I didn't set out to build a surrealist chicken coop. The unorthodox angles are the result of the conservative use of salvaged materials, the proximity of the fence and the fact that I was basically making it up as I went along. The building of the hen house I described here. For the run I compared lengths of boards rather than measured for most of the project. I built the door first out of the plywood piece left over from flooring the hen house. The frame for the door I sized to match the height and width of the hen house and then built the crazy modified “A” frame to join them. Then I painted with freecyled paint and stapled on hardware cloth near the ground and poultry netting higher up. By using so many salvaged parts I kept the total cost down to about $150, almost all which was spent on wire.
In 2010 a family of four sold their charming little condo in the increasingly fashionable neighborhood of University Heights. With the money they bought a stripped out house in East San Diego previously owned by human smugglers. Their goal was a radical change in lifestyle that would allow DIY Makerism, self reliance, alternative technology, permaculture, and urban homesteading into their lives in ways their HOA would have never allowed. The ideas that lead them to take this plunge came from the steampunk movement as it was during a brief shining period when art and philosophy seemed at least as important as brass, and great essays, speeches, and letters were written. These days they don't worry so much about what people call "steampunk." They call what they're doing the Greyshade Estate.
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