How To Build A Dog House With Porch

This adorable dog house is sure to please dogs and owners alike. Easily customize the exterior to match the exterior of your home, and your dogs home will no longer be an eye sore in your yard

Estimated Cost:

$150 - $250

Shopping List:

Wood Products

Item Size Quantity
Board 2 x 4, 96" 8
Fence Picket 1 x 6, 72" 11
Plywood Siding 3/8", Full Sheet 1
Plywood 1/2" Thick, Full Sheet 1
Dowel Rod 2 x 2, 48" 1


Hardware Supplies

Item Size Quantity
Pocket Hole Screws 2 1/2" 1
Screws 1 1/4" 1



Circular Saw



Miter Saw

Nail Gun

Pocket-Hole Jig



Tape Measure

Cut List:

Parts Size Quantity
Bottom Rails 1 1/2" x 2 1/2" x 44" 2
Legs 1 1/2" x 2 1/2" x 22 1/2" 4
Side Rails and Support Rails 1 1/2" x 2 1/2" x 18" 6
Top Rails 1 1/2" x 2 1/2" x 47" 2
Floor Plywood 1/2" x 25" x 44" 1
Support Stiles 1 1/2" x 2 1/2" x 20 1/2" 3
Roof Ridge Board 1 1/2" x 1 1/2" x 47" 1
Roof Rafters 1 1/2" x 3 1/2" x 18 9/32" 6
Side Siding 3/8" x 24" x 25" 2
Front and Back Siding 1/2" x 24" x 47 3/4" 2
Roof Plywood 1/2" x 16 5/8" x 47 3/4" 2
Gable siding 3/8" x 25" x 14 1/2" 2
Roof Boards 5/8" x 5 1/2" x 22" 18
Porch Frame Sides 1 1/2" x 3 1/2" x 15" 2
Porch Frame Front and Back 1 1/2" x 3 1/2" x 15" 2
Porch Floor Boards 5/8" x 5 1/2" x 15" 4
Door framing 5/8" x 1 1/2" x 14 5/8" 2
Door Framing 5/8" x 1 1/2" x 16 1/2" 1
Porch Roof Brace 5/8" x 1 1/2" x 20" 1
Porch Roof Boards 5/8" x 5 1/2" x 15 3/16" 4
Porch Roof Runners 5/8" x 1 1/2" x 20" 2
Porch Pillars 2" x 2" x 16 13/16" 2
Side Framing 5/8" x 1 1/2" x 24" 4
Top Side Framing 5/8" x 1 1/2" x 23 1/4" 4
Side Roof Trim 5/8" x 1 1/2" x roughly 20 3/8" 4
Front and Back Framing 5/8" x 2" x 23 3/4" 4
Wooden Roof Flashing 5/8" x 2 1/2" x 49 1/2" 2


Step 1

To get started attach the bottom rails to the legs! The black ovals represent the pocket hole location throughout the plan! This plan consists of all pocket holes drilled at 1 1/2", and you will use 2 1/2" blue kote pocket hole screws.

Step 2

Next add two of your side rails and one of your support rails.

Step 3

Add the top rails! The frame is already taking shape. Notice the pocket holes are drilled into the legs and going up into the top rails. You will want to drill the holes before step 1.

Step 4

Add the rest of the side rails and support rails.

Step 5

Before we close the dog house in too much, we need to go ahead and lay the floor plywood. Just use 1 1/4" screws to attach to the bottom 2 x 4.

Note: You may want to cut notches in your plywood so that it reaches the side walls. 

Step 6

Next add the front two support stiles, we will add the back one in the next step, it was just hard to see so separate them into two pieces.

Step 7

Add the back support stile.

Step 8

Next the roof rafters need attached to the roof ridge. The angles are shown in the picture. The 40 degree mitered end will be pocket holed to the frame, but the top being greater than 45 degrees can't be pocket holed. The roof height can changed on what you've preferred.

Step 9

Next attach the side siding to the sides! I just used the same 1 1/4" screws to attach.

Step 10

Attach back siding the same way. Make sure and measure before cutting.

Step 11

Next step is to get the front siding attached, making sure to cut any windows or doors that you may want before attaching.

Step 12

Next attach your two roof plywood pieces, notice they are slightly different sizes so they can overlap at the top.

Step 13

Next area up for work is the gable. Make sure and measure and cut this to size out of the same siding.

Step 14

Add your roof boards on top of your plywood. Attached the boards by using glue and brad nails. Do this on both sides of the dog house.

Step 15

You can add a small dog window on your dog house. For additional design you can put some trims and ornaments. Use a liquid nail and brad nailer to attach the trip. 

Step 16

Let the porch building begin!! Attach boards as shown still using 1 1/2" pocket holes and 2 1/2" screws.

Step 17

Next step, attaching the porch floor boards, measure and cut out the small area so that it sits flush with the floor plywood as shown in the picture.

Step 18


Finish attaching the porch floor boards.

Step 19

Now you can frame out the door. Just ripped some of the same fence pickets down to 1 1/2" to make the door framing.

Step 20

Next up is adding the porch roof, to start we will add the porch roof brace centered above the door.

Step 21

Make the porch roof to the side before attaching it. Taking your four porch roof boards, just lay the two porch roof runners on top of the boards and glue and brad nail/staple or screw it together if you would like. This will be the underside of the porch roof.

Step 22

Depending on the slope you want on your porch roof, cut your porch pillars (2" dowel rod) down to about 16 13/16" and miter it at about 1 ° off square, this gives it just an ever so slight slope. Attach the porch roof boards to both the dowel rod and the roof brace.

Step 23

Add the trim to the front and sides just so you wouldn't have to see where the siding meets up on the corners. Start on the sides so you could bring the front and back out past the sides.

Step 24

Attach the top trim to the fascia. It is mitered the same as the other roof boards.

Step 25

Attach front trim. Just make it slightly wider at 2". Cover the side framing with the front and back framing boards.

Step 26

Instead of beveling the boards together, you can take an easier route by making one slightly larger and overlapping the other. This will leave the ever so slightest gap and I just cut a small square of wood and glued it in there.




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