This Couple Built the Chicken Coop of Our Dreams and It's So Charming

Here's how you can build one of your own.

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Brooke and Steve Giannetti

Brooke and Steve Giannetti, designers and authors of Patina Farm, built a henhouse worth clucking about.

Follow Brooke's tips below to build your own coop that's just like the Giannettis'.

Choose Your Materials

Because of its all-weather durability, the couple chose cedar wood for the structure. Cedar is naturally resistant to rot and insect damage and won’t warp when exposed to moisture.

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"Utility comes first, but I like to use natural materials, not plastics, to keep things pretty, like wood nesting boxes, wood roosting poles, and a galvanized roof," Brooke said.

They also chose Hanley Gold gravel, also called , for the warmer tones and resemblance to granite.

how to build a chicken coop
Brooke and Steve Giannetti

Keep It Consistent

The grapevine-covered coop and adjacent greenhouse reflect the classical proportions found in the other buildings Steve designed on their Ojai, CA, farm. See his early sketches .

Try this idea: "We built the coop beside the vegetable garden, where we grow tomatoes and zucchini, so I can enjoy the beauty of the coop as I work."

how to build a chicken coop
Brooke and Steve Giannetti
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Lay the Groundwork

Brooke sprinkled the Hanley Gold gravel with diatomaceous earth, a natural powder that keeps the coop dry and pest-free.

Try this idea: We thought the chickens would use the roosting poles we placed, but they actually sleep on top of the nesting box at the highest point in the coop.

how to build a chicken coop
Brooke and Steve Giannetti
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Plant The Seeds

Low-maintenance edible ground cover, like rosemary and sage, adds a layer of landscaping to the surrounding area.

Try this idea: We made sure our chickens would have plenty of room to roam, with a 40-foot run behind the coop and two acres of free range space when we’re at home.

how to build a chicken coop
Brooke and Steve Giannetti
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