It’s ugly and cool and drizzly outside this morning, so it’s a good time to post about our projects.

As you last remember, the chicken coop had three walls standing and no roof. Jim has kept his nose to the grindstone and things are shaping up quickly! I continue to excavate the center aisle of the greenhouse and build up a shallow berm around the split-level (the lack of which has contributed to water infiltration in the past). Let’s take a look at what Jim has been doing…

An old truck tarp provided some shelter while the roof and south wall were being framed. The roof rafters may be seen through the doorway.


Jim reattaching the original roof boards.


The boards are not in their precise original locations… you can see the “ghosts” of the earlier rafters on most of the boards.


Here the South wall has been framed to accommodate the nine-over-one windows. Jim is attaching the siding.



The windows are in! Because we used only the top sashes of two window units, their meeting rails had to be undercut to properly seat on the sloping window sill. These end windows will be hinged eventually and tilt inward.



The eaves mimic those of the adjacent garage which, in fact, is itself a converted chicken coop! Here a rafter tail was spliced on to replace a damaged end. The repair will be covered by corner boards yet to be installed.



This is the garage. See the vertical seam above the door? That marks the front corner of the structure when it was a chicken coop. The portion to the left was added for the garage conversion, possibly in the 50’s. We lowered the head casing over the door and brought it over to meet the window’s head casing because… aesthetics!

I was supposed to paint the garage two years ago and now I’m wondering if it will ever see paint again. Patches is on the lookout for mice.



Even though I had originally intended to have four-over-four windows for the chicken coop, I’m very happy with the look of these.



On the interior, Jim has added diagonal bracing to beef up the structure. A blue tarp covers the roof boards and serves as a sort of underlayment for the corrugated roofing to come. A partition will be built to create a small entry vestibule and storage area; the French door will open from there into the chickens’ domain. The door was retrieved several years ago from a trash pile!


Primer! We have enough primer and paint on hand to do the chicken coop, but the other buildings will have to continue waiting. I’ll be replacing the traditional white trim with a wheat color like that on the bunkhouse. I know; sacrilege! The white just seems abrasive to my eyes. I like it on Greek Revivals, but not here.


Jim begins to install the corrugated roofing — recycled, of course!


The seams are staggered. It will look nice, even though it is not highly visible. That’s it for now!


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