Extreme Birdhouse .

3 Materials
2 Weeks
This is a 9 1/2 foot Extreme Birdhouse I just recently built . It has over 60 rooms , 2 roof top pools and several balconies . It will be mounted 9 feet in the air on a single post .
I start by ripping lots and lots of 1 inch logs using 1x8 or 1x6 wide cedar boards . Then I turn the blade on a 45 degree angle and bevel the two outside edges off each stick . Each piece goes through the table saw 3 times to get the log profile then cut each end 2 or 3 times . Most of the time I cut them by eye so sometimes they get a extra cut . Once I get all the logs cut .I draw a layout on a piece of plywood of the floor plan of the house .
I have no plans for this so I just start drawing out a plan with no idea of how it will look until the house is done . :-) I nail the first row of logs down to the plywood to make sure everything stays square .
Once the first row is nailed done then it is just a matter of laying logs and figuring out where you want your doors and windows . All of the windows and doors are 3 inches wide . I started this birdhouse in my house so I built as much as I could then moved it outside before I got too big to fit out the door :-)
I design the house as I am building so I have to think pretty fast . The main thing about building these houses is keeping an eye on the walls as they get higher .It is very easy for the walls to take off on you and end up out of square or running on a angle .
Sometimes I use objects such as this portable heater to determine the shape I am looking for . It saves me from building something and not liking it . If I like the shape then I will build it to match . Everything I do is off the top of my head so I never know how its going to look until later .
Once the main roof lines are done then it is just a matter of filling in the rest of the roof .
A lot of times I just set things in place to see how it looks , if I like it then it gets nailed into place .It saves a lot of time when you don't have to rip it apart :-). I also framed in two rooftop pools on the top of the house .
Once I get the main structure built and all of the windows and doors drilled I start adding the inside walls .The walls are all notched and interlocking .They are not nailed in .The walls and floors are all removable for cleaning if ever need be . The birds I get stay in them all year round and they take care of their nesting themselves . They pull out the old stuff and add new nesting all the time . The birds also nest in pairs and both take care of the babies .
I build the base after all the inside walls are complete . This base weighs about 200 pounds using 2x10 inch cedar .
All of the roofing steel is cut using a circular saw , then I file all the edges off using a bench top grinder . I buy the steel sheets in bone white then paint them all to whatever color I decide to go with . Red seems to be the most popular color . I also paint the steel lying flat so it helps prevent runs in the paint .
I use rooled roofing for the pools .It is good for 25 years , The roof material is called Barn master steel , it is rated for 45 years .All of the railings are done with 3/8 " solid steel then painted black . All of the seams are caulked with 25 year caulking .
Here are a few finished pictures when I am done :-)
The hardest part of this job is deciding where I am going to put it :-)

Suggested materials:

  • White Cedar   (Amish Sawmill)
  • Barn Master Steel   (local lumberyard)
  • Tremclad Exterior Paint   (local lumberyard)

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  • Melody Melody on Aug 15, 2017
    Wonderful! But why wouldn't you know where you were going to put this? That would be the first thing you would know...if not, whats the point?

  • Dee Dee on Aug 21, 2017
    John, these are works of art! Is that a bird house over you swing? Absolutely stunning!

  • Judy Judy on Sep 24, 2017
    wow! Where can I buy your bird houses?


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  • Kaye Kaye on Apr 22, 2018

    Great write up - excellent work. Please let me know if you sell..

  • Brenda Simpson Brenda Simpson on Jul 30, 2018

    I just admired your arbor and now this!!! What an outstanding way to provide safe housing for wild birds and then get to enjoy them living in your beautiful birdhouse!