DIY Dog House
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.View Project PDF
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.
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.
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.
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.
Screw on the side sheathing. Use 1 1/2 inch screws and make sure you are connecting the plywood to a 2x4 or 2x2.
Determine how wide you'd like the dog door. Then add 2x2 boards to give the front a bit more support.
Add siding. Start from the bottom and move your way up. Use 1 1/2 inch screws through the siding and into the studs.
Cut out the dog door using a jig saw. Drill a small hole to create a starting point for the jig saw blade.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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2x4 lumber (Pressure Treated)
5/8 inch sheathing
3 foot by 8 foot sheet of metal roofing
1 1/2 inch screws
3 inch screws
1 inch metal roofing screws
J channel roof edging, Drip Edge
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