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Building a cheap doghouse

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A dog can be just as comfortable in a house that is cheap to build. If you have several dogs, the cost of building multiple doghouses can really add up.

Cut out the door no larger than needed to allow your dog to enter.
Cut out the door no larger than needed to allow
your dog to enter.
Here is one option for a solid, inexpensive doghouse that is also quick and easy to build. You might even already have all the materials you need.

  • One sheet of half-inch thick 4x8-foot cdx plywood, a few 2x2-inch pine boards, a few shingles, and some screws or nails are all the materials you need.
  • The 2x2s form the frame. Extend each of the four 2x2 legs out the bottom to keep the floor of the doghouse from sitting directly on the ground.
  • To help keep rain and snow out of the doorway, extend the plywood roof several inches beyond the doorway wall.
  • Notch out the corners of the floor panel to fit around the 2x2 legs and to rest on the 2x2 floor frame. Let the floor lay unfastened, which allows it to be removed to be cleaned, aired out, or replaced.
  • Tack shingles on the top of the flat (or slightly sloped if you choose) roof, and the dog will also have a perch to sun himself throughout the several years this cozy and inexpensive house will last. Make sure no shingle nails poke through the ceiling.
  • Cut out the door no larger than needed to allow your dog to enter. You can make the doorway square, round, or with a gothic arch.
  • Cut the bottom of the doorway a few inches above the floor. This will help keep the bedding – such as cedar shavings – from being dragged out each time the dog exits.
  • For added weather protection, paint the outside walls.