Reinventing the Chicken Coop By Kevin McElroy, Matthew Wolpe. Build a stylishly modern home for your poultry. Backyard chickens meet contemporary design in this inventive compilation from authors Matthew Wolpe and Kevin McElroy. Reinventing the Chicken Coop presents 14 complete building plans for chicken houses that range from the purely functional to outrageously fabulous, with designs that include water-capturing roofs, built-in composting systems, and modernist architectural details. The step-by-step instructions and full-color photographs of these inspiring coops will delight both first-time builders and veteran chicken farmers alike.