The coop, the chicken coop that is, has many functions. It actually is a chicken coop to our five hens (you may remember Lucy, Ethel, Thelma, Louise and Daisy Duke) as well as storage, garage space and dog run. This building is a bit of an surprise....
Before we moved to Red Gate Farm it looked a little drab. Just the front had been re-roofed and re-sided. No door on one end completely, lots of broken windows. Full of flotsam and jetsam from many years of being a rental property. It's actually a space on the far left, then the actual coop space, followed by a small storage space at the center door and a large garage "bay" at the far left.
Slowly, like the rest of Red Gate Farm the coop was cleaned up.
The back side which still had a shake roof, was re shingled to match the front side.
The front side, the only one that had been resided was painted a nice shade of red. Although I wanted white, I was out voted by the project supervisor.
A nice flower bed, edged by a cement border was created. Just the home for the chippy, cement chickens and tons of zinnias and dahlias.
Of course there must be small cement slabs in front of each door.
And finally, a spot for a clematis on a trellis... just like I've always wanted. One with large white flowers to really pop on the red of the coop.
Two old service station doors (scored on Craigs's List) became one glass door for the end of the coop that had been turned into a garage opening at some point over the years. New sliding doors built along the front, two actually cover the old original doors that were in sad shape. After all, once we had live chickens for the coop, we needed to keep out any visitors.
And a before shot of the back of the coop.... a pretty sad sight.
And now, that same view, with the industrial strength dog and chicken run, separate of course. I figure this is the safest place on our farm in the case of an earthquake. Those are some big beams supporting that little addition.
Next up may just need to be residing those other sides.
Coming to you from the great city of Toronto, yep this country girl should have some big city, vacation sharing this week....
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