We Made This: Our DIY Chicken Coop Roofing Project

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So, I think you all know by now that the Bowmans tend to get, shall we say, obsessive about our projects.

We’re projects people. You have read about our crazy birthday parties, Cassidy’s amazing vertical pallet strawberry garden, Des’ garden racetrack, and Scarlet’s fairy garden. You have seen how immersed I get with my work projects. We’re immersed people. We’re planning people. We’re DIY people. And apparently, we’re chicken people. I will tell you that during EVERY winter of the last five years at this house, we have asked ourselves, “Is this THE year we get chickens?”

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And then, you know what? 2017 was the year. We decided it fairly recently, in fact.

We ALWAYS have grand ideas about beautifying our backyard, but this one was significant. We have four acres and big dreams. We have wanted this for so long, and while it hasn’t been without hiccups, I was pleasantly surprised at the parts that were easy. The dreaming was easy, but the planning was more complex. The foundation was also more complex, but the roofing was actually easy! We kept each other in check on the ground level, and kept each other safe on the roof level – standing on stable ladders instead of on top of the chicken coop – and we put down the roofing slowly and surely.

The experience was rocky in the beginning. There was such uncertainty with building a chicken coop. How many chickens to start with? Will they survive the initial 72 hours? How can we keep them safe? How can we make their home beautiful? Why is the weather so crazy when we’re trying to build? And, where do we begin? The building itself didn’t take long, after doing a lot of research, planning, and taking trips to Lowe’s! It’s always nice to have help from the employees and our kids!

This has been a true act of labor and love. Oh boy, no one prepared me! The baby chick turnover was hard to fathom at first. The constant vigilance – like when one learned to fly out of our little heated pool and we couldn’t find her for 20 minutes! We have 11 chicks right now, and I’d love for it to stay at 11 – and THIS 11. They are not ready to lay eggs yet, but the older six are just about ready to.. fly the coop. Or rather, NOT fly the coop, but live in it! We are all ready!

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We call our coop our “Chicken Palace.” Yes, it’s bigger than we set out to make. I’ve certainly seen bigger ones, but they’re mostly longer. Ours is meant to have a perch. They will be quite cozy in their coop! I know it looks big, but it wasn’t hard or time-consuming to make. Here are some of the most basic steps we took to build our amazing chicken palace coop:

1 – Do your research like crazy. Buy books. Read the Internet. Hire a chicken consultant to come over like we did!

2 – Draw up plans. Plan for safety and comfort, and also of ease of project. It’s not a complicated one!

3 – Plan the number of chickens and what breeds beforehand. We chose all cold-hardy chickens so we don’t have to heat the coop.

4 – Measure, measure, measure everything before your trip to Lowe’s.

5 – Factor in a perch area, nesting boxes, proper ventilation, insulation, accessibility (windows, locks, doors, gates, screens, etc.).

6 – Start building the foundation.

7 – Calculate the square footage of the structure you’ll be roofing before visiting Lowe’s.

8 – Visit the Roofing Aisle at Lowe’s located at the far end of the store.

9 – Gather EVERYTHING you need.

10 – Get to work!

The real fun is HOW we did our chicken coop roof!

Here’s what we used for our chicken coop roof:

FeltBuster® High Traction Synthetic Roofing Felt
Pro-Start™ Starter Strip Shingles
Timberline HD® Shingles in Barkwood
Timberline® Shingles
TimberTex® Premium Ridge Cap Shingles (for a pitched roof)
Seal-A-Ridge® Protective Ridge Cap Shingles (for a pitched roof)
Nails: 1 ¼” galvanized steel roofing nails
Nails: 1” – 1 ¼” round plastic cap roofing nail
Drip Edge: Aluminum or Metal 8’ – 10’ piece
Hammer
Nail Gun (for some of the roof, our skilled friend used a nail gun)
Tape Measure
Gloves
At least 2 Ladders (safety first!!)

Now, you might be asking why we chose GAF Roofing? There are a few reasons we wanted GAF to be part of this amazing backyard experience of doing our own roofing! For one, Timberline is the best-selling shingle in North America – made with proprietary, granular technology. It looks good (great, in fact) and is EXTREMELY durable. Simple to install and durable??

That is so important for our chickens! We’re doing the best of the best.

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GAF is thought of as a professional product – used by contractors – but can be used by the average DIYer. Although personally I would call Cassidy above and beyond the average DIYer, wouldn’t you? He is amazing with details and planning.

Another reason we chose GAF Roofing is that it made us aware of how easy it is to do our own roofing. We have loads of projects on the back burner, and hopefully you’ll check in here to see the other creations we will make.

This is what our roof looked like before:

Step 1 – Install an aluminum or metal Drip Edge around the perimeter of the roof to help prevent water infiltration. This also increases wind resistance. Apply it directly to roof and place underlayment over drip edge. Nail down.

This is one instance in which we used a nail gun, but recommend using nails/hammer instead.

Step 2 – Roll the FeltBuster® High Traction Synthetic Roofing Felt onto your roof surface. We were lucky it wasn’t a windy day when we put ours down. Use the 1″ plastic cap roofing nails to hold it in place.

Step 3 – Time for Pro-Start™ Starter Strip Shingles. These shingles are starter shingles, and while they won’t be seen, they cover the roof to allow for proper run-off. The directions are right on the package.

Step 4 – Shingles. Timberline HD® Shingles in Barkwood. Our roof measured 150 square feet, so we needed quite a few bundles. (each one covers 33.33 square feet) Place the first row of shingles on top of the starter shingles, but make sure the seams are not at the same place, and are at least a 4″ difference apart.

Step 5 – Continue installing shingles in each row. GAF shows you where to mark your nails on the shingles. Super helpful! We placed our shingles from low to high, and this is why we had several ladders.

Step 6 – Once you are down with the shingles, use the TimberTex® Premium Ridge Cap Shingles and Seal-A-Ridge® Protective Ridge Cap Shingles for a pitched roof.

If you want more information about the GAF Warranty, please click here.

I want to hear from YOU! Have you ever installed your own roofing? What kind of project would you use GAF Roofing for?

Stay tuned for an update with the chickens in the coop!

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Your Ultimate Acne Survival Kit – Actions and Items

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Today I’m going to talk about something I rarely talk about, but it’s ALWAYS on my mind.

I’m going to talk about acne. I didn’t suffer from acne during my tween and teen years, except for the occasional pimple during stressful times. I definitely touch my face often, especially because I’m really good at staying in one place for a long period of time. These days I read, edit photos, and write for hours and hours. Back then, I read and studied constantly.

Still, I was pretty lucky for a long time.

Then things changed in my late 20s. As many of my readers know, I had a long distance relationship with a man in California, and I knew I had to move 3,000 miles to be with him. It was a life dream I’d always had, but I left behind everyone and everything I really knew. I had a great group of friends, a big and loving family, a steady paycheck, a clean townhouse, and a reliable car. I had everything! Still, there was a part of me that always yearned for something more – outside of New Jersey, outside of an office job, and beyond my wildest expectations. I planned my move for six months, and then it was time to fly.

After a few months of being in California, I had that beautiful sea air that I craved, and the crisp water we got from Lake Tahoe was feeling so good, but then the breakouts started. I’ll never know exactly what caused the first one – change, stress, etc. – but it became a series of breakouts. It was debilitating to me at that time. I was engaged to be married, and it was my birthday that July. I went to get my eyebrows threaded, and the salon attendant looked at my face, shook her head, and asked, “What happened here?” I paid her, talked to her husband for a bit about stress, and then went into my car to cry.

I never went back there again.

I used to hide my face when talking with friends and especially when meeting new people. I tried makeup, which is something I never used on my skin – only on my eyelashes and lips – but you could see the acne right through it. So I did what I do when I get stressed, scared, and inspired to make a change. I researched. I thought about what was going into my body and on my face every day. I thought about changes in my stress levels and what worked for other people. I talked to everyone who would listen! Finally, I made my own little Ultimate Acne Survival Kit, which grew to be comprised of products and actions, and can also be used for both home and travel. Are you ready to find out what I use for clear and radiant skin?

Your Ultimate Acne Survival Kit – Actions & Items:

1 – Differin® Gel. As the newest advancement and ingredient in the OTC acne category in over 30 years, Differin® Gel is the first and only prescription strength retinoid now available over the counter for clearing and preventing acne. Differin® Gel clears breakouts where they start, deep in the pores, and prevents future breakouts before they begin. This results in a restoration of your skin’s texture and tone. It’s what I was waiting for! NEW! Differin® Gel could clear acne with the power of Rx!

Perhaps you go to Target as much as I do? Find it in this special aisle of the pharmacy:

To get the best results with Differin® Gel, apply a thin layer all over your face, once a day, and every day. It’s important to continue using it as part of your skincare routine, even after your skin looks clear, to help prevent future breakouts. It contains the multi-benefit, dermatologist-recommended retinoid – Adapalene and is now available without prescription. Please use caution when using Differin® Gel with more than one acne treatment or glycolic acid product because this could lead to irritation.

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2 – Cetaphil® Daily Facial Cleanser. I incorporate it into my skincare routine to gently cleanse skin.

3 – Limit sun exposure. This surprised me at first, because I thought the sun would make my acne hide better, but it made it worse! The sun can cause post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation – dark discoloration. Limit your time in the sun between 10:00am and 2:00pm, wear protective clothing, and use Cetaphil® Daily Facial Moisturizer SPF 15.

4 – Moisturize! See #3 for a wonderful product recommendation. With that in mind, limit touching your face!

5 – Rethink your products. That can be hard, but keep them in mind. Focus not only on cosmetics which go directly on your face, but be smart about gentle hair products! Fragrances, oils, and gels can get from your hair to your skin, and block your pores. Oil from your hair can get to your face too, so wash your hair often.

6 – Feed your body, feed your face. It’s true. A cleaner inside helps with a clearer outside. Personally, I love to put lemon in my water – dentist-allowing – but I also put lemon juice on my face as part of my skincare routine. I apply with cotton balls, and it acts as an astringent.

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7 – Water, of course! Take your bottle everywhere you go.

8 – Exercise. This is good for you inside and out, but make sure to shower after – to avoid skin irritation.

9 – Think about all the things that touch your face and clean them regularly. This could be your phone and your pillow case. Wash your pillow cases weekly, and make sure to use a laundry detergent that is gentle on your skin!

10 – De-stress. Only you know the exact answer to this, but find the best who, what, where, when, why, and how.

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Now I want to hear from you! What gets you most excited about NEW Differin® Gel.

*I’ll be back to share my personal results in eight weeks! I’m hopeful this can help my breakouts.

This product is dermatologist developed and tested. Please call 1-866-735-4137 for any questions you may have concerning the product. However, should you experience any problems while using the product, please discontinue use and consult your healthcare provider.