Window Design... Which one looks better?

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by DarkWolf, Nov 1, 2009.

  1. DarkWolf

    DarkWolf Chillin' With My Peeps

    Nov 11, 2008
    Murray Kentucky
    Trying to figure out what design I want to do for windows in my coop. Opinions?

    The TOP part of the window opens upward.. While the BOTTOM section will be hinged and will open outward.

    Option 1)


    This option uses three windows for the bottom. They will open like a tri-fold door.. The logistics of that are still mucking about in my head.

    Option 2)


    This option uses four windows for the bottom. This will allow an easier bi-fold setup so that the left set opens one way and the right open the other way, as pairs.

    NOTE: In option 2, I'm considering making the top window thinner so that they all level off.. The look is not only a function over form one, but also to mirror the look of the run.

    So what say you?
    Last edited: Nov 1, 2009
  2. Bleenie

    Bleenie Wyan-DO's

    I like the design with 3 bottom windows, it looks more even that way (if that makes sense!)... maybe its because they're both odd numbers?

    the 4 bottom windows looks cluttered to me.
  3. AkTomboy

    AkTomboy Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 21, 2009
    DJ, Alaska
    #1 I think it has much cleaner lines. [​IMG]
  4. Mr. Peepers

    Mr. Peepers Out Of The Brooder

    Sep 7, 2009
    Windows that open outward can't be screened against predators. In all cases, your best bet is to keep things simple, particularly in chicken coop design. Here's a nice place to get coop windows very inexpensively.
  5. CityChook

    CityChook Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 9, 2008
    Minneapolis, MN
    My Coop
    I like #1. Are you making these yourself? They're lovely.
  6. teach1rusl

    teach1rusl Love My Chickens

    I would choose #2 if I were building the coop. Our (house) loft windows are similar (long transom on top, two on the bottom that crank out). It's nice in the summer because depending on which way the breeze is blowing from, you can just crank out the window (or in your case window pair) that catches it. If you used the tri-fold set-up, that wouldn't be an option (as far as I can tell). Either way it's sure going to look great!!

    P.S. I do agree w/most others that the tri-fold looks nicer, but I just think #2 would be more useful.
    Last edited: Nov 2, 2009
  7. gsim

    gsim Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jun 18, 2009
    East Tennessee
    I would do an awning type with top hinge and a prop to set opening. Keeps rain out. I would do vents that can be opened or closed at bottoms, or if you need light, do home made fixed windows. I would do hardware cloth screens fixed, inside. Or, do chicken wire over 2x4 welded wire fixed inside. Alternative that I did was to make a screen frame of 2x2 and use two hinges on one side so as to be able to work on windows or wash same if needed or raise/lower from inside too. These are interior screens over conventional double hung sash windows. I used 2 screen-door hooks opposite side from hinges to secure them in closed condition, which is 99% of time. (If open, chooks will sit on sills and poop up a pile there for you to clean.) Standard door hinges cheaper than smaller hinges too, and will take moor abuse.
  8. patandchickens

    patandchickens Flock Mistress

    Apr 20, 2007
    Ontario, Canada
    I think that the second and third options will be a real construction/maintenance problem and are inherently structurally weak. Of the designs shown, the first seems most sensible but I'd have the bottom half tilt *inward* not outward, it keeps rain and wind out much better that way. (You can perfectly well predator-screen it *either way*, of course)

    Honestly they all look like they are higher on the "aesthetics while in sketch form" scale than on the "actually buildable, usefully functional as windows and ventilation, and likely to function well over the long haul" scale. Which is fine if you just want a challenging project and don't mind fooling with or replacing 'em as time goes by, but, just pointing this out on the offchance you might not be aware of it [​IMG]

    Good lcuk, have fun,

  9. DarkWolf

    DarkWolf Chillin' With My Peeps

    Nov 11, 2008
    Murray Kentucky
    Having the top window tilt outward will have no baring on rain.. And it can't tilt in as there is hardware cloth in the way. [​IMG]

    Besides.. I have a 2' overhangs on the side.. Rain is a null issue, windows or no windows.. I never have anything blow in.


    gsim: a 3' tall by 3' wide awning window would be absurd and would be far too heavy to last. But then, I didn't give dimensions... I only asked for an opinion between option ONE and option TWO.. [​IMG]

    Mr. Peepers: No clue where you got the idea that outward opening windows can not be screened. There IS another side, still. It's called the inside. [​IMG]

    Anyway.. Thanks to those who stuck to the question at hand for option ONE vs. option TWO.. Much appreciated. [​IMG]
    Last edited: Nov 2, 2009
  10. keedokes

    keedokes Chillin' With My Peeps

    Feb 25, 2009
    Milwaukee, WI
    I like #1. [​IMG]

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