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DIY Dog House

We’ve creeped over 100 degrees here in Texas and it looks like it’s here to stay for a while! We have a little shih-tzu, whom we named Alvin (our son wanted to name him after the Chimpmunk so that he could yell “ALVIN”) and it was better than most of the other names thrown out there πŸ™‚ He is an inside dog but he wants to be EVERYWHERE we are. The kids have wanted to build him a dog house to get out of the heat but I thought it would be way to hot. So, I designed this Breezy Dog House complete with a fluffy bed, shade and of course, a sign with his name!

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I think we have a happy customer folks! He loves this thing and I had so much fun designing and building it! It was super easy to build and only cost about $70 in lumber!

I designed this house to fit THIS PILLOW that I found on Overstock. I bought the medium size. I hunted for an affordable outdoor dog pillow that was available online for everyone to make things easier. I was the happiest with the look of this and the price and when it came in I was really impressed with the quality.

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You can click the image below or HERE to download the FREE PDF plans and follow along with the step-by-step tutorial below!

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To start, make the cuts for the bottom frame of the dog house.

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Now, assemble the frame by attaching the side (short pieces) to the long (side pieces). I used my 16 – gauge nailer with 2 1/2″ finish nails and wood glue. Put three to four nails on each joint.

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Here is the frame assembled.

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Next, center the middle support board and attach it the same way.

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Easy enough πŸ™‚

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Attach the 1×6 slats to the bottom frame with 2 1/2” finish nails and glue.

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Start with the front and back boards first (these will be flush with the frame) then evenly space the rest of the boards.

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Now for the legs!

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Cut and assemble the legs with 2 1/2″ finish nails and glue.

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The legs will look like β€œL’s”.

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Then, attach the legs to the frame with 2 1/2” wood screws. I used Spax screws to avoid pre-drilling. (The full face of the 2×3 will be on the front and back (short) sides of the frame so that the seam of the β€œL” will be on the sides (long) of the house.

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Here it is with the legs attached.

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Next, attach the 1×4 cedar board on each side of the house. I attached them to the top of the legs, making the top of the 1×4 flush with the top of the legs. Use 1 1/4” finish nails and glue.

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Cut the side angled pieces. These will have 45 degree cuts on both ends and will not be parallel.

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Attach the first board to the inside corner (side of dog house) of the leg with 1 1/4” nails and wood glue.Β Then attach the second board to the opposite corner.

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Finally, pull the top of the angled boards up flush with the top of the 1×4 running across the legs. The boards will overlap. Just glue in between them all and put 1 1/4” nails from the inside of the house all the way through the 1×4 that stretches across the top. (The nails will go through all three boards).

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The sides will look like this.

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Assemble the roof frame according to the plans. The side pieces will be 45 degree cuts on both ends and not parallel. Attach the mitered pieces to the middle 2×4 with wood screws and wood glue. I used Spax screws.

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Here’s the roof assembled!

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Attach the roof to the house with 2 1/2” wood screws and glue. I drilled from the top of the roof into the 2×3 legs on the front and back of the house. The long point on the 2×3 will over hang the leg a bit, allowing the inside of the mitered 2×3 to be flush with the leg.

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I ran a 2×3 along the top of the legs (on the sides, above the new angle pieces) and attached them with 2 1/2” nails and glue. The edge of the 2×3 will be flush with the roof line. This will give you something to nail the roof slats to.

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Finally, attach one side of the roof slats.

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Let them overhang on the top so that they can meet the planks on the other side of the roof. Start with the center board and work your way out.

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Follow up with the other side and use 1 1/4” finish nails and glue everywhere that the planks touch wood.

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Add a chalk board sign and a cute and comfy pillow and your pooch will be the most pampered pet in your neighborhood!

Alvin LOVES his breezy dog house, the kids think it’s awesome and I love how cute it looks in our backyard! That’s a win-win-win right? πŸ˜‰

***This giveaway is now closed. The winners have been emailed. Thanks for playing!

Speaking of winning….Want to build this for your pooch? How about a chance to win the tools that I used to build it? Our awesome friends at Ryobi are giving away these awesome tools toΒ THREEΒ lucky winners!Β All you have to do is follow the instructions in the box below! There are 3 chances to win too!

The first is to leave a comment on this post telling us what you would build with these awesome tools! There are two bonus entries to up your chances! Follow Ryobi and Shanty2Chic on Periscope! *What is periscope? It’s a new live video stream app that let’s viewers comment and ask questions in real time! We just joined and we love it so much πŸ™‚ Whit shared a live dining room tour and I shared my Master bedroom. The videos are only available for 24 hours and then they are deleted but it’s a fun chance for us to share unedited live tours of our home, building tips and answer any questions you might have! It’s so fun and we would love for you to follow us!*

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155 Comments

  1. Kayleigh Larkins on July 22, 2015 at 4:26 pm

    My husband would build us a kitchen table!

  2. Jennifer Bennett on July 22, 2015 at 4:22 pm

    OMG I have a zillion projects in mind, and I can only complete them with THESE TOOLS!! I want to build window casings for the windows on the first floor in my home. I have plans for a new coffee table in the living room, a headboard in my teenage daughter’s dorm room, a sofa table, cornice boards for my dining room windows, a desk for the master bedroom, and flower boxes for my backyard fence!

  3. Sara Tolen on July 22, 2015 at 4:21 pm

    So adorable! I need a new bed frame so that is what I would build with these tools!! πŸ™‚

  4. Sawdust Sisters on July 22, 2015 at 4:18 pm

    Such a stinkin’ cute dog house! I would love to build a picnic table with those tools! ~janice

  5. Elizabeth on July 22, 2015 at 4:17 pm

    I would LOVE to have these tools so that I can build a bedroom set for my parents πŸ™‚

  6. Jennifer Collins on July 22, 2015 at 4:17 pm

    I have been so inspired by this blog!!! I have a list of things I want to build from your blog, but first things first…..the rolling wood organizer!!

  7. Stephanie Lozano on July 22, 2015 at 4:06 pm

    I would love to use these tools to build a desk at my first home, first build ever! :)))

  8. Justin Larkins on July 22, 2015 at 4:04 pm

    I am already stocking tools to build the 4×4 truss table for our dining room but I would love to build this house too!

  9. Susan Grens Hubbard on July 22, 2015 at 4:01 pm

    I am planning on making built in bedside cabinet and shelves…would LOVE to use new tools πŸ™‚

  10. aj gaither on July 22, 2015 at 3:55 pm

    Love your DIYs! Girls rock!!!

  11. Ashlee Burrage Discher on July 22, 2015 at 3:51 pm

    Will look great in our new backyard 😊😊

  12. Michael Gariepy on July 22, 2015 at 3:49 pm

    My wife and I are expecting a son in September. I’d love to build a bed and some shelving for the little guy!

  13. Krystle Montano on July 22, 2015 at 3:42 pm

    I think my mini Aussie would love this bed πŸ™‚ I would definitely make this to put in our new backyard!

  14. Nicole Beutler on July 22, 2015 at 3:38 pm

    I am starting the platform bed for our guest room! First big project I have ever tackled, nervous as all heck starting a big project! Would love some new tools to calm my anxieties!

  15. Raelee on July 22, 2015 at 3:28 pm

    My pup would love this!!! I’m currently building your workbench on casters!!! Love it!!

  16. Lindsey Drennan on July 22, 2015 at 3:22 pm

    I don’t think my dog would fit on this bed!

  17. Kim on July 22, 2015 at 3:18 pm

    I plan on building a outside table and bench for our new patio!

  18. Ka Lee on July 22, 2015 at 3:18 pm

    Definitely building the Factory Cart Coffee Table!!

  19. Kathy G on July 22, 2015 at 3:16 pm

    So cute! If I won, I’d make the outdoor table and benches. Love all your projects! Thanks πŸ™‚

  20. Shari on July 22, 2015 at 3:14 pm

    I would love to build a dining room table and a new bed for my master bedroom!!

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