Dog House Project: Part 1

January 14th, 2015

Winter has arrived, bringing the bitter cold and dampness that can be hazardous to the health and well-being of your outdoor pets. Many dog breeds are sensitive to severe cold and are at risk for frostbite and hypothermia if left unprotected from extreme low temperatures. Exposed noses, ears, and paw pads can quickly freeze and suffer permanent damage. Although it is ideal to keep your pets indoors during the winter months, it is not always possible.

If for some reason your furry family member is outdoors for any length of time during the winter months, make sure he or she stays safe and warm by providing weather protected, draft-free shelter. Your dog needs a warm, dry home that is large enough to allow him or her to sit and lie down comfortably, but small enough to hold body heat.

Over the next few weeks, Patriot Timber is going to take you through the process of building a well-insulated, weather protected dog house. We have a lot of love for our fur babies and want to share this project to demonstrate how easy it is and inspire you to take precautions for protecting your beloved pets.




Supplies you will need for this creative, cost-effective project:
1 – 2’x4’ x 8’ or 10’ board – use 10’ only if you plan to add a center support to the base
1 – 2’x2’ x 10’ board
2 – 32” x 20” IronPly® Soffit panels – for roofing panels
2 – 24” x 28” SurePly® plywood underlayment panels – for front and back panels
2 – 16” x 26” SurePly® plywood underlayment panels – for side panels
1 – 26” x 22 ½” sheet of RevolutionPly® plywood – for interior floor
1 – bundle of 3-tab asphalt shingles
Approximately 70” of 15 lb. felt roofing paper
1 – box of 3/8” galvanized staples
1 – box of ¾” galvanized roofing nails
1 – box of 1 ¼” galvanized wood screws
3” galvanized wood screws – approximately 12
Low VOC paint or stain

Tools needed for this project:
– Hand stapler     – Sawhorses
– Framing square    – Hammer
– Miter saw     – Clamps
– Orbital sander    – Medium-grit sandpaper
– Jig saw with cross-cut blade   – Electric drill
– Assorted drill bits, countersink bit, and screw-driving bits
– 1-3/8” spade bit with spur cutters
– Utility knife with regular blades and shingle cutting hook blades
– Circular saw with plywood cutting blade




Join us next week for Part 2 of this fun, pet-friendly project!

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