Six Steps to Build a Wooden Dog House

Building a small wooden dog house for your dog is a relatively easy at home project that you can do with little to no carpentry experience previously. A dog house is a great place for your dog to rest and enjoy the shade on a hot summer day. It's also an attractive fixture that can help to spice up and personalize your lawn. To build a wooden dog house that looks good and for a small amount of money, read on for a brief step by step guide.

Step 1 -- Collect the Proper Materials and Tools

You'll need the following tools and materials in order to build your dog a wooden dog house:

  • Base material (4 foot square treated wood panel)
  • Frames and sides material (2 foot by 4 foot planks of treated wood x 8)
  • Thin plywood sheets
  • Power drill with screwdriver bits
  • Screws and nails
  • Hammer
  • Tar paper
  • Level
  • Sandpaper
  • Saw

Step 2 -- Design the Dog House

On paper, draw out what you hope the dog house will look like. Traditionally, the dog house consists of a small base platform with sides that extend upwards vertically. The roof can either be slanted or it can be flat. If you tend to have a lot of snow or rain, it's probably better to plan on a slanted roof.

Step 3 -- Select and Measure the Ground

Pick a spot for the dog house that appears to be flat. Use the level to determine if it is, in fact, completely flat. If not, you may need to do a small landscaping project to move dirt around until you do get a flat foundation area for your dog house that is as large as the base of the house is.

Step 4 -- Lay the Foundation and Sides

Lay down the flat panel for the base on the ground. This will serve as a foundation for the doghouse. Next, hammer or screw the flat plywood boards onto the base panel to serve as the floorboards of the dog house. Finally, set the base panels up so that they are perfectly vertical (use the level, if necessary) and nail them in to the base panel as well. You should now have a doghouse that has three walls on it and a set of floorboards.

Step 5 -- Create the Doorway

Saw out a doorway from the last panel in order to give your dog adequate room to access the house. This can be as large or as small as you want, but make sure that your pet will be able to fit. Sand down the edges of the panel and nail or screw it into place at the front of the house.

Step 6 -- Build the Roof

Finally, build the roof out of the two remaining panels. These can be slanted up at any angle that you'd like. Attach them with nails or screws. Lay down tar paper on top of the roof to help prevent it from being damaged by the elements or by birds that might land on it.