they may not be all that cheap. It just depends who is pricing what comes off the truck each day.

  8. shelbydog

    shelbydog Songster

    Dec 30, 2012
    Bristow, ok
    We have an architectural salvage yard here. Lot of great finds for little money.
  9. kichohana

    kichohana Songster

    Dec 28, 2009
    Johnston County, NC
    I'm in NC also. I love to check out Habitat for Humanity Restore. I just bought 4 huge 6-light wood sash windows for $5 each, and a solid wood 6-light door for $25 for my future much larger coop. You have 2 stores in your area:

    1133 N Wendover Rd
    Charlotte, NC 28211

    3326 Wilkinson Blvd
    Charlotte, NC 28208

    They have all kinds of window sizes. When we built our shed we bought new windows @ $50 each and a new exterior door for way-too-much at Lowes. I've learned that for exterior buildings (sheds, coops, etc.) it's so much more cost effective to buy re-use/recycled materials. Also with buying from Habitat, you're helping a good cause (besides your wallet!) [​IMG]

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