This website designed by Aine Slabaugh, 2006-2018.  If you have questions, or are interested  in having a site developed, please contact me.
the bridge over the river & into our nook


in the nook farm
proprietors Tony & Aine Slabaugh
Along the way, folks have asked us about some of our building projects.  In the photo descriptions, there are more details.

Coops & Snugs

chicken ark made with wood and chicken wire at first. Note: chicken wire DOES NOT stand up to predator teeth.  Use hardware cloth. A frame with roosting pole, sides flap open to collect eggs.

Poulet Chalet located in the garden.  A log building with windows that open on each end.  This structure is in the process of being repurposed as a garden getaway.  For the time being, it's hay storage.

Apple Snug for sheep made out of pallets with a metal roof & gutter to collect rainwater for watering sheep.

Apple snug made from pallets with a pallet door.

Bramble snug under construction.  Made with pallets and finished with cedar shakes.  This snug is tall enough to stand in.

Bramble Snug completed. The roof is metal and sloped to collect rainwater in the gutter that goes into the watering trough.  Definitely recommend you make structures high enough to stand in.
Wee Cottage- Our home started out as a garage which we converted into a small cottage.  A non-moving tiny house (before they were so popular).  In time, more space was needed, especially when one of us had a cold, or we had visitors.  I'm convinced that small living is fantastic, just not that small!  Our cottage went from about 300 sq. ft.to about 750 sq.ft.  We still hope to build another cottage up the hill- in the nook.

Our cottage before construction was a small garage approximately 14x 21'.  We gutted everything, leaving studs and the roof so we could insulate and turn it in a house.

We kept the roof, but the stripped the walls open to add insulation, etc. Quickly we realized a mudroom was essential, as well as a laundry room.

What a difference the mudroom has made!  Juggling groceries, doggies on leashes, a place to keep chickens (?!)... and muddy boots!
Construction of the addition which includes a downstairs master bedroom and bath and upstairs loft for guests and office/art area.  In each of the projects we've done, we always try to incorporate at least one stained glass window.
We have 2 projects currently under construction: an earth berm barn and an aquapini, which will be an underground aquaponics and greenhouse area, though at the moment it's a big hole in the ground.