Estimated Cost: $$$$
Total: 10 hours
This sturdy house will keep your best friend warm and dry, and you'll have fun making it.
The design features a covered porch, overhung gabled main roof, and five windows to allow for air circulation and provides a view of your furry friend's whole domain. The raised floor and gabled main roof keeps loyal companions protected from rainy weather.
This plan will accommodate large dogs and small dogs alike. Its sturdy construction and quality materials will protect for years to come.
Arrange parts (A) and (B) as shown and fasten together with 6" wood screws.
Lay parts (C) on top of the foundation with about a ¼" gap between each board. The floorboards should overhang the foundation by 1" all the way around. Attach with 3" wood screws.
Lay out and attach the first and last board so that they overhang about an inch. Then lay out the remaining middle boards and adjust for even spacing throughout before attaching these.
This wall assembly will be created flat on the ground, and then it will be lifted into place and attached to the floorboards.
Create a box with two parts each of (D) and (E). Fasten them together with 3" deck screws.
Insert part (G) so that it’s centered between parts (E). Fasten them together with 3" deck screws.
Insert part (F) into the wall assembly. See diagram for spacing. Note: It is not centered within (G). Fasten with 3" deck screws.
Create two window boxes with parts (F) and (H). See diagram for spacing. When these are complete, insert them into the wall assembly as shown and attach with 3" deck screws.
Turn completed assembly 90˚ and position it on the floorboards as shown. It should be 1 ¾" from the right edge and ¾" from the back edge of the platform. Attach with 3" deck screws.
Repeat Right Wall (all of Steps 3-8) to make an identical Left Wall.
To tie the walls together, use three parts (I). Fasten with 3" deck screws.
Create a window box with parts (F) and (J). See diagram for spacing. When this is complete, insert it into the wall assembly as shown and attach with 3" deck screws.
Position two parts (K) at the bottom corners of the left and right walls. Attach to the floorboards with 3" deck screws.
At the inside of each part (K), place a part (L) vertically and attach with 3" deck screws.
Place part (M) on top of parts (L) and attach with 3" deck screws.
Finally, place part (I) at the top corners of the left and right walls. Fasten with 3" deck screws.
Starting at the front edge of the right wall, align part (N) so that it is flush with parts (E). Attach with 2" deck screws. It will be screwed into the wall framing behind.
Use screws at the top, middle, and bottom of each piece. Continue with parts (O) - (Q), making sure there are no gaps between them.
Repeat Right Wall to make an identical Left Wall.
Join two parts (R) together as shown using 3" deck screws. Repeat this twice so that you have three assemblies.
To tie these three assemblies together, use parts (S). Refer to the diagram for exact placement. Fasten together with 2" deck screws. You’ll need to toenail the screws.
When the roof framing assembly is complete, have a friend help you lift it and place it on top of the walls. It should be flush with the front and back walls.
Use 3" deck screws to fasten the roof framing assembly to the walls, starting by securing it to parts (R) and then to parts (S) for added stability.
Starting at the left edge of the back wall, attach part (T) with 2" deck screws. It will be screwed into the wall framing behind. Use screws at the top, middle, and bottom of each piece.
Continue with parts (U), (Y), and (Z), making sure there are no gaps between them.
To frame each window on the side walls, you’ll need four parts (AA). The window on the back wall requires two parts (AA) and two parts (BB).
Place each trim piece so that it is flush with the inside edge of the window cutout and attach. For a clean look, finishing nails are recommended, but 2" screws will work as well.
Position part (DD) on the front wall. The bottom edge should be 27" from the floorboards, and it should be centered vertically on the wall. Attach with 2" deck screws.
Join two parts (R) together as shown using 3" deck screws.
In the center of each part (R), attach part (CC) with 3" deck screws. Then attach this assembly to the back wall as shown. The top edges of parts (R) should be flush with the other roof framing you’ve already installed.
Repeat the previous two steps for the front wall.
Remove the second-to-last floorboard by unscrewing its fasteners and setting it aside. Attach part (EE) to each end of this floorboard 2" in from the edge with 3" wood screws.
To tie the parts (EE) together, use part (FF). It should fit into the notches and be attached with 3" deck screws.
Lift this assembly back into place and reattach it with the rest of the floorboards.
Place part (GG) onto the roof supports and attach with 2" deck screws.
Place part (II) onto the ends of the roof supports and attach with 2" deck screws.
Repeat the previous two steps for the other side of the roof.
Place part (HH) on top of parts (DD) and (FF). Butt it up against the front wall, then attach to the supports below using 2" deck screws.
Ease any sharp edges with a medium grit sanding block. Apply preferred finish to the wood.