While you might be okay with a house for a dog, it is probably not advisable to let a cat or rabbits free into your house and water need to be supplied regularly for cats. You may argue that a house for a dog is an easy DIY project. Wrong. Planning a house for a dog can be very difficult. It is easy to design a small house for a dog in a couple of hours’ time; but if you want to build a large house for a dog that will provide clean water, food, and litter, it can take you months. Moreover, planning a house for a dog also means that there will be plenty of plants in the garden – no fruit trees, kangaroos, or trees without bark.
In a city where it is hard to find a new home in less than half a day, getting a house for a dog is even harder. If you have a good referral, you might be able to rent a place for dogs as long as you buy them some food, water, toys, and a place to sleep. However, when you go for such places, you must also ask about the availability of a roof. Your dog is likely to run into accidents because of wet paws on the roof.
For dog houses made from concrete blocks or wood, you can cover the floor with plywood before putting the dog house on the roof. This plywood absorbs moisture from the atmosphere around it and the roof does not get damaged. Before placing your dog house on the roof, it is advisable to waterproof the plywood using a rubber cement liquid. However, it is not necessary to use rubber cement.
A small house for a dog should not be put on a high point in the house. Rather, you should build the house at a place where there is plenty of ventilation. If you choose a laundry room as the location of your dog house, you will probably have to put it on the lower level of the house. The entrance should be near the laundry room so that you can keep dogs or other pets in the laundry room while cleaning.
The top of the dog house should be sturdy enough to support plywood panels. You can put panels either over the plywood on the floor or over the plywood on top of the ground. Putting the panels on top of the ground provides better protection against rain and snow. The roof of the dog house can be fastened with nails and screws. However, fastening nails and screws can damage the shingles and roof of your house.
The roof of the dog house can also be covered with mesh to prevent wind from getting into the house. This can be done by putting the mesh over the top of the plywood on top of the roof. You can use wood shims under the mesh to make it look like a nice, smooth, flat roof. This is the best way to make a dog house look more like a real house. Make sure you cover the holes and nooks with the plywood to make the house look even when it is completely covered with the mesh.