DIY Project: How To Build A Basic Doghouse.
January 29, 2014

The prospect of building your own doghouse for your furry friend really shouldn’t scare you too much. All in all, it’s a pretty basic DIY project, suitable for even the absolute beginner. This doesn’t mean you couldn’t use the extra help though, right? If you’re looking for exactly that, read on. Here are the basic steps you’ll need to go through in building your very own basic doghouse.

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1. Draw up a plan

Before you even consider making a trip to the supply store, it’s vital that you have a plan in hand. Why? Because as the saying goes, “if you fail to plan, you fail to plan!”. This is true in all things in life, even when it comes to building your very own doghouse. Your plan doesn’t need to be that spectacular, nor detailed though. Just a simple design with 4 walls and a roof, plus rough measurements, is enough to get you started.

2. Cut the pieces

With your plan in hand, it’s then time to make a trip to the supply store for your materials. Make sure you choose wood that’s well suited for the outdoors (it needs to withstand the onslaught of the elements); the same goes for all the other materials that make up your design (e.g., hinges and paint). Whilst at the store, you may need to purchase the appropriate power tools (pay a visit for a look at the range of tools that can help you on your DIY project). Whether you have the right power tools or not, just make sure you use them safely.

3. Preassemble your canine masterpiece

Before you even reach for the glue, or hammer and nails, make sure you preassemble your soon-to-be doghouse to make sure everything comes together. It’s at this stage that problems may arise, so don’t be too alarmed if they do. You may need to make a trim here or there, or completely re-work your design. No dramas. This is all part of the process, and hopefully any mistakes you make will serve as important lessons for the future.

4. Put it all together

Once everything fits, it’s then time to permanently attach all the pieces together. Whether you use a nail and hammer, or glue, ensure you start from the bottom of the doghouse and work your way up. Why? As the roof will extend past the perimeter of the housing structure, it’s easier to adjust the length of the roof than the housing unit. And as always, be careful with the tools you use, and always wear protective gear.

5. Finish it off

Once your doghouse is built, it’s then time to finish it nicely. A couple of coats of high-quality, weather resistant paint should be all that’s required to put the finishing touches on your brand new doghouse. Of course, you may want to consult with your furry friend in regards to the colour of paint. It is his (or her) home after all!

Building your very own doghouse is easy, and you can build it from scratch over a single weekend. It’s a great introductory project into the world of DIY, and the skills and lessons you’ll learn along the way will surely help you in your future DIY pursuits.