Backyard before and after: See how one family turned a pigeon coop into a playhouse
Pigeon Coop Becomes a Playhouse
Christina Schmidhoffer
This pigeon coop, after its conversion to a playhouse.

Architects Geoffrey Holton and Matt Gilroy helped a young family convert a backyard greenhouse and aviary into a kids’ play structure.

“This building had been abandoned long ago, and it was falling to the ground,” says Holton.

But “the structure sits at the end of the lawn. It screens a view of the neighbors’ yards and balances the house. The family wanted a play area for the kids, so it made sense to save it.”

The architects opened up the building by adding a large window, a skylight, and a pair of French doors. Walls and the concrete floor were repaired and cleaned.

Now the children use it as play headquarters.

“It’s great because they can play in the backyard and run in and out of the building,” says the owner. “

We think it’s a building that will grow with us. Later on, we might make it a studio, office, or a guest house.”

DESIGN:  Matthew Gilroy and Geoffrey Holton, Geoffrey Holton and Associates, Oakland (510/663-9797)

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