Architectural Bird Houses—To Nest or Not to Nest

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Blue Jay Visiting the Garden

Bird houses. What garden is complete without one? Birdhouses add architectural detail, decorative accents and some of them even provide habitat for our feathered friends. Yes, some…does this surprise you?

Bird houses are a lot like human houses. Every bird has its nest and only some bird houses are fit for a family. Each bird species has needs and habits that determine what kind of house they want to live in.

Architectural birdhouses are enchanting and intricate. Still, if you only want to have nesting bird houses you will want to be very careful with your selections. We have to remember that these colorful cuties can often be more for decoration than a home for baby birds. But be on the lookout to make sure you get a bird house that is not only beautiful, but also baby bird friendly.

Of course, architectural birdhouses can be functional and functional birdhouses can be architectural. What a proper nesting birdhouse does have that sets it apart from the purely decorative are features that insure the health and safety of the nest. Some will be suitable for nesting, but not all.

When it comes to bird houses for habitat the important thing is to take into account if a bird family will be safe, healthy and happy in this shelter. This means having the proper size opening, a way to clean out old nest materials for new spring occupancy, and in the case of small songbirds, not being a predator perching place.


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The kinds of birds that usually do well in architectural birdhouses are most often Wrens, Chickadees, Finches, Nuthatches and Titmice.

To appeal to both sides of our bird house natures, we have shopped around for the most beautiful architectural, as well as nest friendly, birdhouses available. We think you will love these 10 cleverly designed bird houses.

With such craftsmanship, bird health and safety features and attention to detail, we see no reason not to indulge in both form and function.

Cuckoo Cottage Architectural Bird House

Cuckoo Cottage Architectural Bird HouseInspired by the Black Forest Cottages of Germany, this finely crafted birdhouse brings the charm of old world Europe to your garden.

Perfect for cavity dwellers, and ideal for a garden owner with an eye to detail, this fully functional, intricately carved, birdhouse has a removable back wall for easy cleaning.

Constructed of hardwood and finished with exterior grade, non-toxic paint.

Dimensions:  14.5"L X 7.5" W X 12.5" D

Suitable for Wrens, Chickadees, Finches, Nuthatches and Titmice


Petoskey Bird House

Petoskey Bird HouseThis birdhouse will have you imagining a relaxing vacation in the Northern Michigan Peninsula town of Petoskey. 

You can bring the lakeside ambiance to your home with this summer cottage perfect for a bird family.

A red cedar roof tops a delightfully detailed cottage, complete with window boxes and hanging flower baskets.


Attracts wrens, finches, chickadees, nuthatches and titmice.


Pagoda House Birdhouse

Pagoda House BirdhouseBring a taste of the orient to your garden with this three nest birdhouse reproduction of an ancient Chinese Pagoda. 

This classic beauty is fully functional, with removable back walls and constructed of exterior grade plywood with resin roofs.  The paint and sealer are non-toxic.

Designed for outdoor use.

Dimensions:  16 H x 8.25 W x 9.75 D

Attracts Wrens, Chickadees, Finches, Nuthatches and Titmice



San Francisco White Row House BirdhouseSan Francisco White Row House Birdhouse


Modeled after the ‘Painted Ladies of Postcard Row’ on San Francisco’s Alamo Square, these cozy townhouses are just the thing for neighborly birds.

This is a fully functional bird house has excellent ventilation, drainable and  a removable wall for easy clean out.

The Victorian Era inspired mansions are constructed with exterior grade plywood, painted shingles with poly resin detailing. 

The opening is 1 ¼” in diameter, letting family members in and predators out.

Available in either Green, White, and Blue  or  Pink, Green, and Blue color combinations

Attracts Wrens, Chickadees, Finches, Nuthatches and Titmice


Le Chateau Architectural Bird House

Le Chateau Architectural Bird House


The Le Chateau Birdhouse is a palace fit for a king, or queen, and for that matter, princes and princesses. 
The fine craftsmanship  and authentic detailing make this an extremely attractive addition to your yard.

Western red cedar shakes keep rain off the roof. 
There are 2 separated nesting areas, with entrances located on either side of the house.    Topiaries flank the front door and the fence surrounds the house.

Spring cleaning is easy with the removable back wall.  

The elegant golden finish  and sealant are non-toxic and  complete the look of opulence.    
Intended for Outdoor Use
Dimensions:  14.5" H x 14" W x 10" D

Suitable for Wrens, Chickadees, Finches,  Nuthatches and Titmice


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