DIY Insulated Dog House Build

DIY Insulated Dog House Build


have I ever introduced yall to my dogs
most of you have probably seen running around the background of my videos but
this is totem he’s the smart one of the bunch this is Luke he is the one that
likes to play ready go and this is rooster she isn’t too bright but she is
the biggest love bug around when the dogs aren’t hanging out with me in the
shop they were on this wraparound porch which is great because it keeps them out
of the rain there’s plenty of shade and there’s always a breeze in the summer
it’s wonderful but in the winter it is difficult for them to get out of the
wind and stay warm so this week I’ve built in this doghouse that is big
enough for all three of them to fit inside it’s insulated and the roof is an
access panel to the inside let me show you how I built it this will be an
insulated doghouse so instead of going with my first instinct which was a
plywood body I want with a more of a framing design made from two-by-fours
ripped in half I first sent the 2×4 through my table saw to take off the
rounded edges on both sides then were you dusted the fence and cut them too
roughly in half after getting them cut to width I cut everything to length at
the miter saw I started by deconstructing what will be the two
sides coming up a few inches in a few places to give the house some small feet
to get up off the ground again mine will be under a covered porch and should be
kept dry but you know just in case I’ll be using pocket holes to join things
together and I’m very excited to introduce a new jig to hit the market
that has some really great features on it so on a traditional pocket hole jig
you have three things to adjust the drill block the clamping tension and the
drill bit collar on this joke all of those things are self adjusting so all
you have to do is stick in your material if you want to go from one and a half
inch material to three-quarters of an inch you just clamp the new material
into place and you can see everything automatically adjusts for you you can
use on-board allen key to tighten down on the drill bit collar then you’re
ready to go of course if you want a double check there is an indication
marking on the side and they’re even color-coordinated to the length the
screw you need for that thickness of material it’s pretty sweet if you ask me after getting the pocket holes drilled I
started attaching things even though this house shoulda never seen moisture
it will be outside so I went ahead and use pipe on three since it’s a
waterproof glue after getting one side assembled I repeated the process to
create another next I started working on the front panel first cutting everything
to size drilling in pocket holes then gluing and screwing it in place this
design is very easy to adjust depending on your size of dog that you’re building
it for since I have three and they’re all like to snuggle up together I made
this one long enough to fit all of their beds but also give them room to get
around one another after giving the door in place I thought I should double jack
they could to comfortably fit okay with that test pass I moved on to attaching
the back panel moving things to the floor to have more working room next up was the floor but before putting
in the decking material I threw in some insulation this comes in big four by
eight sheets and is only three quarters of an inch thick
since my framing is one and a half inches thick I cut two panels per
opening and doubled up to fill up the cavity I would use a straight edge and a
box blade or my pocket knife to cut it out and then stick it in place once the
bottom was full but I measured and cut some plywood two-decade I ended up
cutting this piece in half to make and getting into place a little bit easier
and I just made sure to cut it in the center so that I could join the scene to
the fleur-de-lys and now more insulation for the walls to make this step easier I
would cheat and set the panel directly on top of the foam then just trace the
shape I was needing well I’m working on that let me thank this video sponsor
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tracing method works so well I next repeated it for citing for the citing
I’m going with be bored the stuff is a huge pain to paint but it does give it
some good texture and is very lightweight only in B and 3/8 of an inch
thick as you can see I dragged the full sheet over to my work area then just
flip the house around in order to raise all of the sides if you do this
of course just make sure horizontal reference is squared up to the beadboard
so that your panel doesn’t come out with you looking after getting the side
straights they used my Trachsel to cut all the shapes out and then type on
three and Brad nails to stick it in place I started by attaching the two
side panels so that when I cut and attach the front and back panels the
edges of the sides would be covered up with these on the front panel I went
ahead and covered up the opening to the doghouse with the beadboard but after
getting it secured in place I used a large drill bit punch a hole through
then I used a router and a flush trim bit to perfectly cut out the opening all
right now moving on to the roof since the dog opening is much smaller than me
I wanted to make the roof an access panel to the inside so I decided to make
it hinge I decided to use the leftover beadboard I had from the siding to
create this roof and also decided to split it into two doors instead of just
a single this is fine for mine since it will live under a covered porch but if
you plan to place your house where it could get rained on then keep it as a
single panel so rain can’t drip through the seam before attaching themes I set
the roof panels aside and gave everything a coat of paint
I would first use a roller to get all of the flat surfaces but then use a brush
to get in all of the valleys looking back on it I should have used my sprayer
and that definitely would have saved me a lot of time but oh well for the body
I’m going with a grey and while it was drying I also grabbed what will be the
trim boards and threw a coat of paint on to them as well to be drying instead of
white I’m going with a light grey while those are drying I started attaching the
roof panels I started by centering and squaring up the panels to the body once
I had it just so I used a pencil to trace the underside of the panels and
this line indicates the outside of the body but since I want to also insulate
the roof I needed to know where the inside of the body fell on these sheets
with the framing being one and a half inches thick I grabbed something that
was two inches thick just happened to be this level and used it to mark the
inside line I needed now that I had this reference I could measure the area
inside cut a piece of foam insulation to size and then attach
the panels for this I’m using a multi surface glued made by tight bond called
thick and quick and since I couldn’t use Brad nails to hold it in place while it
dried I just grabbed an assortment of tools and weighted it down for a bit
while that setting up to dry I started working on the trim I ripped down my one
bite board as I had painted earlier then started cutting them to length and
attaching them glue doesn’t stick very well to painted surfaces so learn from
my mistake and leave the top edge of your body unpainted to give you a clean
surface to glue to I’m again starting on the edges of the house so that the front
and back trim will cover up the end grain of the side trim I also always
cheat on trim instead of measuring and cutting I typically just hold a board in
place and Mark the backside it’s quick and it comes out perfect every time
already by this time the installation was well past stuck in place so I first
attached me a portion of piano hinge to the underside then crawled inside the
house and attached it to the body and I should have seen it coming but to be
honest I didn’t think about it when I was working on the design but the door
actually has a built-in stop with the overhang on the back end so that’s
convenient that works nicely alright after getting
one secured I repeated on these second I used the tongue and groove feature of
the beadboard to make the seam in the middle disappear this is great except
for whenever I try to lift up one without the other it was running into
the other and prevented it to fix this issue I grabbed my multi-tool and just
notched out a small portion in the back so that I could open one and give it
clearance to pass up the other there we go now it’s working correctly
next I did all of the finish painting to the inside the underside of the roof and
any other exposed wood so when I was trimming around the door I left the top
piece of trim long so that I could hang something cute and special
I used my CNC machine to cut out a little paw print and instead of just
gluing this to the side i instead added a small hook to the overhung trim and
also the paul so that it could hang and there would be a slight swing to it at
this point I actually thought I was done but the roof was really bothering me
with how thin it looked compared to everything else so I ended up ripping
some half-inch plywood and adding a small strip around the perimeter of the
underside of the roof and this just bolts up the look some and I think it
makes it look better I placed it so that it wouldn’t interfere with the trim of
the body and to attach it I just laid down a bead of glue and clamped it in
place until those dry now the pups have a place they can all three crawl inside
and get out of the wind that’s always present on her hill they can all be
together which will make them happy but still have room to get around one
another also I have a way to peek in and make sure they aren’t stained up late
and ordering pizza a few followers on instagram we’re telling me that their
dogs would definitely tear into the insulation if it were left exposed
fortunately my dogs don’t chew or scratch things up so I don’t think that
this will be an issue but if yours do then I certainly recommend using a thin
layer of sheeting in order to hide that insulation from them that’s it for this
one I’ll see you on my next one

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  1. My name is April also and I love dogs. We have a lot in common I can already tell!😂😍🥰😘😋

  2. Bravissima …vorrei avere una donna così brava con il legno che è anche la mia passione….

  3. I would have given every surface a coat of Kilz primer/sealer before you assembled it. Otherwise, great build.

  4. Thanks for the video. Helped me with some ideas. One question, what is the threshold temperature for this insulated house? Like, how cold can it tolerate?

  5. In the summer you could leave one top open and the other closed so the dogs could sit in the sun and if they get hot they can go to the shade 😁😊

  6. Is the insulation safe to get wet? I'm pretty sure I'm gonna hose the whole thing down after a while.

  7. Built something close years ago for the family dog. I used a donated insulated wall and corgated tin for the roof. Be safe. Peace.

  8. You always go the extra mile on details !! I can imagine the added value to your property !! Good job !! 👏✌️👍

  9. I built a similar one years ago. The differences were:
    A full-length piano hinged roof, in order to gain access to the entire interior.
    A 4” lower lip at the door opening.
    Filled with 1 bushel of cedar shavings

  10. I built one 8 yrs ago….8' long/4'high/4'deep, 11/2 " insulation floor/walls/ roof….all 2×4 framing. . inner walls and floor was all 1/4" plywood, outside walls floor and roof were 1/2" plywood. I have two entrances on the front/and an inner room with dog doors. My dogs love having their own entrance to lay there and watch outside and when they get cold they go into the inner room lined with straw and cuddle…The roof also opens/one piece.

  11. Great Video! I think this is so awesome for helping ferals have a warm place in the winter. Where I live if this is used for a pet it has to have airconditioning! We have brutal summers here. As for me all my pets live indoors.

  12. Beautiful job, have you thought about putting a small playhouse window on the furthest side of the door to let some radiant heat in during winter but a nice cross breeze for the summer? Texas summers, as you know I'm sure, are brutal! Lol. Great job as always April!!!

  13. Now this is a good recommendation from YouTube. I subscribed April. Thanks for the wonderful videos❤👍🏼

  14. My precious dog of 8 years passed away about 2 weeks ago. Me and my wife & kids are going to adopt a pup from a shelter soon. I am a new homeowner and plan on building a dog house and kennel area for our new pup when we are healed enough to find one. Awesome video!

  15. Nice but why would you move it and pick it up to insulate instead of cutting the approximate measurement pick up insulation and you or him holding it while the other traced it

  16. Hi April, I always learned to put a small wall next to the entrance so the wind cannot directly enter the house. That way you have an L shaped entrance.

  17. This would be a useful video for me making a dog house for my dogs if I didn't let my dogs in and out of the house with the doggy door.

  18. I did a similar insulated one, about 16 years ago, with a skylight. I did not hinge the top; just lifted it off when needed. Worked great, but a sinister 10 year old put a 12 pound mallet through the skylight on its second year… argh! Amazingly, it was tuned to about 50 Hz, and made a great tiphony drum… when the dogs weren't in it (:>) They slept in the house, at night, but liked to nap in there during the day.

  19. that thing was build for a earthquake! I bet you can even stand on it! nice build but do add something so the roof dont blow open:D

  20. Something I not understand, tell me:
    You have all tools required and more for work wood, but you don't create good wood assemblies. You use steel with screws… why ?
    Please, learn to do it with wood only, it will be stronger, more value, better for every thing.

  21. It's better if you have a ventilation for them
    Air in and out that single hole ⭕ there will not be a plenty of fresh air for them probably u have to do that ventilation

  22. I think you should add a dog door the leads to your house and a dog door on the front of the dog house with a lock on it so they don't escape or so people will not kid nap you dogs like your selling them

  23. Great vid. Did u have any trouble with your battery-powered DeWalt nail gun?!? The shop teacher at my school is having a TERRIBLE time with his and says they've gotten awful reviews. Thoughts?

  24. How warm do you think it stays in there? Our winters get super cold with quite a bit of snow. Wondering if just the insulation would be enough to keep my lab mix warm during the day or if I should add some type of heat? She won't be out there at night, EVER, so I don't have to worry about super super cold temps with no sun, and I'll leave her inside if it's below freezing if that's what she wants.

  25. April, my 5 yr old daughter Amelia asks me to watch “Ms April’s” dog house video almost every night as part of her bedtime routine. She knows your dogs by name and recently asked me why I don’t have a CNC machine! Needless to say, I had to build a dog house for our three pups (Caesar, Cleopatra and Scout) according to your plans (though slight smaller). I think a chicken coop is in my future builds!

  26. Another good idea for the "techies" out there, install a wireless security camera in there so you can peek in on them as well!

  27. I want to make two of these! One to replace the kennel with maybe a little window or two. Then one outside! Adorable. Our fur babies deserve it!

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