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 ๐Ÿ™‚ 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!


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.

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




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


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.


Here is the frame assembled.


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


Easy enough ๐Ÿ™‚


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


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


Now for the legs!


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


The legs will look like โ€œLโ€™sโ€.


Then, attach the legs to the frame with 2 1/2โ€ 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 โ€œLโ€ will be on the sides (long) of the house.


Here it is with the legs attached.


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 1/4โ€ finish nails and glue.


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


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


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 1/4โ€ 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).


The sides will look like this.


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.


Here’s the roof assembled!


Attach the roof to the house with 2 1/2โ€ 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.


I ran a 2×3 along the top of the legs (on the sides, above the new angle pieces) and attached them with 2 1/2โ€ 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.


Finally, attach one side of the roof slats.


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.


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


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? ๐Ÿ˜‰

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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 toย THREEย lucky winners!ย All you have to do is follow the instructions in the box below! There are 3 chances to win too!

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  1. Mary McBrayer on July 22, 2015 at 8:16 pm

    Definitely build this house for my little guy. He loves to be outside with us! Would also build a new dining table, console table, cabinets for our laundry room and new closet systems. Just bought a house that needs a lot of updates!

  2. Ivonne Lavin on July 22, 2015 at 7:58 pm

    I would def build this house, perhaps build two one for the pets and one for my daughter because who said its only for the pooches

  3. Bekah on July 22, 2015 at 7:44 pm

    I would build a built in bench for our bay window.

  4. Yesenia on July 22, 2015 at 7:33 pm

    I would built a doggie house for my dog sonic, built a book case and a picnic table for my back year!!

  5. Brittany Mullins on July 22, 2015 at 7:29 pm

    I would build a farmhouse dining table for sure!

  6. Matthew Peck on July 22, 2015 at 6:44 pm

    Love it! Need to make this for my Sadie!

  7. Joy Donehue Brecheisen on July 22, 2015 at 5:39 pm

    Love this! I would love those tools to do this and other projects!

  8. corgihart on July 22, 2015 at 5:34 pm

    Super cute dog hut! Oh I could use these Ryobi tools. I have a whole list of Shanty projects. I started off small making the address post and garden hose holder. I’m ready to tackle the bigger projects ๐Ÿ™‚

  9. Stephanie Klemm on July 22, 2015 at 5:27 pm

    First thing would either be a bench for under our big window or dog crate for our pups.

  10. Jen H on July 22, 2015 at 5:27 pm

    I would use the tools to finish making my chicken coop and new office furniture. I also might try making this adorable dog house as well. Thanks!

  11. Heidi Smith on July 22, 2015 at 5:24 pm

    I have a long list of things to build with these tools!! ๐Ÿ™‚ Probably my first project would be an entryway storage bench.

  12. Steph Ralph on July 22, 2015 at 5:09 pm

    I would use these tools for quite a few things, fixing the old house that I just bought, making furniture for it, and making that fun dog house that my pup Mac would absolutely love!!

  13. Noelle on July 22, 2015 at 5:05 pm

    Wow, this is so cute! I just wish I had the space. I really would like to make a good standing desk (but no tools) I work from home and boy do I get tired of sitting down all the time.

  14. Barbara Pierce on July 22, 2015 at 5:04 pm

    I would love to build a deck for my back yard.

  15. Shannon on July 22, 2015 at 5:02 pm

    We just got married and are moving into a new home. I have been wanting to build your farmhouse table for awhile. Now I want this dog house and everything else!

  16. Robert on July 22, 2015 at 4:59 pm

    Awesome dog bed! Would love to build a deck and outdoor seating and table with those awesome RYOBI tools.

  17. Gabby Gann on July 22, 2015 at 4:57 pm

    I would build this dog house or the plank wall! Love them both!!

  18. JennW on July 22, 2015 at 4:54 pm

    I would love to build a new bed frame!

  19. Beth Dover on July 22, 2015 at 4:42 pm

    So far on my list of things to build are a desk, media center, and now this adorable dog house! I’ve got friends with 2 little pups, and I’d adjust the sizing for my 50lb pup who could use a comfy covered spot outside ๐Ÿ™‚ Thanks for the plans!!

  20. Susan DuBois on July 22, 2015 at 4:33 pm

    Love the dog house! My three dogs would be fighting for it! I just discovered Ryobi tools at Haven this past weekend. I’m sold! I would love to install hardwood floors in my closet using Ryobi tools.

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