Here are my latest drawings for the mew/ weathering building I will be starting in the next month or so. This design is made to be able to be moved in the event I decide to sell my house and move in the next couple of years. The area to the right will be my work room (scale, freezer, act.) it will have a ply wood floor. The middle area will be the mew area and it will have a pea gravel floor. Lastly the section on the left will be the weathering pen; it will have a sod floor for easy mute clean-up (just spray it down with the water hose. Half of the weathering pen will be covered with a roof and the other half will have metal conduit, along with conduit on the sides. The whole building is portable because I will build it on 4x6 wood skids. All you need is a roll off trailer, just pull it up on the trailer and off you go. The over-all size of the building is 12'x 28'(10’x12’ work room, 10'x12' mew, 8'x12' weathering). I have a 12'x24' workshop that is built the same way that I got from company close to where I live and they pulled up with it on a trailer, and rolled it right off the back of the trailer with the use of a tilt bed on the trailer. If any one can see any flaws in my design please comment.
looks like a park model mobile home that I used to build a few years ago. Nice concept getting on to a trailer might be a challange but hey that assuming you've never done that before. What kind of surface will you put under the sod and pea gravel? And have you given any thought to how you'll connect the electrical. A little fore thought there can save some money.
Has anyone built that thing? A mews that you can take with you seems like an awesome idea.
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All you need is a roll off trailer, just pull it up on the trailer and off you go.
Is there a reason to take it off the trailer? I know a woman falconer who built her mews permanently on a car-sized trailer she'd bought for cheap. She'd pull it behind her truck if/when she moved to another place, and then park it in her yard - ready to use. Just a thought.
How about because having a trailer in my yard looks like crap? JMO ;-)
She did a great job making it attractive... window treatments like attached flower boxes and shudders, accent-painted walls and trim. She surrounded the trailer with vinyl lattice to hide the railings and wheels. You couldn't tell the mews was on a trailer. It was cute.
There might be some local ordinances or subdivision rules about trailers on property one might need to consider. Like I said, just an idea.
I wish I had the kind of backyard access that would be necessary for that kind of mews, as it stands I only have 4' of access on one side of the house. I am building my new mews now and it's going to be costly as hell thanks to that fact and the HOA's restrictions on what it has to look like.