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DIY Dog House

  • June 17, 2016

DIY PETE
DIY PETE
DIY PETE
DIY PETE

In this project you'll learn how to build a dog house with wood siding and a metal roof. The dog house is made to fit a medium to large sized dog. We'll start by building a platform. Followed by framing out the walls and adding a roof, siding, and deck. This small scale project is a building block towards learning to build enclosed structures.

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  1. Project Steps

    1. Step: 1

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      The first step is to create the platform for the doghouse and deck. Use pressure treated 2x4's for this process. Connect each board using 3 inch screws.

    2. Step: 2

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      Cut the plywood to cover the base area which the dog house will sit on.

    3. Step: 3

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      Attach the sheathing using 1 1/2 inch wood screws.

    4. Step: 4

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      Build the sidewalls for the dog house. Use 2x2 boards for the bottom of each wall. 2x4 boards are used for the rest. Cut the front and back boards so they have a 12 degree angle. This will give a nice pitch to the roof.

    5. Step: 5

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      Attach each sidewall to the platform using 3 inch screws

    6. Step: 6

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      Connect the sidewalls on the back side with a 2x4 up top and a 2x2 against the platform.

    7. Step: 7

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      Connect the front of the sidewalls with a 2x4.

    8. Step: 8

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      This is what the dog house will look like once it is framed out.

    9. Step: 9

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      Create the frame for a simple roof out of 2x4 boards. Make sure it overlaps the sides at least an inch and a half to accommodate the sheathing and siding.

    10. Step: 10

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      Attach the roof to the walls using 3 inch wood screws. It overlaps toward the backside about 4 inches and has a nice overhang in the front for shade.

    11. Step: 11

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      Use a circular saw to cut the sheathing down to size for all 4 walls and for the roof.

    12. Step: 12

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      Screw on the side sheathing. Use 1 1/2 inch screws and make sure you are connecting the plywood to a 2x4 or 2x2.

    13. Step: 13

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      Attach the sheathing to the roof with 1 1/2 inch screws.

    14. Step: 14

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      Here is a look at the dog house once it is framed and enclosed.

    15. Step: 15

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      Determine how wide you'd like the dog door. Then add 2x2 boards to give the front a bit more support.

    16. Step: 16

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      Add a front panel of sheathing.

    17. Step: 17

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      Cut 1x4 boards down to size for trim. Use 2 boards at each corner.

    18. Step: 18

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      Add siding. Start from the bottom and move your way up. Use 1 1/2 inch screws through the siding and into the studs.

    19. Step: 19

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      A look at the siding once attached.

    20. Step: 20

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      Draw the shape for your dog door.

    21. Step: 21

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      Cut out the dog door using a jig saw. Drill a small hole to create a starting point for the jig saw blade.

    22. Step: 22

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      Cut fence pickets down to size to use as decking for the front of the dog house.

    23. Step: 23

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      Cut the metal roofing material to cover the roof. If you do use metal for the roof (instead of shingles) it will have sharp edges. I used J channel to help cover the edges. A drip edge could be used.

    24. Step: 24

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      I attached J channel around the perimeter of 3 sides to help cover sharp edges. I actually stuck the lip of the metal underneath the plywood roof top.

    25. Step: 25

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      Slide the metal roof into place. The ridges make it a little tight on the front and back, but not bad. I used a basic drip edge on the backside of the dog house.

    26. Step: 26

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      Here is a look at the dog house with the roof finished. Make sure to do a thorough sanding of all the wood to remove rough edges and smooth things out.

    27. Step: 27

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      Stain or seal the dog house with your finish of choice. I used a spar urethane.

    28. Step: 28

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      Move the dog house to your yard or load it in a truck and gift to a friend or family member!

Comments (6)


  • Do you have any specific cut list, other than the materials used list? I would really like to make one
    By Dogtrainer579, on July 20, 2016
    • Hi Dogtrainer579! The plans are now available toward the top of the page. Click on " View Project PDF " - Cheers!
      By DIY PETE, on July 29, 2016

  • I'd love a cut list as well!
    By valliloves, on July 24, 2016
    • Hi Valliloves! The plans are now available toward the top of the page. Click on " View Project PDF " - Cheers!
      By DIY PETE, on July 29, 2016

  • Complete plans will be available by this Thursday. I'll post as soon as they are up!
    By DIY PETE, on July 26, 2016

  • i will be building one of these for my pittbull puppy come early spring.
    By DrFrankenspeed, on February 7, 2018

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DIY Dog House

by DIY PETE
Jun 17, 2016
Medium d5254305 581b 47da 9a16 7fd46ce1c725

In this project you'll learn how to build a dog house with wood siding and a metal roof. The dog house is made to fit a medium to large sized dog. We'll start by building a platform. Followed by framing out the walls and adding a roof, siding, and deck. This small scale project is a building block towards learning to build enclosed structures.

Project Steps

  1. Step: 1
    Huge 5c935282 d8db 4a4c b530 4f525a6179db

    The first step is to create the platform for the doghouse and deck. Use pressure treated 2x4's for this process. Connect each board using 3 inch screws.

  2. Step: 2
    Huge 948a7781 be11 4f26 800c f58ef96916ea

    Cut the plywood to cover the base area which the dog house will sit on.

  3. Step: 3
    Huge eddf0217 a215 4be8 8726 6518bdfece7a

    Attach the sheathing using 1 1/2 inch wood screws.

  4. Step: 4
    Huge 170f9ae0 758b 43df b045 f940bf8c25da

    Build the sidewalls for the dog house. Use 2x2 boards for the bottom of each wall. 2x4 boards are used for the rest. Cut the front and back boards so they have a 12 degree angle. This will give a nice pitch to the roof.

  5. Step: 5
    Huge de406229 29f0 4c60 a504 3f17f9c8a51d

    Attach each sidewall to the platform using 3 inch screws

  6. Step: 6
    Huge 7dec519e 1470 4a4d 9147 04f330f9e26d

    Connect the sidewalls on the back side with a 2x4 up top and a 2x2 against the platform.

  7. Step: 7
    Huge 835e0c8d 09cc 4812 8474 87b946acd328

    Connect the front of the sidewalls with a 2x4.

  8. Step: 8
    Huge c5713ab8 ef25 476d 9783 28fe39bd2318

    This is what the dog house will look like once it is framed out.

  9. Step: 9
    Huge fa5a68d1 9c41 4c9e b213 a4877311c79b

    Create the frame for a simple roof out of 2x4 boards. Make sure it overlaps the sides at least an inch and a half to accommodate the sheathing and siding.

  10. Step: 10
    Huge 5403d15f 4587 4405 9788 b7834c5530a0

    Attach the roof to the walls using 3 inch wood screws. It overlaps toward the backside about 4 inches and has a nice overhang in the front for shade.

  11. Step: 11
    Huge 122e41da f7ad 4c16 b80c f82d204b4b8e

    Use a circular saw to cut the sheathing down to size for all 4 walls and for the roof.

  12. Step: 12
    Huge 2c0cf6b1 0f6a 4236 a0f0 beee31ef9086

    Screw on the side sheathing. Use 1 1/2 inch screws and make sure you are connecting the plywood to a 2x4 or 2x2.

  13. Step: 13
    Huge ab7ad237 c9d4 45dd a71c d55b68eda060

    Attach the sheathing to the roof with 1 1/2 inch screws.

  14. Step: 14
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    Here is a look at the dog house once it is framed and enclosed.

  15. Step: 15
    Huge 6fde10c5 d489 47d1 b79e edcc1a40cb61

    Determine how wide you'd like the dog door. Then add 2x2 boards to give the front a bit more support.

  16. Step: 16
    Huge 205649ae 1c7a 4f16 8626 bc3deb9e5b14

    Add a front panel of sheathing.

  17. Step: 17
    Huge 0a671739 e93a 4ffd 8e02 ae5f901b3ba9

    Cut 1x4 boards down to size for trim. Use 2 boards at each corner.

  18. Step: 18
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    Add siding. Start from the bottom and move your way up. Use 1 1/2 inch screws through the siding and into the studs.

  19. Step: 19
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    A look at the siding once attached.

  20. Step: 20
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    Draw the shape for your dog door.

  21. Step: 21
    Huge 221612c6 b0c0 4281 a557 0afe5ab4a052

    Cut out the dog door using a jig saw. Drill a small hole to create a starting point for the jig saw blade.

  22. Step: 22
    Huge 5d765948 293d 4ddd be48 09cf656ca408

    Cut fence pickets down to size to use as decking for the front of the dog house.

  23. Step: 23
    Huge e3abb3e3 080e 4e56 b030 34e19da2ff11

    Cut the metal roofing material to cover the roof. If you do use metal for the roof (instead of shingles) it will have sharp edges. I used J channel to help cover the edges. A drip edge could be used.

  24. Step: 24
    Huge c53c813c 97cd 4eb2 b6ba 63b29a5429d2

    I attached J channel around the perimeter of 3 sides to help cover sharp edges. I actually stuck the lip of the metal underneath the plywood roof top.

  25. Step: 25
    Huge 5f32ede9 a7a3 4549 bd45 8292cebb9c48

    Slide the metal roof into place. The ridges make it a little tight on the front and back, but not bad. I used a basic drip edge on the backside of the dog house.

  26. Step: 26
    Huge 6ffb0861 7a79 4897 9929 ac1f2716277a

    Here is a look at the dog house with the roof finished. Make sure to do a thorough sanding of all the wood to remove rough edges and smooth things out.

  27. Step: 27
    Huge 235cad4d 6171 4e1f 82be 7d7721ccbdc7

    Stain or seal the dog house with your finish of choice. I used a spar urethane.

  28. Step: 28
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    Move the dog house to your yard or load it in a truck and gift to a friend or family member!