How to Build a DIY Dog House for Your Pet

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How to Build a DIY Dog House for Your Pet

A place to escape the elements is a must for man’s best friend that spend any time outdoors. Today, we will learn how to build a basic dog house and upgrading the design with additional features. This free DIY dog house plan will make sure that your dog has a safe haven from the weather and you can take pride that you built it just for them.

Step 1: Planning How to Build Your Doghouse

Building an attractive and safe dog house doesn’t have to be a complicated project. Just keep a few basic principles in mind:

  • The house should have a floor that sits far enough above the ground to prevent water from entering on the rainiest days. Raising the floor will also isolate it from the cold ground in the winter.
  • Size the house to fit the dog: It’s tempting to make a really roomy doghouse, but your dog won’t appreciate it. During cold months, your dog’s body heat keeps him or her warm. If the house is too big, the dog can’t generate enough heat to warm it. How big should a doghouse be? There’s no exact formula, but a good rule of thumb is to build it so your full-grown dog can walk in, turn around inside and stretch out completely.

Step 2: Frame The Base

Take a complete pallet board and combine it with a plywood sheet overlay for extra smoothness! The size of the plywood sheet must be equal to the size of the selected pallet board!

Cut the 2-by-4s and screw them together as shown in the illustration with 3-inch deck screws.

Cut the 3/4-inch pressure-treated plywood to size and screw it to the 2-by-4 frame using 2-inch deck screws.

Step 3: Create the Wall Framing

Now leave the space for the front veranda and put the raised wooden boundary around the rest of the base as you can see! Keep the measuring tape and angled rule in hand to add precision to your work!

Decide whether you want to have a tilted roof or a raised balanced roof! All you need is to shorten the length of back pillars to the desired extent! On the other hand, raise the back pillars equal to the front ones to gain a balanced flat roof! The tilted roof would be recommended as it has additional benefits like it would not allow the retaining of rainwater!

After you decide the design of the roof, connect the back pillars to front ones using durable wooden cross beams! Use an extra one in the mid to ensure the sturdiness of the roof!

After ensuring the stability of the doghouse frame, install next to the pillars for the veranda and join them to roof pillars using wooden cross beams! Rummage around to gain thicker wooden lengths from home to use as front veranda pillars as it requires more stability!

Here doing little things will matter a lot, small square-shaped supports underside the pillars bring a stylish sense to entire design!

Make sure that you have all the attachments correctly! Go for a little inspection and then start staining the dog house frame.

Step 4: Install the Siding

Double up the thickness of the side and back cross beams by providing layering one more wooden length! These extra wooden supports should have a little extra size to cover the corners perfectly!

Starting from the lower backside, fill up the entire frame solid except the front veranda! Decide the size of the front entrance and just leave that measured space unfilled!

Step 5: Attach the Roofing

Again pick the stain bucket and tools and start staining the shingled roof! Apply coats equal to the number of coats you have applied already to the rest of the design!

The next step would be to go for side trimming of shingled roof!! Pick more of pallet slats and resize them to fit right to each side of the tilted roof!

The next step would be to go for side trimming of shingled roof!! Pick more of pallet slats and resize them to fit right to each side of the tilted roof!

Step 6: Install the Entrance

Install the entrance frame and also the one side fence wall of the veranda!! Both would be easy to plan using dismantled pallet slats!

Step 7: Construct the Veranda

Build the veranda roof or shelter by putting flat slats of pallets one by one after getting them resized! Keep the front edges of the veranda roof in V-shape just like a wooden fence! This would bring prominence and artistic vibe to the entire design!

Stain well also the roof of veranda and it is almost ready to gift the house to your dog!

Step 8: Gift it to Your Furry Friend!

Don’t forget to seal the wooden surfaces after staining for necessary shine and crystal clearance and also for long-lasting weather and water protection!

Before letting your dog inside, allow the finish to dry thoroughly — at least a day or two — to reduce the possibility of lingering fumes inside the house.


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