Dog House Plans

The Illustrated Story of Baby Boo

With Plans to Build a Dog House

Text, Illustrations and Technical Drawings


L.D. Neill


Dog House Plans



Location: Location is very important, be sure the door is facing away from prevailing winds.

Measurements: Measure your adult dog, the house should be large enough for your dog to stand up, stretch, turn around, and lay down comfortably.

The deck area should be as large as the house area. The deck should be high enough for your best friend to crawl under for shade.

Materials: The uprights can be either 2 by 4 or 4 by 4 lumber. The deck frame 2 by 4 lumber, the decking 1 by 6 or what ever fits with a half inch/1 cm spacing.

I don't recommend cedar decking, ants eat cedar when it's in the dark of the dog house. Exterior grade plywood will do for the inside, but it's just as easy to run the decking along the whole length.

The walls are made with half inch plywood, insulted with 2" styrofoam. (use scrap lumber to secure 2 layers of insulation to underside of deck)

The inside walls are insulated and covered with quarter inch paneling.

The door entry is covered with rubber tire inner tube.
A continuous or piano hinge or two T hinges bolted through the plywood, will do to open the roof so one can clean the inside.

Scraps of Steel roofing have been used to cover Baby Boo's dog house.

Note: Some plans suggest a wind break wall inside the door. Good in theory but since your dog has
to keep an eye out by nature, he will not use the house.
Use carpet samples or canvas cloth to cover the door.

The Roof

Roof should be a minimum of 2" longer and wider then the house.
Bolt top flashing down tight on stationary side, loosely on opening side.

Glue insulation to the inside of the roof. That's the tricky part. The roof should be installed before you add the insulation, then you can carve the styrofoam to fit snugly.


Cut identical front and back sections. Cut a hole in the front panel that your dog can easily fit through.

Nail identical front and back sections to outside of the uprights. Side walls to the inside of uprights.

Top of uprights should be flush with the angle of the front and back peaks.

Position insulation and hold in place with friction fit panels. Do the front and back first. It's easier to cut the side panels one at a time to get the right friction fit you need, or your going to be looking for molding to hold the panels in.

Cover door opening with inner tube. Staples or gimp tacks will do.

Use indoor out door carpet for the floor.
Add your dog's favorite blanket.

For more warmth on very cold days, use a covered 60 watt light bulb and drop it inside.




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