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Free Doghouse Plans
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Dog House Plans

This doghouse is designed with the beginner in mind. It might even be a good project to involve the kids. The entire project requires only one sheet of plywood, two 2"x4"s and one 2"x2". All of these materials are available at your local hardware store. We have prepared a cut list on page 2 to assist you in cutting and assembling the doghouse. 

1PC -  4'x8' Exterior Grade Plywood Sheathing (5/8" thick)
2PC -  2"x4"x8' Pressure Treated
1PC -  2"x2"x8' Untreated
1 Box - 16d nails
1 Box -  1-5/8" Galvanized Deck Screws
1 Quart - Exterior Grade Paint

This doghouse plan is very easy to build and requires a minimum number of tools. Most beginners should be able to finish the project in a day. The only tools required are:

Tape measure
Circular saw or table saw
Drill - with drill bit and screw driver bit
Spade Bit (3/4" or larger)
Paint Brush
Safety Glasses
Carpenters Square

There are a couple of important considerations when building and designing a doghouse. Please keep these in mind if you plan to modify the plans to fit your needs.

1. Don't use pressure treated wood on any parts the dog may chew.
2. The doghouse should be raised from the ground to keep out moisture and help insulate the dog from the cold.
3. The doghouse should be large enough for the dog to comfortably turn around but small enough to retain the dog's body heat.

We decided to cover the roof of this doghouse with cedar shingles. A simpler, less expensive option is to paint the top of the doghouse or use asphalt shingles.

The doghouse should be built from an exterior grade plywood. Most of the plywood you will find at your local hardware store is not exterior grade. Exterior grade plywoods have special glues that prevent the layers from coming apart when they get wet. Do not use Pressure Treated (PT) plywood, it contains preservatives that can be toxic to your dog. The best material to use is an exterior plywood sheathing. This wood is designed to be used on the outside of a home. It has a "rough cut" surface with grooves cut into the surface for decoration. We used exterior grade sheathing that has the grooves 4" apart. You can also get the plywood with grooves 6" apart. 

The edges of exterior grade sheathing are "tongue-n-groove". This means that there is a little lip on one edge that fits in the groove on the opposite side of an adjoining piece of plywood. We do not need these parts and will cut them off of the plywood sheet. You might want to ask a salesperson at the hardware store to do this for you before you leave. All plywood parts of the doghouse are assembled using 1-5/8" decking screws.

Because the foundation of the doghouse will sit on the ground we used pressure treated 2"x4"s. It is unlikely that the dog will chew these boards however if you think your dog may gnaw on them you may want to use untreated wood and paint it. We also drilled 1" holes in all sides of the base to allow ground moisture to evaporate and prevent rotting. The foundation is nailed together using 16d nails.

The roof to this doghouse is designed to be removable. This will allow for easy cleaning of the interior areas.

Front Porch
The front porch is a nice touch to this design. Our dogs love to hang out on the porch in the shade. If you prefer you can easily leave this part off.

Porch Posts
The porch posts are made from untreated 2"x2"s. 


Page 1 - Introduction
Page 2 - Assembling the Doghouse


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