Reader Project: How to Build the Ultimate DIY Dog House
Reader Corey Hosick built the ultimate shelter for his two German Shepard dogs. It’s equipped with so many bells and whistles for his fur babies. Check out all of the great photos from Corey!
Lexi-Lou and Ranger-Roo are Corey Hosick’s German Shepard fur babies. There isn’t anything he wouldn’t do for them. So he built them the ultimate shelter to not only protect them from the elements, but to provide the creature comforts of home. Here is his process.
The frame of the dog house is made from two 4w9 I beams crossed with 3×5-in. and 2×2-in. square tubing with brackets I made to then tie in the wood for the build up. Using old scraps was challenging on some levels due to warped boards. I then used 4 PT 4×4’s for the uprights, and then jointed my horizontal beams to fit on top of my four posts.
I originally put the house on wheels, but once it was time to move the house to a permanent location, the wheels failed in the soft dirt. I then used my Bosch laser level to set and level the cinderblock foundation. That house is probably the most level house in town!
There is running water to fill a stainless steel automatic water bowl. I didn’t think I would have liked the look of PEX or PVC in view front the front porch, so I improvised with a classic copper method. It was my first time sweating a copper pipe and I am proud to say, no leaks the first time around!
The house features a 70-ft. 12/3 extension cord to an exterior single-gang box with an exterior toggle switch that is the main switch for the house, which more or less controls the porch light. It also has an additional switch for the two interior lights.