Monday, October 18, 2010

DIY Storage Shed Designs & Plans

sAre you a do it yourself kind of individual? If so then professionally designed building plans will make your next project a lot easier to complete. One popular project is building outdoor storage sheds. Before starting the construction invest in a set of do it yourself shed plans. Good plans will save you time and money. If you have accumulated a lot of "stuff' over the years having an outdoor storage unit will help from keeping your house closets from getting over loaded.

Having a place to store your extra items or your lawn and garden equipment is really nice but if you do the construction yourself it is extra gratifying.

There are 2 important considerations regarding a shed design project:

1. Make sure you have a solid foundation for your storage unit. The larger your storage unit the deeper and sturdier the foundation needs to be.

2. Make sure you get a building permit if needed.
Check with your city to see if there are any permits that you will need to complete your construction project. Better to be safe than sorry, you don't want to face a fine or have to do any rebuilding.

With a set of do it yourself shed plans you will have a complete material list right down to your last nail. If you get a good set of blueprints they should include the lumber cut sizes making wood selection easier. Even if you decide to hire a builder having a set of plans will save you money because you will be able to get the materials yourself saving any mark up by the builder.

Monday, October 4, 2010

The Chicken Coop Tractor Is The Perfect Solution For Raising Chickens In An Urban Environment

The chicken coop tractor allows your chickens to roam in an open space and can be moved after period of time because they will have used up the area and will need new pasture.

If you want your hens to roam and access fresh green grass, various types of insects in addition to the feed you provide for them, yet need to protect them from dangerous elements the chicken coop tractor design is an ideal solution.
Chicken coop tractors are designed in a variety of styles but the end result is the same; they are portable and feature an enclosed pen with an open bottom, with a nesting/roosting area. It should be lightweight so that it can be moved from place to place easily on a regular basis, providing your chickens with a fresh environment. Because it is completely enclosed the chickens can’t get out, nor can predators get in.

If you need a urban solution for raising your chickens then a chicken coop tractor is the ideal hen house and it is something you can build yourself if you start with a good set of plans!