Welcome and thanks for checking out our project! With your help we can make this project a reality and bring a joyful experience to your yard and the birds around you.
"Birds Have Better Homes Than We do." - Yanko Design
"...a stylishly modern sanctuary for your bird friends to find comfort." - Design Milk
"The classic shape has been slightly tweaked for modernity's sake while the use of vibrant colorways adds a touch of pizzazz that doesn't take away from its minimal nature." - TrendHunter
"...these birdhouses make very attractive homes for birds and beautiful garden decorations that can brighten up outdoor decor." - LushHome
The Federal is an Ottawa-based design service consultancy and producer of unique, Canadian-designed, sourced, and manufactured goods. This birdhouse is the first in a line of products we're aiming to bring to market. The Federal was born between the collaboration of design ideas beyond the world of communications and electronics. The idea and desire is to explore alternative sides of design and branch out creatively.
We have a great deal of experience bringing products to market. In our previous jobs we've helped bring 50+ products to market on mass production scales. We designed, and worked alongside engineering, manufacturing and business units to bring those products to life. And we know that with your help we can make this project a success as well.
The birdhouse is constructed of 1mm thick aluminum that has been water jet cut, formed and powder coated for a durable, long-lasting life. The design is rigid and sturdy. The internal wooden floor keeps the birds elevated off of the metal and allows for water to drain. A design like this is quick and easy to mass produce, with no tooling requirements, worrying about dies, runners, etc.
Every bird has a different taste and requirement for housing. With this design, we wanted to make a house that could appeal to a wide range of birds. The hole diameter is 2 inches and the inside dimensions are approximately 5.25"W x 4.5"H x 6.75"L (at its highest and widest points). The overall dimensions of the house are approximately 6.25"W x 4.5"H x 11.5"L
There are two different mounting methods possible for this house: hanging and pole/post mounted. The lace included allows for the house to be hung at up to 19" from whatever you are hanging it from. Or, simply use half of the lace to attach the two housings and the house can be mounted to a post through the use of 2 holes in the bottom.
Colours! We have the birdhouse in 4 available colours. White, Cyan, Magenta and Yellow. All 4 options come with a light brown lace which compliments all colour options. Buy 2 and mix and match, create your own unique colour combinations.
We are turning to you fine folks in order to meet our minimum order quantities with the manufacturers. The houses are being made right here in Ottawa; however, we need to purchase a minimum number of houses in order to start production.
We are seeking funding of $9000 to cover these costs. This amount is to pay for our MOQ and shipping the houses to you, and covers all of the fees from IndieGoGo and the banks. With your help, we can make this a reality.
For this campaign we are offering the birdhouse at a special price of $50 to help get the product on its feet. After the campaign is over, the houses will retail for $80.
Even better-- we're offering a 2 pack at $90. What makes the two pack cool is that you can easily mix and match colours, creating unique combinations for your house.
Below you will find our timeline estimation for this project. We want to ensure that you have these houses in your hands before spring comes.
After the campaign is over we will be sending out a survey to collect a list of what colours you'd like! We will leave this survey open for 7 days, if we don't get a response from you we cannot guarantee your colour. We will order extras of each colour however we cannot guarantee it unless we receive your response.
As mentioned, production of the birdhouse is all local. We've gone through several iterations of the product and are confident in its design. There is no tooling required at all which makes production simple and fast.
During the campaign, we will be focusing on the packaging design and production. We have a design in place and over the course of the campaign will be prototyping and testing to ensure that the birdhouse arrives on your doorstep as perfect as it left our hands.
Overall, we see very little risk in bringing this product to market.
Co-founder / Industrial Designer