Birdhouses are one of the most interesting things in your garden. They provide shelter from windy weather, protect plants from sun rays, and give birds a place to live during winter months. However, they are not cheap to build or maintain. If you want to make sure that your birdhouse will last for years, it’s best if you take some precautions before purchasing them.
In order to save money, you need to consider several factors when choosing a suitable birdhouse:
Size and shape of the building (size, shape, materials) Materials used in construction Cost of maintenance Maintenance cost per year Maintenance cost over time Building material used Construction method (for example: wood frame vs. concrete slab) Number of occupants Number of children Occupants’ age Range of occupant(s) Size and shape of bedding Material used for flooring Materials used for furniture Materials used for decorations Lighting requirements (including electricity)
The size and shape of the building matter a lot. You should choose a structure that fits into your space, but still allows you to enjoy the beauty around you. The size and shape of a birdhouse also affects the type of materials you should use.
It is not cost effective to build a large house from costly hardwoods if you’re building a tiny bungalow.
It’s also important to think about the maintenance cost. The higher the upkeep cost, the more you have to spend. Most people tend to forget about cleaning and maintaining their houses, which can affect resale and home value.
If you want to keep the upkeep cost as low as possible, you may want to use cheaper materials that are easier to replace or clean.
You also have to think about the time and effort it’ll take to maintain the house.
If you are keeping the house clean and mowed around it, are you willing to spend your weekends doing so?
It’s also important to remember that some birds, like pigeons, can dirty their houses very quickly. It might be best to put the birdhouse in an area that you can easily clean.
The maintenance cost over time is also something to keep in mind. Over a certain period of time, some materials can cost more than others. If you want to keep your costs low and steady, it is best to choose building materials that will not drastically change in price or go up significantly.
It’s also important to think about how long you will have this house before you need to replace it. If you are building a birdhouse for a specific type of bird that only lives in that region for a few months out of the year, you shouldn’t spend a fortune on building materials.
When it comes to choosing between wood and metal, it really just depends on what you want to build. Both have advantages and disadvantages. Wood is relatively cheap and easy to come by, so long as you keep it away from extreme heat or water.
It is also easier to carve and work with. However, it can be susceptible to rot and decay, as well as infestation from termites and other insects. Wood is heavier than metal, so keep that in mind when building larger structures.
Metal is cheaper to get in the long run if you’re looking for something long lasting. It doesn’t rot or decay, and it can’t be eaten through by bugs. Although metal is much lighter, it’s a bit harder to work with and more expensive.
You’ll also need to keep it away from any sort of moisture as it can rust very quickly. You’ll also need the right tools to work with metal.
When it comes to building with wood, you need to decide what type of wood you want to use for the job. There are many different types of wood to choose from, so pick one that will best fit your needs. Different types of wood have different properties.
For instance, some types are more elastic while others are harder to work with. Some types of wood are also more resilient to water, while others can’t be exposed to water at all or they’ll become rotten.
While wood may be plentiful in certain areas, you still have to think about the type of environment the house will be in.
Sources & references used in this article:
The complete book of birdhouse construction for woodworkers by L Garisto – 1992 – HarperCollins Publishers
Bird house with deployable fledging board by L Stokes, D Stokes – 2009 – Little, Brown
Rustic Garden Furniture & Accessories: Making Chairs, Planters, Birdhouses, Gates & More by SD Campbell – 1984 – books.google.com