Thursday, June 6, 2013

My Newest Favorite Space

Today I'm sharing a recent project on the homestead.  We've been in desperate need of a new chicken coop.  The original coop was built quickly with salvaged materials a year or two after moving to the homestead, around 1998.  It's done remarkably well, but the roof leaks and some upper walls are chicken wire, which gets covered in the winter with old sheets or plastic sheeting.  The chickies really need some new digs.  Enter the outdoor pantry, a small shed which holds all the food that can't fit in our home pantry, all our canning jars and supplies, paper goods toiletries... you get the picture. Joseph came up with the brilliant idea to enclose my potting area for a pantry, which was already under roof and butted up to one wall of his personal shop.  Then, we'll be able to transform the old pantry into a chicken coop.

Here is the pantry already framed, with a brick floor put in.  We had several steel drums, which Joseph cut open and flattened.  It will help make it critter-proof, plus we weren't sure how long the sawyer was going to take to cut our siding boards, and needed some sort of siding to keep the insulation dry.  The insulation is some a friend had leftover from a job and donated.  The bricks were free... some years back, a truck hauling bricks overturned nearby.  My ex was a volunteer on the fire department and helped clean up the mess.

Inner walls were mostly made from boards I salvaged from the old store a mile up the road, and had stored.  They were very chippy, which I liked, but I gave them a good scrubbing to clean them and get any loose paint off.  We still had a few bare spots.  A folding door we ended up not using in the house was a perfect fit for one wall.

 This wall was created from a crate Joseph had received shop materials in.

The roof above this spot is a piece of corrugated polymer roofing, which we have in a couple of areas to allow for daylighting. I had a glass block stored, so asked if we could use it in this area of the ceiling, which will often allow me to see without the need for electricity.  An indoor and outdoor light were installed as well.


Shelving went in next.

Then we began moving the contents of one pantry to another.  I find a multitude of uses for this little cart, which Joseph made using wheelchair tires he rescued from the dumpster when he worked in healthcare.

Full shelves

We had almost everything on hand.  The siding was $30, 3 pieces of luan plywood for the ceiling $45, 6 -2 x 4's $18, 2 outlets and a box of nails were less than $20, so not much over $100 was spent.  Sometimes it just takes a bit of creativity.  I haven't taken a photo specifically of the finished outside, but have been enjoying it for photo shoots, seen here behind a Whynot Pottery soap dish.

Someday we'll build a room onto the house, which will include a workspace for me and a pantry to store everything that is here.  But for now, this is much closer to the house, which makes me a happy camper.  It's a tight, cool space.  I can see all sorts of possibilities when it's no longer a pantry. 


cookingwithgas said...

With all you all do, you did this too! I will have to come and see, how wonderful!

Angie @ thejunkranch said...

I love your new space. It's great! We are in the process of adding shelving to the tack room at the barn for our extra pantry. I've totally run out of space inside! We are getting chickens soon and Rick is building a movable coop since we can't let them out often...or at all because of our barn cats. He has friends that do this...I really can't imagine it being so workable but we'll see :)

Laurie said...

Yes, come see, Meredith! Angie, I know your space will be wonderful. The moveable coop... tried it for a time, but ours was tough to move, and less secure than the coop, so gave up on it. I'll be interested to hear about your experience with one.

Lesley Austin said...

What a satisfying post, Laurie! I love to learn how others try to make do and rearrange and just make life that little bit know?

Enjoy your new/old spaces,


Mrs. Mac said...

I love the look of all of the salvaged pieces .. brick .. and the well worn wood. What a great transformation and it looks like it will work wonderfully since it's insulated.