We struggled with various drafts of this purple
martin house design for years and abandoned it as too complicated. We
attempted to give it an appearance which unfortunately made the dimensions
too complicated. We first made the front walls lean out, which required each
floor to have different dimensions with angled cuts. The front of the rooms
were wider than the backs so that the roof peaks inclined up from the center
to the outside which gave a look we wanted but it created a nightmare of
Since beginning again, the side walls were changed to
parallel. The roof peaks retained an incline up from the center to the
outside which means the top of the walls must also be inclined and the roof
can not be made of simple rectangles. Still, it's not as complicated as
previously. It's doable and looks nice.
The four front walls still lean out requiring each
floor to have different dimensions. The problem with the angled cuts was
solved by making a front wall which slides in between sidewalls and attaches
at the top and bottom independent of the floor and sidewalls and therefore
doesn't need an exact or angled fit.
We really like the easily removed and replaced front wall. Front walls
are inserted by tipping the tops inside between the side walls and slipping them up behind facial roof
rafters, which raises the bottom of the front wall just above the bottom
floor. The bottom of the front wall can then be slid back into the house
between the side walls and dropped down into a slot in the floor only enough
so that the top remains behind the facial roof joist. Easily removed and
easily replaced. And secure. We don't think anything short of extraordinary
could lift the front face up and out.
When the front wall is removed, all four rooms in one
column are completely open for easy cleaning. There are no hinges,
fasteners, and no front lip or protruding edges to hinder scraping dirt off
from the room walls, floors or ceiling. Easy access and easy cleaning.
Wind. This design has a rather large profile with it's
roof, although maybe not much more, if at all, than some similar 4 sectioned
designs, there will be places, windy places that this design is not suited