We drove home with a trunk full of lumber and got started that morning. Zippy did not have to miss a single night of sleeping in a house.
Step 1: 3D Model
Step 2: Materials
2x Drills - It is handy not to have to keep switching bits in and out when drilling pilot holes and screwing them in.
Staple gun and staples
Dremel and Bandsaw (special thanks to my grandfathers for each of these)
As for the materials a trip to Lowes, Homedepot or your local hardware shop should cover everything else:
1x box of 2" nails
1x box of 3" nails
1x roll of 4' x 8' screening
1/4" Plywood - A 4' by 8' sheet covered the base and siding while a sheet of plywood from the discount bin for $1 provided the roof. It was then cut up into sections at Lowes so that everything fit into the truck.
Base - 26.5" x 41"
Small Side - 26.5" x 27.5"
Door Side - 23.5" x 41"
Roof - 2x - 26.5" x 21"
9x 2"x2"x8' wood - It turns out that they actually comes out to be more like 1.5"x1.5"x8' which we did not know going in, but it is still plenty strong enough.
Base 2x - 41" 3x - 23.5"
Verticals - 7x - 26"
Diagonals (approx.) - 1x 35"(short) 1x 47"(long)
Roof Base 2x - 41" 2x - 23.5"
Eaves - 4x - 20.5" 4x - 3"
Step 3: Base
Drill everything down with 3-5 screws per segment depending on length. It is best not to drill near the end of anything to prevent any splitting of wood.
Do not worry about any edges that stick out because at the end we will Dremel/Sand everything down.
Step 4: Frame
Step 5: Frame Cont.
Next take the 2x segments intended for the diagonals and place them against the frame where they are going to go. Mark the angles that need to be cut off the end to make them fit snugly into the joint.
Once the long diagonal is in place then you can use one of the 26" verticals to make a mid way support for the back side. The vertical will be cut into 2 segments: one that goes from the base up to the diagonal and another that is on top of the diagonal and goes all the way up to the bottom of the roof base. See the next step for a photo of what it looks like.
Step 6: Screening
Step 7: Roof Frame
Then drill 2 screws per segment (8 total) so that the eaves are connected to the 3" segments and end of doghouse.
Step 8: Covering the Roof
Step 9: Siding and Door
Attach this wall to the side opposite the door and at the 2 edges of the door at the last 2 verticals. Set these verticals up the same way as the corner verticals that were added earlier.
Next using a Dremel cut out a circle from the center of the door with a radius of 6"
Attach the last piece of siding on the remaining wall without screen or a wall already on it.
Lastly attach the door to the wall with 2 hinges. Most any hinge will do, but we put the hinge on the outside so that there is no way for Zippy or her dog collar on it.
Step 10: Painting and Finishing touches
Then as my mom can be seen doing paint the house with whatever color you wish and add all of the personal effects.
The lock on door is optional depending on whether you trust your dog to be left alone roaming the house while you are gone. Fortunately, Zippy has reached the point where she can walk around while we are gone.
Step 11: Finished
I hope that you enjoyed this Instructable to and please let me know about any dog house that you have made/making. This is one of the many projects that I feel works a lot better the 2nd and even better the 3rd time as I learn to make better cuts and install everything in a better order. It all worked out, though, and I have yet to here a complaint from Zippy!