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If you own a dog, you’ll want to build a dog house. You could hammer a few boards together to create four walls and a roof. Put in some effort and imagination and you’ll know how to build a dog house that shelters your best friend in all kinds of weather.
This guide will take you through the step-by-step process of building a DIY dog house with a porch for your pet to enjoy the outdoors.
Wood for Your Dog House
Use treated wood for the base and floor in your dog house plans. It resists moisture and lasts longer. Use a circular saw or miter saw to create the framing studs. You can make the process easier by labeling each piece of framing wood right after cutting and stack them together.
- A frame: Two 2 x 4 treated wood studs cut to 43-inch lengths
- B frame: Two 2 x 4 treated wood studs cut to 27-inch lengths
- C frame: One 2 x 4 treated wood stud cut to a 24-inch length
- D frame: Eight 1 x 6 boards of treated wood cut to 29-inch lengths
- E frame: Four 2 x 4 nontreated wood studs cut to 29-inch lengths
- F frame: Three 2 x 4 nontreated wood studs cut to 27-inch lengths
- G frame: Two 2 x 4 nontreated wood stud cut to 8 1/2-inch lengths
- S frame: 10 2 x 4 nontreated wood studs cut to 13 3/8-inch lengths
- WT trim: Two 1 x 3 nontreated wood studs cut to 44 1/2-inch lengths
Prepare the Rafters
These wood pieces require additional cuts to make the rafters and gable trim.
- Roof rafter frame: Four 2 x 4 nontreated wood studs cut to 18-inch lengths.
- Bar rafter frame: Four 1 x 3 nontreated wood studs cut to 18 13/16-inch lengths
- Gable trim: Two 1 x 3 nontreated wood studs cut to 18-inch lengths
Cut off the opposing corners of the bar rafters and gable trims at an angle of 32 degrees with a jigsaw. For the rafter pieces, make a 90-degree cut on one side at the 2-inch mark.
Tips for Building Your Dog House
There are a number of steps when it comes to how to build a dog house. When going over your dog house plans, follow these tips for a less labor-intensive task:
- Measure and cut your framing wood pieces prior to building. Measure the length twice before doing your cuts.
- Use a power drill to make pilot holes for the studs for easy connection.
Create the Walls
The first step for your DIY dog house is to create the walls and front opening from a single sheet of ¾-inch plywood, 48 x 48 inches.
- Use a circular saw to cut out side walls measuring 19 3/4 inches by 36 inches.
- Measure cut out the rear wall measuring 27 inches by 27 3/4 inches.
- On one of the pieces of the plywood measure 18 3/8 inches from the bottom. Mark off each side and the center at the top of the board. Find the center and saw off the right and left corners to create a triangle.
- On the remaining piece of plywood measure 1 3/8 inches from the bottom and mark it. Place the front wall and trace and cut.
- Trace a half circle on the front wall and use a jigsaw to cut the opening.
Create the Base Frame
To build this DYI dog house design, take:
- Two A frame studs
- Two B frame studs
- One C frame stud
Frame a box with the studs to create a 29-inch-wide x 47-inch-long base.
Build the Floor
A solid floor that is part of your dog house plans will keep your pet from exposure to the elements and make it a more comfortable place. Use this frame for your dog house plans with a porch.
- You will use the eight D frame wood boards for the deck.
- Use a hammer or nail gun to attach 3-inch galvanized nails to the two end floorboards first. Evenly space the rest of the floorboards about 1/4-inch apart. The gaps help keep the interior of your DIY dog house cool for your pet in hot weather.
Frame the Dog House Walls
The floor of your DIY dog house is completed, so now you have to build the two frames for the walls. For this you’ll use:
- Four E frame studs
- Four S frame studs
Make two frames of the pieces and connect the frames together with 3-inch screws to make the side walls.
The next step is the back wall. For this you’ll have to cut:
- Two F frame studs
- Two S frame studs
Repeat the steps you did to create the side wall frames. Use 3-inch screws to connect them.
Frame the DIY Dog House Doorway
At this point you’re ready to build the front wall frame. The framing studs will form the doorway for your dog house plans with a porch.
For this you’ll have to cut:
- One F frame stud
- Two G frame studs
- Four S frame studs
First, use the F frame stud and place the S frame studs along its length. Top off the S frame studs with the two G frame studs. Top these off with the two 8 1/2-inch lengths of wood. This will be the doorway. Secure them all with 3-inch screws.
Build the Rafter and Gable Trim
Now that the wall frames are completed, it is time to put together the DIY dog house’s rafter and gable trim.
- To build the roof rafters, join two of the R studs together at the ends that needed one cut.
- Attach a metal plate at the point where the wood ends are joined. Use a drill and 3-inch screws to connect together. Repeat the task for the second set of trims.
- Finally, join the bar rafters at the point where they meet. Attach a metal plate and use screws to connect.
Assemble the Dog House
The framing is now complete. Now you can work on assembling your DIY dog house.
- Line up the four frames to the base of the dog house. Your will leave some room at the front for the porch. Secure each frame to the base with 3-inch screws.
- Connect each of the frames with 3-inch screws.
- Attach the roof rafters to the top of the frame.
- Attach the walls and roof pieces by drilling screws along the border of the frames.
- Connect the wall trim pieces to the sides of the dog house.
- Attach the gable trim to where the wall trim reaches the front.
- Attach the final bar rafter to the back wall.
Finish Your DIY Dog House
Now that the dog house is completed, add these finishing touches:
- Attach roof shingles to the dog house to protect it from rain. Use a hammer or nail gun and galvanized nails to attach the shingles. Start from the bottom and work your way up to the peak.
- Put on a coat of paint.
Insulating Your DIY Dog House
The plans for this DIY dog house create a nice outdoor accommodation, but dog houses need more when it comes to weathering the elements. Be sure to take all necessary precautions to give your pet protection from inclement weather.
- Insulation is a good to include in your dog house plans, and there is a wide variety of materials available. Pink fiberglass is excellent for use in your insulated dog house plans.
- Lightweight reflective coil and spray foam insulation are also efficient.
- Recycled carpet is a cost-effective solution. Just staple or glue pieces of recycled carpet to the interior walls to break the impact of the wind.
Remember, if it is too cold, bring your dog indoors.
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