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    Building the coop: exterior – Planning for chickens (4)

    With the coop frame done, it’s time to cover it so the chickens will stay safe, warm and dry : ) After some looking around, we decided to cover the coop with rebate planks. I love natural materials, and in my opinion wood looks just beautiful! On top of that it isolates, and with the right joint it fits tight together making it wind and water proof. We chose two different kinds of rebate – pine rebate for the walls, and douglas swedish rebate for the roof. We took two different kinds of wood to create contrast in color. Basically just for looks : ) Through the plans I made…

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    Building the coop: frame – Planning for chickens (3)

    A couple weeks ago I wrote about the plans I drew for the chicken coop. Based on those plans we ordered the wood. Because the plans were drawn on scale, we could simply measure the distances on the paper and calculate from there what the real sizes should be. 1cm on paper is equal to 25cm on full scale, so it was pretty easy to calculate what we needed. Round it up for sawing waste, error margin and drawing imperfections and ta-dah! There it is : ) After that, we needed to figure out the most efficient way to saw the lengths off 4m beams, to figure out how many…

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    DIY Bee/Insect Hotel

    Ever since we have a garden again, I’ve been itching to DIY a bee/insect hotel. We have plenty of housing for insects in the vegetation in the garden, but I like the idea of helping nature.. And besides, the more bees and insects, the better for the garden! I also chose to make one instead of buying one so I could use some of the unused materials on the property. I can also make it as big/small as I want, and it’ll be made of nothing but natural materials. First of all, I needed a base. The logs we still had from the fallen tree would be perfect for this!…