Our Basic Birdhouse design is easy to build and will provide critical shelter for backyard birds. You can learn how to build a basic birdhouse, all you need is a few hours of time, some basic tools and a simple piece of lumber. Best of all, you’ll attract house wrens, titmice, nuthatches, chickadees or downy woodpeckers to your back yard. And with simple changes, you can modify this design to make a bluebird house. Originally published as "In Praise of the Basic Birdhouse" October/November 2007 MOTHER EARTH NEWS.