Our guinea hens needed more room. A coop build was in order and we decided to expand our existing coop. Oh boy, what an experience!
The exterior is done! Can you believe it? I hardly can. So many road blocks: weather, job commitments, more weather. Such is the life of a homesteader!
Fortunately, I have a long background in loving and using tools so projects like these make me happy! This time around I got to purchase a new tool for cutting tin. Let me tell you… if you have to cut corrugated tin BUY THIS TOOL! No kidding, it makes this usually difficult job so much EASIER! I’d say that this tin cutter has been my tool of the year. Very happy to have added it to our tool box… not that I’ve let anyone else use it LOL!
We learned a LOT from this remodel. Most importantly:
- New builds are easier
- Slanted roofs for water catchment are a must
- Tin sheeting is the way to go for building walls and roofs. Not only do they go up quickly, they last for years and years
- I HATE dirt floors
Even though adding flooring greatly increases the time and cost of a project, the hassle of vermin and the DUST from the floor made Mr. Bluejeans and I realize that the time and money is well spent on this “luxury”. It IS a luxury, I mean one CAN live with a dirt floor I suppose, but it just feels… well… dirty! I can’t stand the dust in the summer and the mud in the winter (yes, the water creeps in). So we are biting the bullet and putting flooring in our new chicken coop.
I could go on about tools and building but let’s just show you the whole build! Check out this video to see the trials and tribulations (weather and more weather) that made this build a bit of a challenge.
If you have any questions about what we did please leave a comment! I’d love to encourage you to take on your own DIY projects, heck if I can do it, you most certainly can! And don’t forget, if you like this post PLEASE pin it! ♥
Do you have a favorite tool?