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Would you rebuild this shed or start from scratch? (Image heavy)

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by nico demouse, Nov 5, 2010.

  1. nico demouse

    nico demouse Out Of The Brooder

    Feb 10, 2010
    I am trying to decide whether to rebuild/retrofit an existing shed or start from scratch. The shed is pretty rough, not even remotely secure or predator proof right now. I expect we might need to strip off the plywood exterior but maybe the studs and floor are okay?

    Here's some info on our situation:

    Suburban lot (1/3 acre)
    Chicagoland area, so cold winters and hot summers
    We'd be keeping 8 layers, maximum. No roosters allowed.
    I have seen raccoons, possums, and fox in the yard/neighborhood. There are coyote in the area, although I have not seen them. There are also field mice or voles, not sure which. And the usual squirrels and chipmunks, but I don't think they usually cause problems, do they?
    There is a 8 foot privacy fence around most of the yard, but two sections are open picket, so I'm sure anything could get through that that wanted too.

    Although it *looks* like there is electrical hookup, as near as I can tell the project was never finished and that light socket is not live. Nor are the floods on the back.

    The shed doors face south, so in the first picture you are looking towards the north.

    Okay, here are the pictures:











    Our budget is small -- maybe $300? So we need to keep things basic, but neat enough to not bother the neighbors. Umm...I mean, they haven't been bothered by the ugly shed that we know, but...

    I have a strong preference for reusing and repurposing as much as we can.

    I have access to a couple (less than 5) pallets and some scrap plywood and 2x4s and the like for some of the supplies. I also have a bundle or two of shingles left over from roofing our house. Obviously I will also need to buy some (a lot!) things new.

    Would you try to rebuild this shed? Or just design something from scratch? In my dreams, I'd love to convert half the shed to space for chickens and then use the other half someday for a trio of rabbits? I don't know if that's even reasonable.

    Any suggestions or ideas appreciated.
    Last edited: Nov 5, 2010
  2. boykin2010

    boykin2010 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Sep 26, 2010
    South Georgia
    i dont think you should totally restart by any means.. just do some renovating on the inside. it does kinda depend on everything you will use it on
  3. silkieroo

    silkieroo Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 14, 2010
    Durham NH
    It actually looks pretty good to me... But I'm no expert. Hopefully someone with more experience will jump in. [​IMG] Bump!
  4. Mahonri

    Mahonri Urban Desert Chicken Enthusiast Premium Member

    May 14, 2008
    North Phoenix
    My Coop
    There is still lots of good wood there.

    I'd remodel with windows, vents and replace damaged wood.
  5. Gallo del Cielo

    Gallo del Cielo La Gallina Resort & Spa

    May 6, 2010
    My Coop
    That looks very workable to me. I'd just remove the most damaged and rotten parts. How are the floor and the supports below? For much less than it would take to build a new structure, you could make this structure last for many more years.
  6. LadyWoodsong

    LadyWoodsong Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 31, 2010
    Oh yes, absolutely! We renovated from something much more decrepit than that. Just look at my BYC page. I have more pics in some thread around here somewhere showing before and after. I'll see if I can dig it up.
  7. Liamm_1

    Liamm_1 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Looks terrific, and that's coming from a General Contractor.
    I had an old outhouse that had been sitting, unused for over 20 years. I put a new door in it, cut a small door for the chickens at the bottom, put a couple roosts (tree limbs), and they love it!
    The small door for the chickens leads to a run I built with all reused lumber, it's about 5x20, with corrugated roofing, and a 6' tall door.
    Trust me, your shed looks way prettier than mine, but mine is still solid and sound. It's for livestock for crying out loud lol. I was aiming more for function than prettiness. The only thing I had to purchase was a roll of poultry netting and 3 bags of concrete for the posts of the run.
    That shed of yours could house quite a flock!
    Agree with adding a couple windows on the South side, a vent or two, and getting rid of any dry rot/ structurally unsound wood.

    Edit: after looking at the pics again, I'd place one window in each door, up high, even 18x18 or so, and another window in the north side. Heck, even a skylight would work good on that roof. one roof vent should suffice for venting purposes. The windows in the doors, if you could make them convertible to a strong wire opening for the summer would be sweet.
    Last edited: Nov 5, 2010
  8. LadyWoodsong

    LadyWoodsong Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 31, 2010
  9. cfdf

    cfdf Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 12, 2010
    I would fix it up in a heart beat. Replace the rotten boards, add windows & vents, nest boxes, perch, food & water, paint and shingles
    You're good to go!! Oh, well almost! Don't forget the chickies! [​IMG] I think this will make a great coop.
  10. Liamm_1

    Liamm_1 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Quote:Just checked it out...nice!![​IMG]

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