In the Dog House
The ideas are endless for the perfect pooch palace
Peanuts” fans have long known something was a bit odd about Snoopy’s doghouse. As the character became more popular, his house defied conventional physics to accommodate his adventures. It may have seemed normal-sized on the outside, but the interior was enormous. It contained a rec room, pool table, guest quarters, lots of storage space, a library, stairway, ping-pong table and much, much more. Odder still, for all its inner space, Snoopy was almost always depicted sleeping outside, on top of the gable roof.
Real-world doghouses, however, aren’t quite as magical. Nor can they fly and fight the Red Baron. But that doesn’t mean the outdoor hut you build for your pooch can’t be a perfect retreat and look snazzy, too.
Doghouses can be as simple or as extravagant as time, money and personal preference will allow. That said, there are some essential points that have to be considered during the planning process.
Once the house itself is complete, you might take it a step beyond by adding some simple lighting or landscaping. You could also do something quirky or nerdy, like turn your pup’s house into a Lord of the Rings “hobbit hole,” give it a classic art deco look, or even make it a real-life “cartoon” dog house painted with bright colors and framed with stylized, asymmetrical lines and curves.
Let’s Get Started
Make sure the structure is watertight, for obvious reasons, and that the floor is off the ground. The house should be big enough to allow your pup to stand up and turn around, but not so big that it can’t be warmed by body heat. Also, no matter what material you use, be sure to check for exposed nails or staples that could hurt your dog.
Doghouse plans abound on the Internet. You can scale them to fit your particular pooch. Once you pick out a particular design, you’ll need some fundamental tools to do the job. These include measuring tape, paint, nails, hammer, square, circular saw, table saw, masking tape, paintbrush and perhaps a sander. Of course, don’t overlook the standard safety gear of any DIY project: goggles, dust mask and hearing protection.
You can use just about any regular building material for your project, including exterior wood siding, studs for framing, shingles or tin for the roof, plywood and aluminum. You might even repurpose the slats of old unused wood pallets.