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Building Houses, Building Lives

Many people that are just starting out with their chicken business or hobby ask the question of how to build a chicken house. Well luckily it’s not the hardest thing in the world, but it’s also not the easiest. There are quite a few factors that play into the building of a good chicken house, and the first thing that you need to be concerned with is supplying the chickens with the necessities.

They will need food, water, and shelter. This is essential to their survival, so you need to make sure you provide them these facilities and naturally make sure that the facilities stay in good repair at all times. For instance when you choose a food dispenser you will probably want to get them a tough feeder. These feeders will have a wire grate which will come in handy because chickens have a bad habit of defecating in their food.

The same goes for water, but the chickens will also push bedding and food into the water if they can. So with that in mind, you might want to make sure that their water is placed high up so that they can reach it but cannot play with it. There are many automatic water dispensers out there that will do the job, so take your time in deciding. You might even need to purchase more than one of them for your chickens, depending on how many you have and how much water they actually drink.

You will need to make sure the chickens have a place to sleep. This will normally involve roosts that they can sit in during the day or at night, whichever they choose to do. This is also where they will lay their eggs and where you will collect them. Make sure that the roosts are fairly large and easy for the birds to move around in; otherwise they might end up breaking their eggs as they attempt to leave.

Insulation is a must in any chicken coop. The walls need to be insulated if you live in an area that gets harsh winter weather. With that in mind you also need a way to close the coop up from the outside world for those months that it is too cold for them to be wandering around outside. You can do this by attaching a door, but you will probably want to make sure you have a fairly airtight seal over that opening. On that note you should also have decent insulation in your coop to make sure the chickens can breathe clean air. Clean and chicken coop do not usually go together in the same sentence, but you need to do the best you can.  รับสร้างบ้านสระบุรี

“One half of knowing what you want is knowing what you must give up before you get it.”

– Sidney Howard

Doing it yourself: The Owner-builder

Advantages
• Provided that the owner-builder knows precisely what his doing, he can effect substantial cost savings.

• He can build his home in his own time; halts proceedings if he runs out of funds; resume when more become available.

Disadvantages
• Owner-builder risks faulty basic design.

• He needs to have – but in most cases won’t have – detailed knowledge of the ingredients of the building process, from soil conditions through to the laying of tiles. In addition, he must have a thorough understanding of building regulations and more than a nodding acquaintanceship with quantity surveying, cost accounting and bookkeeping.

• He must supply the materials himself; problematic at the best of times, but especially risky during economic upswings, when shortages could occur. Rescheduling the project can be both difficult and expensive.

• Quality control: Very little recourse in the event of poor workmanship.

• Supervising sub-contractors is a tricky, complex and risk-laden task – one best left to the true professional.

• Local authorities will be laboriously meticulous in examining Owner-builder’s plans, which means delay and frustration.

• Lending institutions tend to be suspicious of owner- builders; the required loan might be difficult to obtain.

Conclusion:
Disadvantages outweigh the advantages unless the owner-builder is highly skilled and experienced and has an admirable tolerance of frustration. A valid option for the unqualified but competent handyman would to have the core unit professionally structured and then to do the finishes himself.

Commissioning an Architect and Builder

Advantages
• High Quality Design

• Quality of construction and materials guaranteed by architect if one is retained to supervise works. If no architect retained, reputable builder – and the contract and specifications should ensure a good job.

• The house will be built on time and within budget.

• Contract will provide for recourse in the event of faulty workmanship or delay.

• Architect and/or builder will handle complex documentation – plans submission, certificates of approval, etc.

• Builder will supervise sub-contractors.

• Building society finance more readily available if project undertaken by professionals.

Disadvantages
• Architect’s fees could (depending how much he is required to do) add about 6% to 11% onto quoted cost of house.

• Builder’s mark-up: the home will be more costly than if constructed by the truly expert do-it-yourself.

• The architect’s fees could be wasted info builder can be found to do the job for the budgeted amount.

Conclusion:
• For the average home-builder, the advantages in terms of Quality, cost and peace of mind far outweigh the disadvantages.

Contracting with a package developer.

Advantages
• Price is usually comparable to and can be lower than a similar house built by an architect and contractor; the package developer’s high mark-up is counter-balanced by savings generated by mass production techniques.

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