How to Build a Cupola

Decoration, ventilation and a hangout for your rooster

Required Tools for this Project

Have the necessary tools for this DIY project lined up before you start—you’ll save time and frustration.

  • Hammer
  • Clamps
  • Miter saw
  • Tape measure
  • Caulk gun
  • Drill/driver, cordless
  • Drill bit set
  • Framing square
  • Hearing protection
  • Jigsaw
  • Safety glasses
  • Utility knife
  • Tin snips
  • Table saw

Required Materials for this Project

Avoid last-minute shopping trips by having all your materials ready ahead of time. Here's a list.

  • One 8-ft. cedar 4x4 (actual size is 3-1/2 x 3-1/2 in.)
  • Three 10-ft. cedar 2x6s
  • One 8-ft. 2x2 (1-1/2 x 1-1/2 in.)
  • One 4x8 sheet of 3/8-in. plywood
  • One 4x8 sheet of 3/4-in. pressure-treated plywood
  • Four 8-ft. pieces of brick mold
  • Four 12 x 12-in. vinyl or aluminum gable vents. The dimensions refer to the louvered area, not the vent's frame. Our 12 x 12-in. vents measured 14-1/2 x 14-3/4 in.
  • One bundle of shingles
  • One 10-ft. long roll of aluminum flashing
  • Galvanized screws (1-1/4, 2 and 3 in.), 1/2-in. self-tapping sheet metal screws, 1-in. galvanized nails, 3/4-in. roofing nails, construction adhesive, acrylic caulk, roof cement (two tubes).