DIY Project - Building a Large Dog House


The house was started with a 4 ft by 4 ft 3/4 inch plywood. A 4X4 post was put under each side and a 2X4 in the middle, which were all treated lumber.

Dog house floor framing plan

Wall Framing

The walls were framed first with reclaimed 2x4s. A diagram is below for how the wall were framed. 

Dog house wall framing plan

Rafter Framing and Sheathing

Three rafters were built with the pattern below and attached to the walls. The sheathing was cut and install next, which it takes 2 full 4X8 sheets of plywood for the walls. 

Dog house rafter framing plan

DIY dog house wall and rafter framing
DIY dog house wall and rafter framing


We picked up some Kilz exterior paint for the outside of the dog house. The kids selected the color and actually both agreed. It went on very good with 2 coats and took about 1/2 a gallon. 

DIY dog house wall, roof, and painted


The roof was covered with house wrap and then shingles. Premium 25 year three tab shingles from Owens Corning were used because of low cost and durability. Our dog Shadow loves it and often shares it with his stray cat friends.

DIY dog house finished project

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