Materials to use
There’s no need to spend a lot on materials for Fido’s kennel. This is the time to use up odds and ends of timber, cladding and roofing iron you’ve got stored in the shed or under the house.
Pallets are another good option. The light pine timber is untreated, which makes it ideal for a doghouse. The other good thing is that pallets are free! The big box stores often leave pallets out on the nature strip for anyone to pick up.
If you can’t locate any pallets, exterior plywood makes a cheap cladding material. You’ll need to seal it with a varnish or exterior paint to keep the doghouse dry. Colorbond or corrugated iron is another good option, for walls as well as the roof.
If your doghouse is in the open, it needs a pitched roof, sloping away from the entrance, of course. If it’s protected, a flat roof is fine. Allow an overhang for shade in summer and protection from the rain.
Hinging the roof will make it easier to get in to clean out the doghouse and to change the bedding.
Building your dog house
When it comes to cutting timber for the frame, a circular saw will save you lots of time. Always wear eye and ear protection when you’re using the saw.
Drilling and screwing the timber rather than nailing makes it easy to undo mistakes, demolish, renovate or extend.
If you’ve ever tried cutting Colorbond with tin snips, you’ll know it’s a dog of a job. A cordless nibbler enables you to cut clean, precise lines in any direction. Sand the cut to ensure there are no sharp edges that could injure your dog.
Finally, a wire netting fence will keep your dog secure and give you priceless peace of mind when you’re away from home.
Talk to the experts
Talk to the experienced team at your local branch of Kennards Hire for expert advice and the right tools. Kennards Hire offers contactless delivery and all our equipment is cleaned before each hire.