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Weekend Build: DIY Staircase Dog House

Weekend Build: DIY Staircase Dog House

There are a lot of ways you can go about creating a DIY dog bed, from using an old tire or even an old crib (Making Sleeping Arrangements: Creative Ideas for DIY Dog Beds). But why not save some space and go with a built in dog house.

Kay and her father share with Home Tree Atlas how they built, in 2 days, a DIY dog house under the stairs in her Toronto home.

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TOOLS

  • Nail Gun

A hammer and nails could also work, but a nail gun will make it much easier

  • Jigsaw/Drywall Saw

You’ll need a saw to cut the hole (we used a jigsaw but you can also use a drywall saw) and to cut the wooden boards to size.

MATERIALS

The amount of materials you need will depend on the size of your dog, and how big of a dog house you’ll be building.

  • Pine Tongue And Groove Boards

Enough to cover the inside and outside

  • Wooden Shims

Used to make the shingles on the ‘roof’

  • White L-shaped Trim

Any kind of trim could work here, but we have a lot of it and wanted to tie it in

INSTRUCTIONS

Step 1: Cutting the Hole

Use the stud finder and measure out the size of the hole you want to cut.

Weekend Build: DIY Staircase Dog House - Step 1 Cutting the hole

Step 2: The Interior

The interior of the dog house was fitted with tongue in groove pine boards using a nail gun.

Weekend Build: DIY Staircase Dog House - Step 2 The interior

Step 3: The Door

You want to make the entrance large enough for your dog to be able to fit through it easily – about the height that your dog haunches over. While on the inside you’d want it to be high enough for your dog to be able to stand up in.

Weekend Build: DIY Staircase Dog House - Step 3 The door

Weekend Build: DIY Staircase Dog House - Step 3 The door

Step 4: Nailing on the Outside

The pine boards were then nailed to create the outside of the dog house

Weekend Build: DIY Staircase Dog House - Step 4 Nailing the outside

Weekend Build: DIY Staircase Dog House - Step 4 Nailing the outside

Step 5: Shingles for the Roof

We used wooden shims since they were cheap and didn’t need to be cut. These were nail gunned to the pine boards.

Weekend Build: DIY Staircase Dog House - Step 5 Shingles for the roof

Weekend Build: DIY Staircase Dog House - Step 5 Shingles for the roof

Step 6: Adding the Trim

We took the white trim and added it to the edges of the outside to create a finished look.

Weekend Build: DIY Staircase Dog House - Step 6 Adding the trim

Weekend Build: DIY Staircase Dog House

Weekend Build: DIY Staircase Dog House

Email me at jacob@hometreeatlas.com with photos if you make your own, or if you have any questions.

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March 2, 2016 in Made By HtA
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