Choosing dog house plans
Building a small dog house is a simple but useful project, as it will both protect your pet from bad weather and give you the opportunity to learn new woodworking skills. If you pay attention to the instructions described in this article, you can get the job done by yourself in just a few hours, using common materials and tools. A dog that plays outside often will be healthier and less prone to get obese, so building an outdoor shelter is the best thing you could do for it.
From our own experience, we recommend you to select the dog house plans with great attention and according to the size of your pet. In other words, your dog should have enough space to turn and sit inside the wooden box. In addition, if you live in a cold area, you should consider insulating the dog house, as to create a proper climate for your pet. Moreover, check if all the screws are inserted properly and make sure there are no exposed sharp edges that could injure your dog.
Building the floor frame
The first step of the construction project is to make the floor of the dog house. As you can see in the image, you need to make the frame using 2x4 pressure treated lumber. Cut the joists at the right size with a circular saw. Drill pilot holes trough the rim joists before inserting the 3'' screws, to prevent the wood from splitting.
Make sure the corners of the frame are right-angled, before fitting the 3/4'' plywood floor. Check if the plywood sheet is flush with the frame and secure it into place with 2'' galvanized screws. The head of the screws should be at the same level with the floor, otherwise your dog might get injured.
Installing the wall frames
The next step of the woodworking project is to build the wall frames, using 2x2 pressure-treated lumber. Cut the components at the right size and assemble them together on a level surface. Drill pilot holes trough the plates and drive 2 1/2'' wood screws into the studs. Place the wall frames on the floor and check if the exterior edges are flush with the flooring. Plumb the walls with a spirit level and secure them into place with wood screws.
Afterwards, build the rafters using 2x2 lumber and secure them into place with 2 1/2'' decking screws. Next, install the ridge board as in the image and lock all the components together with 2 1/2'' screws. Afterwards, attach the exterior walls to the framing and secure them with 1 1/4'' nails. Generally speaking, you could use 1/4'' up to 3/4'' thick plywood to build the exterior walls.
Don't forget to cut out a large door opening, otherwise your dog might not have enough room to enter the wooden shelter. Drill a starting hole and make the cuts with a jigsaw. Smooth the cut edges with a sanding block.
Finishing the dog house
Continue the project by fitting the roofing sheets and secure them into place with 2'' screws, every 4'' along the rafters. Cover the roof with tar paper before installing the asphalt shingles. If you want to enhance the look of the small dog house, you should fit 1x4 trims to the front and back gable faces. In addition, attach trims to the ends of the rafters, on both sides of the dog house.
Last but not least, you should fill the holes with wood filler, let it dry out for several hours and smooth the surface with a sanding block. If you want to protect the wooden components from decay, we recommend you to cover them with several coats of paint.