Total cost is about $7. We got the playhouse for free from some friends. The wood base was built out of scrap from another friend's lumber pile. The hardware cloth was left over from the big coop. I only paid for screws and washers to attach the hardware cloth. I still need to put a lock on the door, though. Currently living in the playhouse are 8 chicks between 6 and 10 weeks old. Eventually they'll be moved into the big coop and I'm hoping to use the playhouse as a brooding coop, especially if we decide to keep our 3 Silkies, who do nothing but sit on eggs and drive me crazy. Checkin out the new digs.