Cost to Build a Dog House
Compare the average cost to build a DIY dog house from a kit yourself with hiring a handyman to do the job. Use your ZIP Code to adjust the cost to where you live so you can decide to do it yourself or hire a pro to do the job. Learn what to consider and the steps involved.
Your dog probably has the run of the house, but consider building him or her a personal sanctuary: a doghouse he or she can call their own. You'll particularly enjoy it if you spend time outdoors, where you can watch your pet enjoy his new digs. Before you begin looking at doghouses, consider where you'll build it. Find a spot in the shade where the structure will be out the sunlight and protected from strong winds. The location should provide a good foundation for the house to rest on, with well-drained, level soil. Ideally it'll be located with easy access to the house or patio, so you'll be able to know when your favorite friend has taken up residence and when the water bowl needs a refill.
We were surprised to see so many Web sites devoted to doghouses; we found a nice selection of ready-to-assemble designs at www.doghouses.com. If you want to build a dog house from scratch, type "dog house plans" in a search engine and you'll find several free woodworking plans. You'll also find them sold at lumberyards and home and garden centers.
You can buy a DIY doghouse kit made of cedar components with a raised panel floor for about $110 and assemble it, or you can pay a handyman an additional $199 to put it together. The kits come with all parts cut to size and all the fasteners required for assembly. Figure that it will take about the better part of a day to sort out the precut parts and assemble them. Since the major parts are precut or just need to be cut to length, the job involves sorting out the parts, assembling and then nailing or screwing them together. It will take longer if you choose to paint or stain the house, but you'll be happy you made the extra effort every time you see your furry friend snoozing under its roof.
National Average Cost
Build a Dog House
- DIY 94%
- PRO 6%