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DIY Doghouses – Step-by-step guide

Pets who love the outdoors will be so thankful to have their own outdoor house. Providing an outdoor structure for pets provides them shelter from the heat of the sun, a place to escape the rain, or a hideaway for a nap. While a dog house is a great escape, they are not meant to be a home for your pets or provide long-term shelter. Today’s dog houses are roomy, unique, and well designed, making them a fun addition to backyard spaces, situated by the pool, or even on a deck or porch. In this post we will explore a step-by-step guide how to build a simple dog house, extreme dog houses, and fun tips on how to make yours unique.

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Building a dog house can be a fun and fulfilling project. Before starting think about where you will locate your structure, how large you want to make it, and how it will be used. You can design it to match the exterior of your home, give it a unique designer look, or stay pretty traditional with a “Snoopy” style building.

We thought it might be fun to see what Chat-GPT had to say about building a dog house and here it is:

A step-by-step guide on how to build a simple dog house:


  1. Plywood sheets (1/2″ thickness is usually sufficient)
  2. 2×4 lumber
  3. Roofing material (could be asphalt shingles, metal roofing, etc.)
  4. Nails or screws
  5. Non-toxic, outdoor paint
  6. Saw (table saw, circular saw, or hand saw)
  7. Drill
  8. Measuring tape


  1. Plan the Dog House: Determine the size of your dog house. A good rule of thumb is to make it about 25% larger than your dog in all dimensions. Your dog should be able to easily walk in, turn around, and lie down comfortably, but the space shouldn’t be so large that it doesn’t retain your dog’s body heat in the winter. Don’t forget to factor in the size of the door, which should be slightly taller and wider than your dog.
  2. Cut the Wood: Cut your plywood and 2x4s according to your measurements. For a simple design, you’ll need:
    • 2 identical, rectangular pieces for the front and back walls.
    • 2 identical, square pieces for the side walls.
    • 1 rectangular piece for the floor.
    • 2 identical, triangular pieces for the roof.
    • 4 pieces of 2x4s for the base (to elevate the house off the ground and avoid moisture).
  3. Construct the Base: Using your 2x4s, construct a square or rectangle that matches the size of your floor piece. Secure it together with screws. Then, attach the floor piece to the base using screws or nails, ensuring it’s flush with the edges.
  4. Build the Walls: Next, attach the front, back, and side walls to the base. You might want to cut out the door on one of the larger walls before attaching it. Secure the walls to the base and each other with screws or nails.
  5. Add the Roof: Attach your two triangular roof pieces at the top. Depending on the design you’ve chosen, you might want the roof to have a slight slant to allow for rain runoff. Secure the roof pieces together at the peak, and then to the walls.
  6. Add the Roofing Material: Attach your chosen roofing material to the roof of the dog house. This could be shingles, metal roofing, or even just a waterproof paint. Make sure to secure it properly to protect the dog house from the elements.
  7. Paint: Paint or seal the dog house with a non-toxic, weather-resistant product. This will help the house last longer and be more comfortable for your dog.
  8. Add Comfort: Consider adding some bedding or a pet bed for additional comfort.

Remember, all measurements and adjustments should be made based on the size of your pet and the specific conditions where you live. For example, if you live in a cold climate, you might want to add insulation to the dog house to help keep your pet warm. If you live in a very rainy climate, consider adding a raised floor or an extended roof for more protection.

We love the outline and the extra touches at the end including insulation. That Chat GPT thinks of everything. Now that you have some idea of how to build a basic dog house, let’s explore some very unique outdoor pet spaces that will blow your mind.

Books on building a Dog House

Explore these great books we came across with inspiration to do it yourself. Start with a basic dog house, add a handmade pet bed, and while you are at it, do a little dogscaping! If you and your pet spend a lot of time outdoors, what a fun way to create something special that you both will enjoy.

If you are looking for a book to guide you through making your own dog house, Dog House is a great option with a promise you will be able to make yours in less than 30 days.

For those who love to say “made it myself” you are going to love this BlackNDecker Projects For Pets book filled with beds, houses, towers and other great projects.

Don’t just stop at the dog house, landscape the space around your house and create other pet-friendly outdoor spaces and pet specific gardens. Dogscaping

Dog House Floor plans & Blueprints

Create your own shingled dog house with front porch with these handy floor plans. Paint and shingle to match your home to blend into your exterior design.

Vintage Dog House Blueprint Poster doubles as a guide to creating a traditional dog house and a great piece of art for dog spaces and pet-loving homes.

Elevated Modern Dog House Floor Plans with contemporary roof and siding ideal for minimalistic and mod home styles.

Create an organic space in the backyard for the dog with these Grass Roof Dog House Floor Plans. A fun weekend project for the entire family.

This Crooked Dog House is a fun version that is ready to be painted a bright shade. Grab the Floor Plans and pick up wood and supplies.

This Ranch Dog House is a great log cabin vibe that is perfect for backyards in the woods, at the cabin, or the lake house.

This Craftsman Dog House features front a front porch, raised roof, and a pool on the side. Design the exterior to match your home or create a unique design style.

These Victorian Dog Floor Plans are a perfect when you are looking for a vintage vibe for your pets when they spend time outdoors. Paint it simple or have fun and make it colorful

This Caribbean Dog House Floor Plan features shutters, a front porch, and plenty of room inside. Tips for making it insulated when it is chilly outside.

Dog House Tours

Now that you have an idea of the dog house floor plans on the market, we thought it would be fun to highlight our favorites.

Craftsman Dog House with Side Pool

This stunning Craftsman-style dog house, complete with swimming pool, is a luxurious canine paradise. This year-round, ranch-inspired cottage has been meticulously designed to meet all your pet’s needs.

As you approach this spacious canine haven, your pet will set its paws on a gorgeous front porch, perfect for lounging on balmy summer days. Through the front entrance, your pet steps into the airy summer room, providing a perfect retreat from the hot weather.

The summer room commands a panoramic view of the unique dog bone-shaped cooling pool and features an outward-facing window for increased ventilation and light. Just beyond the summer room lies the winter room, an intimate, warm space designed to combat the chill of the colder months. There’s ample room here for snuggly blankets and plush sherpa dog beds.

Architectural highlights of the dog house include a rich-toned wooden exterior, durable shingles, and robust stone column bases for an added touch of elegance. And as an unexpected bonus, there’s a matching human-sized house to complement this exceptional canine abode. Experience the ultimate in pet-friendly living with this one-of-a-kind dog house.

Presenting a two-story Victorian marvel designed as a combined play and dog house, a true testament to refined craftsmanship. This splendid edifice welcomes you with dual porches, perfect for leisurely summer lounging.

Access the lower-level canine suite through a convenient doggy-door, or accompany your pet for a brisk walk up the exterior staircase leading to the second-floor porch. This porch is a remarkable feature, showcasing intricate railings and authentic Victorian woodwork.

The ingenious design extends to the sturdy second-floor play area, a welcoming space for both pets and their human companions. Detailed railings ensure safety while maintaining the aesthetic appeal of the design.

The exterior is embellished with elegant Victorian-era details and a tasteful two-tone paint job that pays homage to the timeless charm of this vintage architectural style. For a complete look, consider adding shutters, exterior lights, and further Victorian accents.

To elevate this luxurious pet home, think about installing heated floors and incorporating interior and exterior lighting. This ensures that the space remains comfortable and enjoyable throughout the day and into the evening, truly a property that both pets and owners will love.

Presenting a spacious Caribbean-inspired dog house, an ideal addition to any beachfront property, poolside area, or expansive backyard. This unique canine retreat is designed with a touch of tropical flair, promising to elevate any outdoor space.

The charming exterior features functional shutters, enabling you to control the light and airflow inside the dog house. Multiple doggy doors ensure ease of access for your furry friend while facilitating good ventilation. A welcoming front porch provides a quaint space for your pet to lounge and greet guests.

The property can be painted to match your main residence, creating a cohesive aesthetic appeal. Alternatively, select a color palette that complements the natural beauty of your garden or backyard, blending seamlessly into the landscape.

Offering both style and practicality, this Caribbean dog house is more than just a pet home; it’s a statement of tasteful exterior design. Your pet’s comfort and enjoyment are at the heart of this delightful property, promising a unique and stylish outdoor retreat.

Multi-Purpose Garage & DIY Dog Spa

Introducing a multi-purpose garage and dog haven, ingeniously designed for versatility and functionality. Not only does this floor plan accommodate one or two vehicles, but it also incorporates an expansive, carefully considered dog space.

Envision a canine spa, a dedicated boarding area, or a personalized dog room in this innovative layout. The exterior features a covered porch, creating an ideal lounging spot for your beloved pet to relax and enjoy the outdoors.

Stepping inside, you’re welcomed by an open expanse that promotes endless customizations. A bounty of storage space awaits for all your pet’s toys and accessories. A thoughtfully designed grooming center allows for hassle-free maintenance of your pet’s appearance. Dedicated crate space provides a comfortable sleeping area, while a convenient pet shower ensures cleanliness and hygiene.

The floor plan allows you to mold the space according to your specific needs. Featuring a rear door, which ideally leads to a pool or a sprawling backyard, this area provides a perfect mix of indoor luxury and outdoor fun for your furry companion.

With its well-planned design, this garage and dog space transcends its functional purpose, becoming a home within a home for your pet.

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