2023 - Volume #47, Issue #2, Page #07[ Sample Stories From This Issue | List of All Stories In This Issue | Print this story | Read this issue]
Chicken Coop Turned Into Guest House
Pittman’s grandfather constructed the coop himself, including pouring the cement foundation.
In its prime, the chicken house likely contained 100 to 400 birds. But by 2016, it was derelict after decades of being used for nothing more than storage.
Pittman decided to give the chicken house a reset by transforming it into a guest house. She teamed up with her friend Ricky, a retired construction worker, and the two of them got to work using a plan he sketched on the back of a two-by-four. “I have no idea what I was thinking, taking on this project,” Pittman says. “We’d just finished an extensive renovation on our house, so I definitely didn’t need another big expense!”
Nonetheless, the pair chipped away at the chicken house over the following year, finding as many ways as possible to keep costs low. The house’s original metal roof was replaced, and the walls were fitted with leftover windows from her renovation. Pittman purchased most of the interior furnishings from local thrift stores and even sourced some key pieces from dumpsters. At first, Pittman left one side of the house as a functioning chicken coop, but the birds proved too messy and were relocated farther away from living spaces.
The final result is a cozy guest house that’s perfect when extended family comes to visit. It’s complete with many modern conveniences, including a bathroom, heat, and even air conditioning.
Contact: FARM SHOW Followup, Viki Pittman, Lawton, Okla. 73501 (email@example.com).
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