If you’re a dog owner looking to give your pup its own special place to rest outdoors, building a dog house is a great idea. We’ve put together this guide to help you understand what it will cost to build a dog house.
Building a dog house gives your dog a special place to rest, sheltered and protected from the elements. The size and cost of building a dog house will depend on how big your pooch is, but whatever the size your four-legged friend is going to love their new house.
|Size of dog house||Average cost||Timescale|
|Extra large||£300||1-2 days|
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The average cost to build a dog house in the UK ranges from around £120 for a small dog house, up to about £300 for an extra large dog house.
Before making any final decisions or hiring a tradesperson to build your new dog house, there are a few factors that will influence the total cost of building a dog house. These include:
- Size of the dog house
- Type and quality of materials
- Complexity of design
- Time to build
The larger your dog, the larger the dog house you’ll need to build – and that means a larger price tag.
When hiring a professional they will most likely charge you for the cost of the materials for the dog house, and then their labour for building it. The average day rate for a carpenter is around £150 per day.
A tradesperson will generally use a standard design for the dog house and then build it to the right size for your dog. However, if you want a bespoke design you will need to pay extra for one to be created.
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|Dog house material||Average cost|
|Plywood||£5 per metre|
|Pine||£7 per metre|
|Oak||£13 per metre|
|Cedar||£16 per metre|
|Roofing felt||£20 per 10m2|
|Animal-friendly wood preservatives||£14 per litre|
Material costs for building a dog house
There are a range of materials you can choose for building your dog house, and your choice of material will directly impact the overall cost. If hiring a professional, they can advise you on the choice of materials and the best ones to use.
One of the cheaper materials that’s ideal for a dog house is water-resistant plywood, which is available from about £5 per metre. One of the other lower priced materials is pine, at a cost of around £7 per metre.
If you’re looking for a more refined choice, you can choose oak for around £13 per metre. Cedar will cost you in the region of £16 per metre. And for the dog house roof, felt costs about £20 per 10m2. One thing to note is that even the most resistant timbers will eventually suffer the effects of constant weathering.
Whichever material you choose, make sure you go for the outdoor grade wood that can endure sun, wind, rain and snow. It’s also recommended that you also use animal-friendly wood preservatives to help your dog house withstand the effects of the elements – this will cost about £14 per litre.
Top tip: Don’t use MDF as it easily absorbs water, so any humidity or rainfall will cause it to expand and break up.
Choose the right size dog house
The dog house should give your dog house enough space to get inside, turn around, lay down and ideally spread out. Although, it also needs to be cosy rather than spacious so that your pup can snuggle comfortably.
As a rule of thumb, a good size guide for your dog house is adding 9 inches to the height of your dog, 18 inches to their length, and 12 inches to their width.
Build a house for your dog’s needs
Building the best dog house for your hound means paying attention to their needs. If your dog gets hot easily, avoid shingles on the roof that will attract and hold heat. Instead, use water-resistant exterior plywood for the roof.
If your dog likes to know what’s going on around them, choose a flat roof for the dog house so that your dog has full visibility of their surroundings.
Top tip: To help keep the dog house cool in warm weather, drill several small holes in the walls of the dog house to let hot air escape. They also help the dog house dry out quicker in the winter.
Find the right spot
The ideal place for your dog house is in the shadiest part of the garden. Not only does it help keep the dog house cool in warm weather, it also reduces the weathering effects of the sun. And if you can locate it next to the wall of your house or garage, it will help protect it from the wind.
Add finishing touches
Accessories will turn your dog house into a canine home. A good water bowl is essential and added padding will give extra comfort. However, avoid using cushions and blankets unless you plan to bring them in every day – as they’ll get damp and can cause mold to grow if left. Instead use wood shavings and replace any bedding weekly to ensure it’s kept in good condition.
Useful dog house checklist
- Use your dog’s measurements to plan the right size dog house for them.
- Speak to local dog house builders for professional advice and dog house design options.
- Decide which material(s) you want to use for your dog house.
- Shop around for fair and competitive prices.
- Always hire a tradesperson with experience in building dog houses and ask to see examples of their work.
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