...Jay C. White Cloud...Thanks, bud. Yeah, I'm hoping I heal up, in time. I could have been much worse-off than I am...You served me a bit of bitter medicine which I was half hoping for, and half dreading, but definitely needed. I just need to get it done. To be perfectly honest, I came looking for plans because I didn't want to have to ask people I know. Its just stubborn pride. ...
First, you are more than welcome. I would literally not be alive if it wasn't for the friends (new and old) and family that gathered around me when I was injured.
As to "stubborn pride"...well???...if your a "woodworker" you are, to one degree or another, driven to create with your hands. That alone tends to be inherent to people with independent personalities. So, your desire not to..."ask people,"...you know is perfectly natural. I would suggest, its also probably a good thing for you psyche. I (we here on the forum) have no vested interest in placating you or giving you the answers you may want, but rather (by the circumstances alone) giving you the solutions you probably can use best...
... I know how to build it. I know the steps. I can build it all in my head, minus measurements. But when I think about certain measurements and angles that would normally be second-nature to me - no different than tying my shoes - there is a big blank-spot in my head. Incredibly frustrating...
That is very typical Jack, and in the beginning it can be very frustrating to be sure. However, we don't yet know "what gifts" may also come with this TBI? Most of us just learn to reconfigure our lives, while some actually gain certain abilities they never had before, like music, art, mathematics, or less tangible aspects like higher emotional cognition.
Again, your frustration is to be expected, but try to let it go and put it to the side within your mind. Focus soul on the task before you and little to nothing else. That "blank-spot" will become much smaller as you retrain you mind.
...Im sure I could wing-it and get it done, maybe not perfect, but structurally sound. My only fear is wasting money on lumber from my flubs. Though, this might be... no, it is... something of an excuse. Hooo boy. Alright. I'll eyeball it and get it done...
If this is something that would cost thousands, then I could understand a strong reservation to not wanting to "waste time and money," with such errors. However, you have now come to a place like this forum. With this support you have a network for not only organizational aspects of the project's process, but a broad "sounding board" to specifics details as well. This then augments your own thinking, and just leaves you to the task of "building" the project...with patients, and focus...for not only the project its self...but you too!!!
...By the way. I'm building a new duck-coop. I know it might seem a little silly making this much fuss over something as small as a coop, but this is something of a challenge I've been putting off for months. ...
Well, that isn't silly at all...!!!
I work professionally as a Designer, Timberwright and Traditional woodworker. The shop I work in (and its owner) is also a traditional farmer. Part of the reason we work together is our "outside interests," one being sustainable agriculture, and traditional living.
Ducks (most likely Indian Runners for the eggs, and some Muscovy and Geese for meat) will be gotten this year for the farms production augmentation of meat chicken, turkey and pig.
Helping you with a design of a Duck Coop is awesome and something that we (and others) could possibly use!!!
... Basically, this is what I am thinking.
A-frame, 8-feet equal on each side and bottom of the triangle. 12 feet deep. 2x4 frame, quarter-inch ply sheathing. All pressure-treated. Why? I'm gonna seal it with roof-cement and bury it. :D
The idea of making a hobbit-hole for my ducks got me excited to build something again, so I latched onto it.
The front and back will be exposed from the hill, with doors on each end so bedding can be shoved out the other end. I'm thinking of laying down linoleum on the floor for easy washing, and adding a drain to the bottom.
Im making it so tall because it kills my wife's back to bend over to get into our current coop, which is also getting old ...
I like the general concept very much. I even know of several traditional vernacular buildings for animals like this...
I do have some concerns about the load on the roof from the back fill, durability of materials over time as I don't believe it would last much longer than a few years before structural comprise would start to take place within the roof/wall diaphragm of the structure? These concerns and others can all be addressed though (I think) and still not change too much the design and goal for a very exciting project!!!
I got myself a cup of coffee and blew out a quick model for you to see and consider. (See image below) I am also wondering if you have a piece of equipment that will excavate the bank you intend on placing the Coop...or...do you plan on digging it by hand?