Design & Construction by quentin Irvine
© 2009 quentin Irvine
Design & Construction by quentin Irvine

The

Famouse Raglan Street

South Melbourne Palais des Poules

I wanted to have chickens in my little house in south melbourne. Space is tight so we needed a compact chicken house. This is what i campe up with. The Internal space has an especially light starved laying box with easy egg access door, a perch for 3 to 4 chickens, a mezaneen feeding area and a general scratching around area on the bottom floor. I was tempted to go 3 storries and might still do this in time. I designed the doors, as removable patterns that have an interesting slott in system, which requires no moving Parts or lathces yet holds the doors in place securely! and i made some Galvanised steel mesh doors that interchange with the door panels for summer. The house even has a glass observation window on the mezanine.

It's quite nicely constructed out of approprite timbers which have been offcuts off other jobs i have done. The cladding is ancient western red cedar shingles, which were basicly found in a compost heap, yet still going strong. I think they will be around for a long time still. WR Cedar is amazing. All other external timbers are cut out of Spotted Gum or Merbau Decking Timbers, and the deck/entrance ramp is Cypress Pine - another excelent out door timber. The chicken house is located in the back corner of the back yard so the photos arnt great.

This design style or something a little stronger (im fully across the Australian Timber Framing Standard AS1684) would lend really well to tree house/ cubby house construction for kids and im hopping for it to be mounted higher in the sky one day for the chickens when we move somewhere with more space.

 

 

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© 2009 quentin Irvine