How to build a dog’s house from scratch
Dogs are considered as the man’s best friend. If you treasure your dog, you should consider building a nice house for it to shield itself from harsh climatic conditions. Although dogs feel better and secure in small spaces, it is wise to construct a house that your dog can grow into. It is generally easy for anyone with some basic building skills to build a dog house from scratch. Before embarking on this journey, you will need to assemble the required tools and materials.
Gather the required tools and materials
You will need at least the following tools:
• Measuring tape
• Different saws like; Circular saw, table saw
• Wood screws
• Paint brush
• Dust mask
Plan for the dog house
Always have your dog house floor raised a few inches above the ground. This will not only prevent water from getting in but will also, keep the floor away from the cold and wet ground during the cold seasons. The house should also be big enough to comfortably allow your dog to turn, and also stand upright. Smaller dog houses get heated by the dog’s own body heat and keep it warm during those chilly months.
Consider What to Use for the Base
Dogs require a well-insulated and dry house. While deciding on what to use as the base, consider the following:
The insulation-the base always acts as the foundation of your dog house and creates an air space between the ground and floor acting as insulation for the dog house.
Consider all the external elements that might damage the base in the outdoor environment. If you live in an area that rains often, use a non-toxic, water resistant material and ensure the base is well raised from the ground to avoid flooding.
Build the base
Use pressure-treated timber for the base frame. Depending on the size of a kennel you want to build, cut the base pieces using a circular saw. Ensure you have a dust mask on while cutting pressure- treated timber.
The side pieces should run inside both the front and back pieces to hide the end grain from the front side of the kennel. Assemble the base with on-edge pieces using a countersink bit to pre-drill the pilot holes. Use galvanized wood screws to fasten the pieces together.
Finally, place the bottom panel on the base and ensure the edges flush and that the base is square. Make sure you fasten the bottom to the base with screws. The screw heads should be just below the surface.
Assemble the top pieces
Fasten one vertical corner framing timber to each side panels edge. Always ensure these framing panels are flush with the plywood edge and even with the panel’s top side. Secure every piece with a galvanized screw that has been driven through the plywood into the framing. Set the side panels on the base; ensure both edges of the side panels are flush with the back and front base. Secure all the sides to the base with wood screws every 4-5 inches around the perimeter.
After you are done attaching the side panels to the base, place the assembly on one end. Fix the back panel onto the assembly and ensure the bottom edges are flush. Secure the rear panel to the vertical frame support with wood screws. Do the same for the front panel.
Remember to leave the space for the door.
Attach the roof panels
Fasten the roofing planks to the inner edges of the roof lines of both front and back panels. Put each framing piece halfway between the peak and bottom of the roofline cut. Secure these framings with wood screws.
Position the roof panels and ensure both the front and back overhangs are even and the joint at the roof peak it tight. Screw the panels to the roof framing members using wood screws.
Shingle the roof
You can either decide to use iron sheets or asphalt-impregnated roofing paper to cover the roof. If you decide to go with the roofing paper, staple it in place using a hammer or electric stapler using galvanized staples. Use a knife to carefully trim the edges. Ensure no nail from the roof protrudes into the inside of the house to avoid hurting your dog.
Use single tabs to cap the ridge- this is one-third of a shingle that is cut width-wise. Fold each tab in half and nail it in place to fully cover the doghouse’s ridge. Overlap each ridge cap shingle and cover the nail head of the previous shingle. Use cement to seal the last nail as it will be exposed.
Finish the dog house
Personalize your dog house by painting it. Let it dry completely before allowing your dog in.
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