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Pigeon coop becomes a playhouse
Christina Schmidhoffer

Pigeon coop becomes a playhouse

Once this small building was literally for the birds. It was a pigeon coop, abandoned long ago, and it was falling to the ground.

But it had some good points. It sat at the end of the lawn and screened a view of the neighbors’ yards. The family wanted a play area for the kids, so it made sense to save it.

Now there’s room to relax on a daybed with a book, draw on a chalkboard, or play at a kidsize table. Later the family may turn it into a studio, office, or guest house.

See the before and after


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