Before you get too excited by this blogs title, I had better clarify, it’s Chumlee’s house that is finished, not ours.
It’s getting cold in the mountains now and with a bitter wind the last 2 nights our 16 week old puppy has been a little chilly. His bed is on the back verandah, which is sheltered from the rain, but the wind rips right through the valley our verandah faces.
This sudden change of weather has forced a snap decision to build a dog house. I would have loved to design and build one of my own original ideas, but to save time and bother I bought a kit that isn’t far off what I wanted;
Aaron’s Outdoors Large Dog House
I know this is cheating, I don’t feel good about it either, but hopefully this quick project gives ideas to those wanting to build a doggy chateau.
Yellow tongue flooring (ironically) is used for the floor. Depending on the size you need, this may need to be joined with blocks as sheets are only 900mm wide
Try to find a helper that won’t slobber on everything
These prefabricated walls make it easy, but to build them yourself shouldn’t be too difficult. The frame is 4×2 timber ripped down to 2×2.
The cladding is rough sawn treated pine, which is cheap, but you could use any other type of cladding depending on how fancy you want to be.
The door surround is hardwood, Jarrah to be exact, so it won’t rot or wear easily.
Screw the walls together with 75mm galvanised screws. These are hex heads, but any would do, as long as they are galvanised or stainless steel.
After all the walls are screwed together, fasten them into the base, going right through the flooring into the blocks
At this point you could put a flat roof on top, but I think a pitched roof looks better.
So add some gables to the front and back to form the pitch. No need for structural style trusses here, the gable walls are enough. Note the timber blocks added to hold the roof in place.
Next comes the roof sections, with batons for screwing the roof sheet down and treated pine ends.
They have really gone all out with fancy timber work here. This piece holds the two roof sections together.
Colourbond roof sheets are fitted next, keeping them about an inch away from the sides for the water to drain. I used an off cut of flooring to space it as you can see.
Finally screw the roof capping on and you’re done!
Chumlee doesn’t like it yet, and even though we threw all his blankets and toys inside he won’t have a bar of it.
Maybe when it drops below 10 degrees he will appreciate it more?!