Search around for materials you aren’t using like plywood, pine wood 2x4s, shingles, nails, and other materials. To build a dog house, you will need the following tools:
- Pen or pencil
- Table saw or circular saw
- Shingle utility knife
- Roofing nails
- Regular nails
- Pressure-treated lumber
- Roofing shingles
- Tape measure
The materials you need include:
- One exterior grade plywood sheet (about 4 feet by 8 feet and 5/8” thick)
- Two 2”x4”x8′ pressure treated boards
- One 2”x4”x8′ untreated boards
- One box of 1-5/8” galvanized deck screws
- One bundle of composite roof shingles
- One tube of wet/dry roof cement
If you don’t have some of the materials lying around, go to a construction site and rummage through their scrap pile. You will be able to find a lot of 2×4 untreated and treated boards that were cut too small, etc. Ask the contractor if you can have their unused “scrap” and bring it home to build your dog house. You can also find roofing shingles at a construction site.
You need to determine the type of dog house you are building. Obtain your dog’s measurements and then tack on the proper amount of space needed for your particular dog. The common dog house plans include an A-frame or a slanted dog house. Once you have all the supplies, tools, and plans, you can begin building your dog’s house.
No matter what style you build, it needs to be elevated from the ground. Use some 2×4’s to construct a base for the dog house and drill holes in the 2x4s to allow moisture to escape and to prevent rot. Once you have your base ready, you can begin building the basic framework. It is best to start with the floor and work your way up. The walls are easy to frame and the roof is simple, depending upon the style of house you have chosen to build. If you have extra insulation lying around, place it in the wall and frame it off. Your dog will chew on the insulation if he finds it, so caulk around the edges of the wall to seal it off.
Before you place the roof on the house, you need to see how easily it can be cleaned. Many dog owners are using hinged roofs because they can open the top and clean the inside of the dog’s house easily. Hinged roofs work best on slanted dog houses, although they can be done on an A-frame dog house.
Once you place the roof, you will need to install the shingles. If you have tar paper, lay it first and install the tiles from the bottom up, overlapping each other slightly. When you reach the end, seal it off with wet/dry roof cement to prevent water from getting underneath and leaking.
You can now paint or stain your dog’s house. Check the inside for nails or slivers that could cause your dog harm. Sand the doorway so that you and your dog don’t get slivers. Use a waterproof paint or stain so it will withstand the elements.