This post is going to be dedicated to some of the cool DIY posts I have seen on other websites...so pull up a chair and click on:
A different style feeder, using PVC
Being in Utah, the winters are cold and snowy. Thawing water daily was a pain. My first attempt at a water heater was using a light bulb in a metal electrical box. This is a lot easier: (although, I think I would put bricks under the base just for a layer of fire protection.)
DIY Water Heater (youtube video)
When it comes to housing, the chickens are very grateful and never complain about how you provide for them. Some basics are needed to give them shelter, roosting location, a run. Keeping in mind that even in the winter, they need air circulation to cut down on fumes and water vapor.
Here is a link to how I started housing my hens and where I am now.