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How to build a dog house w/ air conditioning

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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
-electrical outlet
-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). 

 
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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. 
shooby4 years ago
Air conditioning??? Come on, it's a dog.  The passive cooling effects of a shaded space is really enough.  If not, then a quick shave would settle the difference.

Where I live dogs need air conditioning in the summer.... It gets to be 115 degrees outside, last year temperatures where 120. Dogs die of heat stroke a lot where I live.

NEVER shave a dog. Their coats protect them from the heat, naturally. Make sure they are brushed to get the loose hair, but never shave them.
some people love their dogs....
GO HOME, CAT LOVER!
EmeraldOre25 days ago

Totes making this for my chihuahua! And maybe one for my older dog too. They'll probably need it in the summer here, lol.

Mr_Liss2 months ago

Nice, and I don't think I've ever met a dog who cared how tarted up their shelter is. Perhaps you could put some insulation between the studs & joists, and save a bit of electricity? It would be interesting to build a swamp (evaporative) cooler for a dog house, to use even less energy.

tedcapote3 years ago
Good for you doggy you've just got an air conditioning system on your house lol
warzhammerz4 years ago
 A good idea would be to have a detachable roof so you can maintain it easier. 
It could slide in some how!
SGT FISHER4 years ago
my dogs(5) have a 3x3x6 "dog house" with ac also, which BTW is keep in the garage, with their 4x8x1 foot deep hay bed, in the winter we use brood lamps for heat, much safer than heat lamps they can get very very hot, to the point of igniting wood! be carefull. we try to keep teh lamps above there heads when standing, so  they cant burn themselves, gotta take care of teh pups! great job!
rwhorton4 years ago
I also had a heat lamp setup for my dogs.... one of them knocked it down, it burned the doghouse, my yard (as well as three other neighbors yards) broke the kitchen windows (it was on the back porch next to the house) and caused minor smoke damage in my home.

Be careful of heat lamps!!!!!
evix4 years ago

Just laying the PVC on the ground...   tsk tsk

Go to home depot, get a romex connector and a gfci.
Switch the plug for the gfi, and hard wire the ac to the 'load' side.
but hide the cord in some pvc or flex tube... Its your dog.

His safety should come before... AIR CONDITIONING! lol
dirtyseaotter (author)  evix4 years ago

Thanks for your interest.  It would be ideal to switch regular grounded outlet to gfi, but I am lazy.  I considered hard wiring a/c, but I like to unplug things to save energy too much.  Also I hate romex connectors.  The little dogs that stay here were both adopted from neglectful situations, so they have bad teeth and I assume they will not chew through wires... (fingers crossed). 

Squash4 years ago
Nothing really to do with this type of dog house but just a note.  I did not think of this before I started working with animals but you should NOT put blankets, foam, padding, etc., in an outdoor dog house during the winter.  Some cities, it is actually illegal to use things such as this in outdoor dog beds.  What happens is that they get wet, refreeze, then all the dog has is a frozen bed to lay on which means frostbite.  Please pass this on to any friends/family who use these items.  Straw and straw bales is best for insulation and a warm bed.  Also, thank you to everyone who adopts and saves an animal from a shelter!
We build a dog house for my Doberman Ely. We had a heat lamp, a foam pad and a few blankets in there for him. At first he didn't like it so he would drag the stuff out side and sleep on it. The reason we had him in a dog house is he couldn't get up the stairs anymore. 13 is pretty old for a doberman. Everybody but people in uniform he liked for some reason..
your call a $300 vet bill
or a .05 cent 22 round
your call
We used a .30-06 for a blind cat. But he died while i was in Vegas of natural causes and my dad called me about him. He died at 3:21am on a wednesday on the 14th of august. Softest floppy ears you would ever feel.
dam that would vaporizes it
devious694 years ago
I did something similar a few years ago.  I used 1.5" Styrofoam sheets for insulation.  I also used a thermoelectric A/C unit to keep power costs down.  That unit had no internal thermostat so I had to improvise using a Honeywell T775 thermocouple. 

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a chilly 79 degrees? that seems quite warm
You bet it is.  HOWEVER, when it's 110 outside, 79 is is very refreshing, especially under the internal fan - that's a 31 degree difference.  The pug knows, he spends all day in there.  We only keep our home AC at 76 during days in the summer but that's mainly a power thing.  If the thermoelectric AC could do more than 30 degrees differnetial I'd set it lower, but a 30 degree differential keeps the AC running all day.  I may try to upgrade the peltier element this spring to a higher wattage unit to get a little more out of it.
iPodGuy4 years ago
If you are running AC in it, wouldn't you want to insulate it as well?
dirtyseaotter (author)  iPodGuy4 years ago
Insulation would be a great addition to this!  The over-sized air unit hasn't been running alot, but I probably will add some foam.  
Cool Dog (sic) wheres the Dogs flatscreen TV ?

led2354 years ago
 THIS IS COOL!!!!
IS THAT AN IPHONE I SEE IN THE PIC FOR STEP 9!?!!?!?!?
ONCE AGAIN, GREAT STUFF!!!
dirtyseaotter (author)  led2354 years ago
Thanks!  That is my iphone (good eye by the way).  I actually used the level app! 
Bartboy4 years ago
Basically the same for heating....
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