That's how much I spent today on materials and nails to build what's planned to be an 8 foot long x 4 foot wide x 4 foot tall henhouse. It'll hold 16 chickens if you estimate 2 square feet per bird. (That doesn't count paint, nestboxes, or whatever fencing I'm going to need for the run, although by my calculation, the wood for nestboxes won't add more than $20 to the price.) I looked at a lot of plans on here and googled tons before drawing up my own design last night--mostly because I needed something SIMPLE! I really wanted a step-by-step plan complete with a supply list and couldn't find it--really, a "recipe" for a henhouse. Since I couldn't find one, I'll try to provide one for others. I'll post pics as I go--we got home too late tonight to really get going on the construction. Just FYI, I'm a 30 year old woman with 2 sons, 8 and 10, and no carpentry experience but with a can-do attitude, a hammer, and the vocabulary of an ex-Navy wife (for use when I hit my thumb with the hammer, LOL--but not around the boys!), so we'll see how it shapes up! Today I bought: 13 -- 2x4s (8 feet long) 2 -- 1x2s (8 feet long) 4 -- 4x4s (8 feet long) 3 -- 2x2s (3 feet long--railings for a banister, actually) 4 -- 8x8x8 "half" cinderblocks 5 -- 8x4 sheets of weather-treated plywood 2 -- 1 pound boxes of 3 1/4" nails (and I can already tell I'm going to need more!) I went to Home Depot because they'll cut the wood to measure for you for free. I had them cut 4 of the 2x4s, 2 of the 4x4s, 1 of the 2x2 bannister rails, and 1 of the plywood sheets. (You'll see in the pictures that in the end, they had to cut ALL the plywood sheets lengthwise because they wouldn't fit in my Trooper otherwise, but that's not necessary--it just happened to work out that way, so I'm going to pretend it didn't as I write this!) When they finished I had: 10 -- 8 foot long 2x4s 8 -- 4 foot long 2x4s 2 -- 8 foot long 4x4s 2 -- 4 foot long 4x4s 2 -- 3 foot long 2x2s (these are for the sides of a chicken ladder) 3 -- 1 foot long 2x2s (these will be the rungs of the chicken ladder) 4 -- 8x4 sheets of plywood 1 -- 4x4 sheet of plywood 2 -- 2x4 sheets of plywood 2 -- 8 foot long 1x2s I wish now I'd had them cut the 1x2s into 4 foot segments since they're for the roosts, but I forgot to. I'm sure I'll make it work anyway. If nothing else, I'll buy a saw--they can't be too expensive, right? When we got home, we set out the 4 cinder blocks and put the two 8 foot long 4x4s on top of them, 4 feet apart. This is so the henhouse will be a foot up off the ground. On top of those went 2 of the 8 foot long 2x4s, with 4 of the 4 foot long 2x4s as braces, and it all got nailed together. On top of that goes the first 8x4 sheet of plywood, and you've got your floor. That's where we're at now--pictures tomorrow! Wish I had a scanner so I could post my design drawing, but oh well. Knowing me, it'll change drastically during construction anyway and bear little resemblance to the drawing by the time I'm done, LOL!