There are simple dog house plans available on several different web sites. In fact, some of them can actually be downloaded, printed out and used immediately, including this one. Before you order any plans, make sure you have done your home work and know what to look for in simple dog house plans.
For example, There may be building codes in your that restrict what you can and cannot build on your property. If there are building codes in your area, be sure you understand them before ordering any simple dog house plans.
Consider your skills as a carpenter. If you are not an experienced do-it-yourselfer, you might be better off either buying a dog house kit or a complete dog house.
Measure your dog’s height and length so you can build the the right size. If you build the house too small, your dog will be uncomfortable and may not want to use it. Build it too big, and your dog may not be able to stay warm when the weather grows cold. Most of us like houses where there is at least 2 feet of air up over our heads -- in order to avoid feelings of claustrophobia. You should allow your dog the same amount of airiness which means the ceiling or roof of the dog house should be about 1/3 higher than the height of the dog.
If you live in an area that gets cold in the winter, look for a plan that either includes a partial wall or is large enough that you can add a partial wall. This is so that the dog can escape the elements as necessary. That way, if the weather is bad, the dog can choose to either sleep in the entry room or go around the inner wall into its "inner sanctum" for more warmth.
Even a simple dog house plan should have a hinged roof. If not, ask yourself how easy it would be to add hinges? This is important because it makes for easy cleaning. Every time you clean your dog, you should also clean its house and change its bedding.
Here are three sources for simple dog house plans that I believe are worth evaluating.
Simple Dog House Plans And More
Simple Dog House Plans plus over 16,000 other project plans helps with your DIY projects. This is an excellent choice. You receive some great plans for a fraction of a penny each. This can keep a hobbyist busy for the next 20 years.
Sparky I Dog House
This site offers a free dog house plan rated "intermediate," so the house should be easier to construct than the one offered by Lowe's. It's called the "Sparky," and features an insulated floor, roof, and walls, a removable roof for ease of cleaning, a cedar deck with roof, an optional inner wall, and solid construction throughout. The plan includes a drawing and materials list, and information on the four steps required to build it. The dog house drawing makes the project look fairly simple. The instructions are easy to follow and are illustrated with photos.
Economy “snoopy style” wood dog house
This classic A-Frame Snoopy-style dog house is constructed from 3/8" exterior grade plywood and assembles easily with bolts, wing nuts and t-nuts that are pre-installed. Screened vents in the front and rear provide cross-ventilation for a cooler living environment. It is available in a range of sizes to accommodate small to large dogs.
Simple dog house plans
This simple dog house plans come from a web site in the U.K. called Flower Pot Heaven. But don’t let the name fool you. These are easy-to-follow plans with good sep-by-step instructions and helpful diagrams. The simple dog house plans can be customized – if you want something a bit fancier, and there is an list of materials and tools required.
If you find building isn't your thing, click here to find a number of already constructed dog houses for sale.
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