I came across Joal’s unique backyard saloon on Facebook. I contacted him to find out more and he was very modest about his creation: “The saloon is really just a glorified shed and chicken coop” he said. But look how detailed this place is:
Located near Astoria, Oregon, the “Backyard Saloon” originated when Joal needed to rebuild a dilapidated woodshed in his yard. A little weekend project turned into an elaborate, multi-year, 11 X 30 foot structure that also serves as a woodshed, garden shed, storage, workshop, and chicken coop. But mostly a saloon.
Here’s Joal relaxing in his creation with some fruit punch:
The unique thing about this backyard saloon is that it is made from all recycled wood, and ONLY from materials that existed in the late 1800s – “no plywood, particle or chip board, no sheetrock, no plastics, nothing high-tech”, says Joal.
So where did he find such old building material?
He got most of the interior wood paneling – including the bar itself – from disassembled loading dock pallets. Much of the exterior was built from “creosote-soaked river-wharf timber”.
The aged, roughed-up materials really do give the saloon that authentic old western feel.
The backyard saloon in winter:
Joal did not embark on this project as a novice, however. He has over 15 years of experience in designing residential remodels. Today, he puts his talents to work as a freelance illustrator (you can see more of his delightful artwork here).
Joal and his family open up the backyard saloon for various festive occasions throughout the year like this Halloween party they threw:
Besides being the coolest hangout spot in the Pacific Northwest, the backyard structure also has an attached chicken coop [as seen below on the rear left of the building]:
The 5′ X 12′ coop and pen were added a couple of years after the saloon was built.
Here’s the back-story of the coop addition:
I only got into raising chickens because my neighbor’s 30 chicken coop was massacred by a mink and the three or four survivors decided to move into my garage as a safe haven. I fell in love with them and have been a chicken (and duck) enthusiast ever since.
– Joal Morris
This is what happens when creative, handy people have big backyards and a couple of weekends to spare:
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