Dovecote Plans

My dovecote sits happily at the end of my garden and it doesn’t cease to amaze me how it has become the talking point of my home. We recently had a lovely young couple move into our neighbourhood, upon inviting them in for a cup of tea we found ourselves sitting in the garden admiring it for hours.


I built my dovecote a few years ago using a set of DIY dovecote plans I downloaded from the internet. Dovecote plans can be very difficult to find, I searched for hours after visiting a dovecote garden with my wife a few weeks earlier. I started with a set of free DIY plans that I found on google and was sorely disappointed by the poor designs and complicated diagrams.


Many of the newer dovecote designs look nothing like a traditional dovecote and more like cheap bird houses. It became apparent that a single pair of doves wouldn’t stay very long, especially when they start nesting. After a lot of trawling I managed to find an excellent set of DIY dovecote plans on , they were very inexpensive and the finished dovecote design looked delightful.



It was big enough to house 4 pairs of doves and the DIY plans included a tiled roof, which is an intrinsic part of an authentic dovecote , they even included a feeding table. The construction part was very well explained. I hadn’t built anything with my own hands for several years and I was honestly a little worried if I could get back into the swing of things.


The dovecote plans explained everything very well with numerous labelled diagrams and step by step instructions. I finished construction in about 3 days using standard household tools, perhaps I could have finished in a weekend but I spent a while warming to it. The roof was the most demanding part of construction – taking an entire day, but it is defiantly one of the focal features and worth the effort.


I finished my dovecote in a clear varnish for the rustic look, although the dovecote plans explain how to paint and protect the wood. We now have 2 pairs of doves who visit on a daily basis and my wife and I often spend time in the garden enjoying the view from our chairs.


I decided to make a second dovecote for my daughter’s anniversary, she had visited our home a few times and loved it. She actually thought we had purchased it pre-assembled; they were quite shocked when I revealed I had made it myself. I looked around on the internet for a different set of plans so I could give her something unique, £40-£50, and several refund requests later I decided to stick with the original plans.


What I really loved about is the dovecote plans are adaptable for easy modifying and allow for adjusting portions of the dovecote design. I wanted it to look really special and found the templates included in the plans allowed for easy and repeatable modifications. I changed the shape of the dovecotes doorways and feeding table along with the decorative edging on the bottom of the barrel and by then end of everything it only took 2 days!



If you are looking for a good set of DIY dovecote plans I stongly suggest you visit first. I wasted so much time trying other websites and free plans, but honestly I couldn’t have done such an excellent job without them. I even referred the new couple in the neighbourhood to the website and they loved the plans too.


I hope you found this article useful; building my own dovecote following these DIY dovecote plans has brought me years of happiness and rekindled my passion for carpentry. All the best.





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