This is my first instructable! yee haa!
This instructable will detail the dog house I built this summer. This dog house was built for two itty bitty fragile dogs as a safe haven from the bigger dogs and features:
-an air conditioner
-exterior conduit electrical
-large "people" access doors
-small "doggy" window and door
-treated lumber stilt foundation (no termites allowed)
"Rough" (some say lazy I say rough and efficient) construction methods were utilized, but dog house is durable and easily supports myself (190lbs).
Step 1: Designing and costing
The first step was designing the dog house. The dogs using this house are very small so the major factor in this design was my size. This dog house is about as small as possible while allowing space for me to get inside and perform maintenance (filter changing, clean up, dog beds, etc.) or hide. These design sketches have pretty minimal dimensioning and consist of random presentation views, so they should be easy to tweek. If planning on going much larger, stilt (column) supports should be added in grid-like layout at least every 6ft in length and width directions.
Also included in this step was my cost analysis. This dog house cost about $300 (including the air conditioner) and 3 gray hairs.
Step 2: Column Foundation & Floor Frame
After designing and obtaining material, the next step is building the column foundation and floor frame. This seems like two steps, but I built the floor frame first so I could more easily tell where to dig the post holes. The floor frame was built to sketch with support studs at least every 16 inches. This floor frame was positioned on ground where dog house will be located and 1ft deep holes were dug at the left and right of it. The front 2 hole were dug back a bit from the front of the frame to allow for a small porch. The treated post were left a bit long to be trimmed later and the frame was elevated, roughly leveled, and fastened to posts. Frame is not very stable at this point, but additional fasteners will be added at wall frame and plywood steps.