Friday, 10 January 2014

Where Wendy thinks she's a carpenter...

... or rather a carpenter's assistant.  

I may have mentioned once or twice that I have 4 lovely bunnies at home.  They live in two pairs in two hutch/run combinations bought from Pets At Home.  Colin and Ellis's hutch was literally falling apart and I wanted all 4 to have more space.  Cue two playhouses from B&Q and one husband who's a trained joiner/draftsman... 



Boxing day saw me holding and passing and carrying.  I did a bit of hammering too.



New Year's Day saw me drilling (first time ever!), screwing (screws into wood, minds out of gutters ladies), sawing, sanding and hinging.  Yes, hinging is a real word.



The playhouses are 4' x 4' and 4' high, so we added an extra floor.  We also had to cut the holes for the mesh window and for constant access to the run.  The whole thing is on a timber raft to keep it off the floor and level it out in our slopey garden. 



The lids to the run lift off for easy access (for me, not the buns!)



They have a sleeping area with space to sit on top as bunnies like to do.  The panel at the front lifts out so I can reach in to clean them out.  The hammer won't be staying.  



Mr CA also built them each a staircase!  Tiff is getting fat and they're all getting old and I worried they wouldn't be able to manage a ramp for much longer.


Want to see them in-situ?




We brought the buns home from my parents' where they'd been staying for the weekend whilst we sorted out the hutches.  They were understandably quite nervous at first.



After a short while, Tiff and Harry were running up and down the stairs, crossing each other on the way.





Ellis sat upstairs for a long time before venturing back down.


Photo above is of a contented Tiff, Ellis wouldn't have her photo taken!


Colin... well, Colin was angry.  And scared.  And confused.  He's still angry with me now and keeps thumping his back feet at me.  Poor Colin in his great big house with his new toys and a floor that doesn't stink of wee (yet!) !



Poooooor Colin!

23 comments:

Celtic Thistle said...

Bunny palaces! Hope Colin comes round to the idea of his palatial new home soon.

Kristy @ Quiet Play said...

Those are some impressive bunny homes (or palaces like Fiona said!). Hopefully Colin comes round soon! ;)

Maria said...

Those bunnies should be as pleased as punch. They're living in the lap of luxury only thing the don't have is central heating. LOLL

Pam @Threading My Way said...

Mansions for bunnies. I'm sure Colin will get used to all the room in no time at all.

heart of charnwood said...

Fabulous, now those are some pampered bunnies!

ukcitycrafter said...

Lucky,lucky bunnies and clever, clever husband (ably assisted by the wonderful Wendy of course!)

pennydog said...

I love Colin. Bless his stubborn heart.
I love the stairs.
I want to live there.

Sandra :) said...

Bunny palaces - I love it! It's great that the buns are back home from the grandparents - they'll be spoiled rotten in their new not-so-humble abode :)

JoJo said...

Those are the nicest bunny hutches I've ever seen! And the buns are adorable, even if Colin is mad!!!

SuperMomNoCape said...

WOW... those are great looking bunny homes. Hopefully Colin will settle in soon.

Createology said...

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Kate said...

Lucky bunnies to have such a beautiful home!!!

CeLynn said...

It sounds like Colin is not a bunny who likes changes,but he is sure to come round sooner or later! How could he not,with such a fab new bunny mansion? Great job on all the carpentry.

Melody said...

They are bunny mansions. Well done on giving them such fabulous new home.

margaret said...

what a lovely new home for your bunnies, I am sure they will settle in and be very happy in their high class abode, lucky bunnies

Jane Galley said...

These are great! We'll have to get you up here to make something for our hens, lol

Susan Hook said...

Lucky bunnies and well done in doing such a good job with there new home!

Star speckles said...

Those bunnies are very lucky - these must be the penthouses of the bunny world!!! Poor Colin - he'll get used to it ;)

Anita said...

Hey clever girl!! Those bunnies are now living in the Taj Ma Bunny house!! That's super.
Cheers, Anita.

Anna said...

Jolie maison...
Bises
Anna

Samantha said...

I had no idea your darling husband was a carpenter....does he take on really large projects including waterproof outdoor buildings with a patio on top? ;)

Jillayne said...

Yay you!! How fun, and how cool are these hutches...
Your rabbits are so cute Wendy, and such good sports - well, perhaps not Colin so much - has he come around yet?

SIMPLESEW said...

Stopping by from New to Me in January, I want a bunny cage like this. I am getting me a bunny this spring. I love animals.