DIY Dog House
Here’s a quick recap about the DIY dog house build~
Our backyard was in terrible shape, with a few break-in’s in surrounding neighborhoods we felt compelled to build a fence for added security. So Greg got going one morning by renting an auger for digging the holes for fence posts while I took measurements and figured out what supplies would we need and we got to work!
Once the fence was built we took down the chain link pen we had used to keep our two labs on our property when they weren’t supervised, it was a total eyesore.
Oddly enough they loved their pen, it wasn’t a punishment, they ate and slept there and would even sit in it with the door wide open during. Sadly with it gone they were totally confused, their routine was disrupted plus this new awful fence & barrier keeping them from the wooded area in our lower yard. I could see they were distressed so project DIY dog house kicked in and took precedent over everything!
Let’s just get this out of the way right now, there is nothing quick about building a dog house if you are simply a DIY’er and actually want it to hold up to two 100+ pound Labrador Retrievers! But here is the quick overview of how the project went.
I estimated the size it needed to be based on the table above that my husband had built for them years before so they wouldn’t have to sleep on the ground. It was 4’x5′ so I decided to build the dog house 4’x6′. Anything 4 feet is a good idea because you can purchase an 8 foot piece of lumber and cut it in half, easy peasy! The 6 foot length leaves some waste unless you can fit a 12 foot board in your car, which I cannot, but I will always have use for scrap wood so no big deal.
I knew the base had to be really sturdy to hold them and the walls and roof. So I built it as if I was building a weight bearing wall with “studs” 16″ apart. I cut a cheater board to fit between the top and bottom rails while driving in screws to keep the boards as even as possible. This picture was after the first day of taking measurements, purchasing materials and getting started~ doesn’t look like much but planning takes time.
Rather than use standard pressure treated plywood for the walls I opted for this 4’x8′ composite siding and had Home Depot cut it in half so I could actually lift it myself and transport it home. I bought two to use for the sides, back, front and hopefully the roof.
I laid the siding on the frame for giggles and those silly boys slept on it all night! It wasn’t even secured to the boards but they liked being down low rather on top of the old table with no pen.
The next day I added the last piece of 2×4 to the floor and Greg helped me add these locking caster wheels so we can move the dog house to clean under/around etc.
For the back side of my DIY dog house, I decided to cut a window so they can look out and promote air flow for the hot summer months. Used a clamp and jigsaw to cut a rectangle window.
After the siding was cut in half at Home Depot before transporting home, I cut one of the 4’x4′ pieces in half again for two 2’x4′ pieces to use as the siding and roof. The 4’x4′ sheet above I cut to match the pitch of the “A-frame” woof, I mean roof 🙂
Similar to how I built the floor base, I made the walls the same way and attached the 2’x4′ panels after toe screwing it into the floor.
Greg made the flooring using left over dog ears from the fence project. He added them in this nice diagonal pattern and did a great job but these fence dog ears are pretty rough so I plan to add outdoor carpet once the pressure treated dog ears are completely dried out.
The a-frame roof was kind of tricky for me, the obtuse angles required had me stumped at every turn since I really don’t know how to use a speed square still and my miter saw only goes to 50 degrees. So I would mark the line and cut with the circular saw hoping that the line I mark was really the correct angle. I added additional supports every chance I got.
This is the rear of the dog house and it didn’t need the additional support because it was resting on an actual wall.
Siding up on all four sides! Next to build the roof.
Initially I planned to use the composite siding for the roof but it sagged in the center since it is not very thick/rigid and I was not interested in building an additional a-frame support in the middle. So back to Home Depot for these 5/4x6x8 deck floor boards. They are nice and thick, really affordable and usually very good quality cosmetically.
I simply cut them in half and secured with screws to 2×4 in the a-frame.
Since I don’t want to trade a chain link pen for another eyesore I decided to use 1x4x8 pressure treated appearance boards to trim out where the roof meets the front and back of the dog house. I also added them to the perimeter of the house to cover where the siding attached to the floor base.
Once all of the pressure treated wood is dry I will add a coat of paint. The siding was primed with this color that matches our house oddly perfect!
My DIY Dog House
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