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 🙂 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 🙂


Attach the 1×6 slats to the bottom frame with 2 1/2” 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 “L’s”.


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 “L” 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 1/4” 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 1/4” nails and wood glue. 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 1/4” 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).


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 1/2” 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.


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.


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 1/4” 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? 😉

***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 to THREE lucky winners! 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 🙂 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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Now that’s a lot to step up your DIY game!! Just follow the instructions in the box below 🙂 Good luck!
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  1. Vick on July 23, 2015 at 5:47 am

    So many things to build. I would start with a linen cabinet for our master bedroom.

  2. monee2000 on July 23, 2015 at 5:46 am

    Oh fun! If use these tools to build a farmhouse table!

  3. rosemary palmer on July 23, 2015 at 5:34 am

    Couldn’t get Periscope to load from here but do follow both.

  4. rosemary palmer on July 23, 2015 at 5:31 am

    I want to build a ladder type book shelf for my dining room. So cute esp with the little B/W Shih-Tzu. Looks so much like my Derby.

  5. Lisa on July 23, 2015 at 5:12 am

    My gosh! What would I build? Well, I’m a single mom and I just bought a house. I already built my farmhouse table, but had to borrow all the power tools from a friend. Trying to furnish my home as inexpensive as possible. So I also plan to build the platform bed for my son, cart for he kitchen, closet organizer, mud room organizer, media center for bedroom and living room, barn door for the bathroom. That’s just what I need right now, sure there will be more. I love your site! I recommend your site all the time. It’s definitely my go to for ideas when I need something!

  6. Jamie K on July 23, 2015 at 5:01 am

    I would love this soo much…I want to build a kitchen island!

  7. Taylor on July 23, 2015 at 4:41 am

    I would love to win this. I would use it to build a dining table and coffee table for our new house.

  8. Brenda Hayes on July 23, 2015 at 4:27 am

    I would love to win this. I would build slide out drawers for my pantry, a new end table to go beside our recliner, a new corner entertainment stand and a pull down garbage can with magazine storage for our bathroom. Thanks for this opportunity. Love your blogs. Keep up the good work.

  9. Patti Welch McGarry on July 23, 2015 at 3:59 am

    I would like to design and build a sewing table for my craft room that suits ME!

  10. Samantha Mangia Scimeca on July 22, 2015 at 11:16 pm

    I would build the sofa/console table!!!

  11. coolmom01 on July 22, 2015 at 10:56 pm

    I would love to make this. But first I have to figure out how to upsize it since my dog weighs 90 pounds. I think he would love it, though.

  12. April R @ Uncookie Cutter on July 22, 2015 at 10:18 pm

    Wow!! Awesome! Great house and I’m sure your little pup is happy :). Thanks for hosting the great giveaway!

  13. Liz Ross on July 22, 2015 at 9:18 pm

    OH MY! What wouldn’t I build?!?! I have already built your farmhouse table and have the lumber to make your floating shelves. I’d love to make this doggy-house and your outdoor dinning table!

  14. Shauna Ramos on July 22, 2015 at 9:04 pm

    Super cute dog house! We have 2 Dachshunds that just might need one of these! Next week we are starting to build my son and daughter twin size loft bed for their rooms! Then we are going to attempt the farmhouse bed that Ana White designed!

  15. Haili Hansen on July 22, 2015 at 9:01 pm

    Soo many things on my build list!! top 3- Farmhouse table, laundry room cabinets, closet organizer. And now I guess I need to add an outdoor hangout spot for our puppy named cozy.

  16. Vanessa D on July 22, 2015 at 8:59 pm

    A sliding miter saw would be wonderful to have. As a lefty I’ve never been fully comfortable with a circular-saw, but there are always projects around the house that need to be done – like the screen I’ve been putting off building to go around my A/C to keep poplar fuzz and other debris out of the unit.

  17. Katina J Wier on July 22, 2015 at 8:57 pm

    Closet makeover

  18. Natasha W. on July 22, 2015 at 8:41 pm

    Our next project is a king sized bed frame with two side tables. The sliding miter saw would come in really handy! Thank you for all the great projects!

  19. Rebecca on July 22, 2015 at 8:34 pm

    I would love to build my son his own bed!

  20. Zoe on July 22, 2015 at 8:34 pm

    I would build the big king size bed!

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