How to build a dog house

Here’s a stylish ranch-style doghouse a beginning-to-intermediate woodworker can make for about $200.

It’s made from three sheets of plywood and big enough for a large dog. Redwood lattice battens and a shed roof create the rustic ranch-house look. A little arbor of 2-by-2s above the door adds interest and provides shade, and a removable asphalt-shingle roof makes cleaning inside easy.

Materials to build this doghouse

  • Tape measure
  • Pencil
  • Square
  • Protractor
  • Circular saw
  • Paintbrush
  • Electric drill
  • Tin snips
  • Hammer
  • Materials
  • 2 sheets of 3⁄8-inch rough cedar plywood
  • 1 sheet 5⁄8-inch exterior plywood
  • 1 pound 11⁄2-inch deck screws
  • Three 8-foot-long redwood 2-by-4s
  • Four 8-foot-long redwood 2-by-2s
  • 2 quarts exterior paint or stain
  • Twelve 8-foot lengths of redwood lattice
  • 1 tube all-purpose panel adhesive
  • 5⁄8-inch wire brads
  • Two 10-foot lengths metal drip edging
  • 1 box 5⁄8-inch galvanized roofing nails
  • 1 pack asphalt shingles 

DIY doghouse instructions

1. Following the diagrams, cut and paint plywood sides (A, B) and panels for the rear (C), front (D), floor (E), and roof (F). Sketch out front opening.

2. Cut and screw four 41-inch-long 2-by-4s to the underside of the floor panel so it sits off the ground. Check that floor height matches the sketched front opening’s bottom (41⁄8 in. from base of front panel), then adjust sketch if necessary and cut opening.

3. To make it easy to screw the panels together, reinforce each side-panel corner with one 2-by-2 that will run from the floor to 1⁄2 inch from the top edge. Screw side, front, and back panels to the floor.

4. Center roof above the structure and use screws to attach two painted 46-inch-long 2-by-4 rafters that flank the exterior of the side panels. To keep the roof from sliding to the rear, attach three painted 6-inch-long 2-by-4s that butt against the exterior of the front panel.

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5. Referring to the diagram, build and attach with screws (from the inside) the arbor of 2-by-2s. Add the painted lattice trim with panel adhesive and wire brads 6 to 8 inches apart and paint over them.

6. Mask roof edges with metal drip edging, attaching it with roofing nails. Also use roofing nails to attach asphalt shingles, working up from the roof’s bottom end.

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Second Step: Get ready the materials

So the second step would be getting ready all of the necessary materials and tools for the construction work. The diagrams and plans for the dog houses will provide detailed measurements and explanation of all of the necessary materials and tools which are needed in order to create a dog house. You need to take the measurements and put them on the material, which you are going to use. You can use any material that you wish, but a popular choice is a plywood as it is durable enough to withstand even harsher weather conditions and it is also easy to work with. When laying out all of the pieces of the plywood, make sure that they are not touching so you can easily cut them afterward. And, remember to draw the entry door the right size, according to the size of your pet, as the door has to be large enough for your dog to comfortably get in and out of the dog house but also it cannot be too large.

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