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Architectural Birdhouses

Birds nest in the spring, it's true. But now's the time to put their potential homes on the market. We found birdhouses to suit your surroundings, in styles from rustic to refined

Help Birds Through the Cold Season

Photo by Mark Weiss

You've feathered your nest. Why not help your friends on the fly to do the same? A fall and winter spent outdoors will rid these man-made manses of paint and varnish odors—and, while they weather, they'll provide a welcome resting place for migrating species. Most nesting boxes, as they're also known, are a good fit for small backyard birds, including wrens, nuthatches, chickadees, swallows, and martins. Best of all, they're available in a variety of house styles, from a cozy log cabin to a detailed Victorian. Here, 11 of our favorites.

Polished Plantation

Photo by Mark Weiss

Size: 12W x 12D x 11H

Made of: Cedar and plywood

Features: Two-tiered wraparound porch provides a roomy perch for birds looking for food. Two nesting nooks attract social species, such as swallows, that like to cohabit.

About $131; Natures Harmony, LLC

Rustic Roost

Photo by Mark Weiss

Size: 12W x 6D x 12H

Made of: Barn wood

Features: Natural colors provide protection from predators by blending into the landscape. Rough-textured wood lets nesters get a good grip when climbing

in and out.

About $62; GardenArtisans.com

Simple Saltbox

Photo by Mark Weiss

Size: 10W x 6D x 12H

Made of: Cypress, pine, and copper

Features: Small size makes it easy to mount; copper ridgeline flashing keeps squirrels from chewing through the roof.

About $46; Yard Envy

Neoclassical Lines

Photo by Mark Weiss

Size: 12W x 13D x 16H

Made of: Southern yellow pine

Features: Ventilation holes on two sides ensure plenty of airflow for birds and their babies.

About $250; Architectural Editions

Cozy Cottage

Photo by Mark Weiss

Size: 12W x 13D x 13H

Made of: Pine and plywood

Features: Smooth clapboard-style siding makes it hard for birds of prey to latch on and raid the nest.

About $95; GiftBrand.com

Stable Style

Photo by Mark Weiss

Size: 17W x 7D x 11H

Made of: Pine

Features: Two nesting boxes; light-colored exterior and eight entry holes keep the interior cool.

TOH Tip: To keep predators at bay, secure the wide entries with tunnel-like predator guards from BestNest.com

About $35; Plow & Hearth

Log Cabin

Photo by Mark Weiss

Size: 8W x 9D x 9H

Made of: Pine and plywood

Features: Truss detail in front prevents large, aggressive birds from disturbing

the nest. A strip of metal mesh inside helps fledglings reach the exit.

About $70; The Backyard Bird Company

Gambrel-Roofed Barn

Photo by Mark Weiss

Size: 8W x 6D x 12H

Made of: Barn wood and metal

Features: Thick beadboard reinforces the entry against gnawing critters; corrugated metal roofing keeps out egg-thieving raccoons.

About $25; All Barn Wood

Roomy Ranch

Photo by Mark Weiss

Size: 11W x 4D x 10H

Made of: Barn wood

Features: Natural wood and multiple entry holes resemble nesting sites found in tree trunks. Three separate cavities make it ideal for purple martins, which like

to live in groups but sleep alone.

About $19; All Barn Wood

Ornamented Victorian

Photo by Mark Weiss

Size: 10W x 9D x 18H

Made of: Pine and plywood

Features: Two entrances to this multifamily house are sheltered by shingled porch overhangs.

About $99; Natures Harmony, LLC

Colonial Charm

Photo by Mark Weiss

Size: 18W x 10D x 17H

Made of: Rough-cut pine

Features: Earth-toned facade helps the house blend into the environment;

the grapevine wreath can be used to get a nest going.

About $65; Bacon Square Farm