The rehab is almost complete! (pic. heavy)

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by Farmington, Jun 7, 2010.

  1. Farmington

    Farmington Songster

    Jun 2, 2009
    Northeast Ohio
    Well, it's been a long road rehabbing an old structure that doesn't have a straight line left in it! We've gone from a run down piece of junk with a rotten floor, and roof, to a livable piece of not so junky junk [​IMG]. 80% of the wood was either found, or given to me. The shingles were given to me from a neighbor, and I wound up with 2 different styles, and colors of shingles, but it gives it character. The hardware cloth was found in an old barn, with all kinds of other useful junk by my son. I've never done anything like this before in my life. I'm definitely no carpenter! I want to thank everyone on here who directly, or indirectly helped in this project with advice, and pictures, and the wealth of ideas available on this awesome website! [​IMG]. Here's some before, and afters...

    The outer shell was pretty strong to begin with, so not much needed to be done, except for some fixing on the lower part of the side I put the pop door on.



    The roof was a disaster! Here's a before shot looking up:[​IMG]

    Inside was a wreck. Here's some before pics: [​IMG]

    And, the after shots:[​IMG]

    I put a partition wall incorporating 4 nest boxes, with access to them from the transition/storage area when you first walk in. This area is 7' x 4'. The living area is 12' x 7' I put in 14' of roosting space. The walls are 8' high, and the peak of the roof is 12' high.

    The floor was REALLY BAD, as I found out when I put my foot through it! I had to replace most of the joists, and added a few pieces in between them for strength. Over top, I laid down some used 1" plywood from a neighbor. Had a lot of fun pulling nails [​IMG]. I covered it all with a sheet of vinyl flooring from Lowe's that was less than $30. I nailed down 2x4's that I ripped in half around the edge of the vinyl to hold it down (no glue!). This way, when I need to replace it, I can pull up the edges, roll up the whole thing and get rid of it in one piece, then lay down a new one.

    The pop door is a slider style I cobbled together that lifts with a rope, and I put a slide bolt on the inside for security:

    I added a window that I garbage picked for light on the south side as is seen in the above exterior pictures. I still need to do the run, but I have the materials, including a free 50' roll of 2x4 welded wire, but I have my 10 week old bantams in there now. In a couple more weeks, the Ameraucanas, and Buckeyes will go in as well, and we'll be in business with 18 birds all together. For now, my Mille-fleur rooster Ralph is lovin' life, rulin' the roost

    Thanks all, once again for all the contributions! Hope you all like it!
    Last edited: Jun 8, 2010
  2. countrychix

    countrychix Songster

    Mar 18, 2010
    Frewsburg, NY
    Everything looks great! For someone who claims not to be a carpenter you did an awesome job. Love all the before and after pics too. [​IMG]
  3. CoyoteMagic

    CoyoteMagic RIP ?-2014

    Wow great job!

    Ralph has personality, lol
  4. Stumpy

    Stumpy Songster

    Apr 15, 2008
    I like it! I love to see these sorts of transformations.
  5. WV_Hillbilly70

    WV_Hillbilly70 Songster

    Apr 28, 2010
    Nashville, Indiana
    [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG] 3 Thumbs up!!!! Great job!! [​IMG]
  6. elmo

    elmo Crowing

    May 23, 2009
    Love it! The thrifty New Englander in me really appreciates when you can take something old and in bad shape and turn it into something good and useful.

    Love the picture of Ralph, too! We have five d'Uccle chicks that are almost six weeks old now and they're keeping us entertained with their antics.
  7. MareeZoCool

    MareeZoCool Songster

    [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG] EXCELLENT! ~ and you call yourself no carpenter? yeesh, I'd hate for you to see the mess my poor chickens were living in![​IMG] We are finally on to building a satisfactory home for my chickens, as coon-safe as possible![​IMG]
    The sooner we get this thing done, the sooner I can get my rooster a harem:gig:lau Poor boy, he's out there, searching for his ladies.[​IMG]
    Last edited: Jun 8, 2010
  8. nelgkel

    nelgkel Songster

    Apr 14, 2010
  9. ThePigeonKid

    ThePigeonKid Songster

    May 24, 2010
    Ohio - Chickens 3yrs
    Great job!! [​IMG]
  10. Kansaseq

    Kansaseq Prairie Wolf Farm Asylum

    Feb 12, 2009
    NE Kansas
    Nicely done! I love old buildings with character [​IMG]

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