You may or not remember that last Summer, we found ourselves the very proud owners of a 75 year old tortoise called Speedy!
When we re-homed her, she came with her own house, which was one of those plastic garden storage cabinet things, modified slightly to become a tortoise abode. But it wasn’t the most aesthetically pleasing, or the warmest, or very waterproof…
So we decided to treat her to a new house, and Hubby took it upon himself to make it.
He came up with intricate plans and designs over the winter, and as soon as we knew she had woken up ok, he set to work.
He was donated this old dog kennel as a starting point:
After some sawing, some hammering, a spot of painting, this is Speedy’s new house:
Hubby is keen to point out the following features:
- insulated walls-a work colleague moved into a new house, and found a sheet of insulating material in his back garden (as you do!)
- the floor is lined with the rubber floor stuff that is used in playgrounds-again this was donated by someone who for some reason had some kicking around
- the Perspex window, to provide a conservatory area (the Perspex is one of the few things we had to buy new), which is also where her heat lamp hangs down, so she can stay nice and toasty
- the hinged flap at the back for access to clean her out, that is also insulated with salvaged material
- AND all the extra bits and pieces of wood that were needed were ‘pre-loved’!
Speedy is very pleased with her new house. Don’t ask me how I know this, I just do.
Stay tuned for the next exciting pet home upcycle-hubby is currently in the process of turning a sideboard into a cage for the guinea pigs we recently re-homed 🙂