How to Build a Dog House

Here's directions for one of the most popular projects on this Website. No wonder, who doesn't want a special place for their special friend? Follow the step-by-step instructions to build a dog house kit with ease.

By Gene and Katie Hamilton

Tools Required

  • Table saw
  • Electric screw gun
  • Hammer

Materials Required

  • (2) PT 2x4x8's
  • (3) 2x4x8's
  • (1) 15/32"x4'x4' B-C grade plywood
  • (2) 19/32"x4'x8' T1-11 plywood siding with 4" on center grooves
  • (1) 1x2x8'
  • 42" Metal flashing pre-bent at 90 degree angle
  • Galvanized finish nails
  • Galvanized deck screws
  • Wood glue
  • Stain or paint

Before You Begin

Before cutting, layout on plywood as shown, centering front and rear siding on grooves.

  • Step 1 : Use the diagram to lay out the roof, sides, front and rear and sign.

    Cut these parts from the (2) PT 2x4x8's:

    • 2 Front and rear bases, each 30" long
    • 1 Center floor joist 33" long
    • 2 Side bases, each 33" long
  • Step 2 : Cut these parts from the (3) 2x4x8's:

    • 1 Roof ridge brace 36" long
    • 4 Corner studs at 24 1/2" tall, cut 45 degree miter on one end of each each
    • 4 - Fascias at 28" long, Cut 45 degree miter on one end of each
  • Step 3 : Cut this part from the 15/32"x4'x4' B-C grade plywood:

    1 Floor 30"x36"

  • Step 4 : Cut these parts from the (2) 19/32x4'x8' T1-11 plywood siding with 4" on center grooves

    • (2) Side siding at 22 1/2" high x 36" wide
    • (3) Front and rear siding at 38" high x 31 1/4" wide"
    • (3) Front and rear siding at 38" high x 31 1/4" wide"
    • (1) Roof at 28 7/8" x42"
    • (1) Roof at 29 1/2"x42"
    • (1) Name sign at 3/5/8"x10" (cut in grooves) if desired
  • Step 5 : Cut these parts from the (1) 1x2x8'

    • (2) Door jamb casing at 15", cut miter at 221/2 degree
    • (3) Door head casing at 10", cut miters at 221/2 degree and 45 degree
    • (1) Door sill casing at 11"
    • (1) Threshold at 11 "
  • Step 6 : Assemble the parts

    Nail base boards together, lapping front and rear over sides. Add a central joist at midspan. Screw plywood floor on top of the base. Then screw sides to short side of corner studs, lapping the siding 2" over the bottom of the studs. Leave 1/2" of the top of the stud exposed.

    Screw the back and front siding to corner studs, lapping front and rear over sides. Add the roof ridge brace by nailing through the front and back siding flush in the angle of the peak. Set the assembly over the base and screw together.

    Nail fascia through plywood to corner studs and screw siding to fascias from inside. Screw roofs to fascias and ridge brace, lapping larger roof over smaller at the ridge. Nail flashing over ridge and Nail casing around the door. Nail sill flush with the floor and nail the threshold to cover the crack at the sill and flour.

    Finish the exterior with stain or paint. Design and Illustrations courtesy of Georgia-Pacific