Allen Lau (aka my handy husband) finally agreed to write a post for the nifty nest. Maybe he'll build us a log cabin next!
|A mini ranch style doghouse made of . . .|
|a pile of scrap wood!|
|Create a solid foundation by laying some 2 x 4s (in this case 1-1/2 x 2s) as the base, cut planks to desired length, lay the planks perpendicular, and screw down planks to form a stable platform. My dimensions were around a 3' x 3' square.|
|I made some quick calculations using high school math to figure out the heights of the front and back vertical support beams so that we end up with a roof line that has about a 15° slope from the front to back.|
|For the front of the house, add a rectangular frame for the doorway. Here I made the opening 12" x 18".|
|The completed doghouse! Yay!|
|Add a coat of primer, then a coat of desired color paint. Enlist the help of your kids. I just found some old interior wall paint in the garage. I would suggest using exterior wall paint if you have any lying around.|
|Luna checks out her new digs.|
I did end up having to go to the hardware store to pick up a few items: shingles, roofing nails, galvanized steel deck screws, galvanized nails for outdoors, some right-angled braces. The total cost was about $50 and about 20 hours of sweat and labor.
- Instead of buying tools for one-off jobs, borrow from friends and neighbors.
- Before screwing in planks, especially near the ends of planks or board pieces, pre-drill starter holes that are slightly smaller than the size of the screws; this will prevent any of the wood from splitting.
- Use the good clean sides of the wood for the inside of the house so that your precious pet will not get injured by splinters. Try to remove any dirt and mold that accumulates on the wood. Remove any finishes from old paint or stains so that your pet doesn't ingest them.
- Use screws and nails that are long enough for the material but not so long that they protrude into the interior where your pet may get scraped and injured by the sharp tips.