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    At the suggestion of orangediva, I thought I might document the building/modifying/sprucing up of my outdoor bun accommodation! I feel I should preface this by admitting practically 0 DIY knowledge, but a morbid curiosity and willingness to give it a go. I've also attempted 4 different image-hosting sites since Photobucket gave up the ghost, and haven't got along with any of them - there will be teething issues all round, I'm afraid.

    If you've seen any of my other thread, you'll know my End Goal is to bond my 3 boys (William, Jack and Henry) into a harmonious, outdoor trio. Bonding chatter will be on a separate thread, this diary is Housing-based progress only!

    Brothers William and Jack currently live outside, Henry is in my spare room which I want back! I have a budget of 350 for this whole project.


    First up: a very rough aerial sketch of the outdoor area I have to work with.
    It is a poured concrete area, of about 12ft x 16ft, bordered by the wall of my outhouse (left), neighbours fence (top), drops down to a flowerbed (right), and my path (bottom). The area must've been laid in 2 halves, because the left half is lovely and smooth, with a slight gradient, and the right half is cracked and uneven, and so unsuitable for any runs to sit on top of. The area is south-facing, with the left side getting the most sunlight.



    I went round and round over housing options in my previous housing thread, which I won't rehash here - the decision I've made is to suit mine and the bun's needs best.

    This is how the area currently looks, with William and Jack's hutches/runs side by side:



    I'm going to be joining the two runs together, adding height to them both to make them approx 3.5ft tall, and adding a playhouse as a new living space -



    If the dimensions allow, I'm also thinking of keeping the hutches attached for extra square footage. However, this is dependent on how clean they can be scrubbed so as to minimise bond-drama. The hutches also need a LOT of TLC, and I'm doubtful of my skills to fix them properly. Either way, I'm envisioning something like this -



    So; I ordered the playhouse yesterday, which will take-up to 10 days for delivery. I also took advantage of the 3 for 2 offer that Homebase have on Cuprinol at the mo and bought the paint I wanted Of course it'll take a while to get to that point!

    Next tasks to do:
    • repair a roof panel on Jack's run - needs to be replaced with new mesh
    • deep clean both William & Jack's runs and dry thoroughly
    • paint both runs
    • buy mesh for playhouse windows
    • buy flooring for playhouse
    • think about playhouse interior - more on this later


    Well, that's what I've got so far! I'll be updating this regularly, and I promise to get pics of the buns in question too!

    p.s. I also give orangediva permission to use any of the text/photos I post on this diary thread for her blog!

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    This is really exciting! I’ll be following your thread avidly (as anyone planning a project is likely to do as well!) and will be delighted to use it on my site - just what I’m looking for - so thanks so much for giving me permission

    Looking forward also to piccies of the boys who will be moving in to this 4 star property!!

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    Ooh, exciting I love housing progress reports

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    This is really interesting.

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    Have you got any plans for an inner mesh door for the playhouse at all? I'm starting to think of designs for my own set up this year and that's one of the things I'm stuck on; need easy access so which way to get it to open, stop hooligans from escaping and also be secure enough to just have the mesh door as a main door if the weather is too hot.

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    Quote Originally Posted by HouseOfRabbit View Post
    Have you got any plans for an inner mesh door for the playhouse at all? I'm starting to think of designs for my own set up this year and that's one of the things I'm stuck on; need easy access so which way to get it to open, stop hooligans from escaping and also be secure enough to just have the mesh door as a main door if the weather is too hot.
    I think a secure inner mesh door is a really good idea, I’m having one on my shed conversion and on the MPH bothies I have on order - I’ve had bunnies living in a shed before and they can get pretty hot in really warm weather. My MPH sheds have a fixed step over barrier to stop bunnies escaping but I haven’t ordered on that on my shed conversion which might be a mistake.

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    Thanks for the encouragement everyone!

    After buying the playhouse, paint, and some hardware, I have just over 100 left of my budget. I'll be picking up some more supplies on Sunday, and hopefully starting to clean and prep the runs/hutches, if the weather holds!

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    Fingers crossed the weather holds for you. What paint did you go for? Probably not the most important question but I do love a good colour scheme!

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    I love a good colour scheme too Orangediva.

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    I am excited about the colour scheme! I went for Cuprinol’s Seagrass and Country Cream - I already have a planter and some pots in Seagrass, (it’s a lovely, summery, unobtrusive colour). With Country Cream accents and interiors, it should look very smart!

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