Birdhouse vent box
I often remodel or add on to older wood-clapboard houses. When I’m faced with unsightly holes in the walls, such as the dryer vent pictured here, I offer to conceal them with this simple bit of craftsmanship. The “birdhouse” is made from scrap clapboards and trim stock, takes little time to fabricate, and really impresses clients.
I position it so that the roof nestles directly under a clapboard or flash it with a thin strip of copper if needed, then size the box to allow the vent flap to open, or whatever else I’m covering to function. The sides are trim stock, 5/4 cedar in this case, scribed to the profile of the clapboards. The roof is a clapboard sized appropriately, and the front is clapboards with half the reveal of the wall they’re mounted on. Hidden cedar cleats are used for attachment.
These boxes not only solve little problems but also are a lot of fun to build.
Ed Weber, Locustville, VA
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