Build a doghouse
A doghouse. (Georgia-Pacific / June 23, 2014)
We were surprised to see so many websites devoted to doghouses; we found a nice selection of ready-to-assemble designs at doghouses.com. If you want to build a dog house from scratch, type "doghouse plans" in a search engine and you'll find several free woodworking plans. You'll also find them at lumberyards and home and garden centers.
You can buy a doghouse kit made of cedar components with a raised panel floor for about $110 and assemble it, or you can pay a handyman an additional $199 to put it together. The kits come with all parts cut to size and all the fasteners required for assembly. Figure that it will take about the better part of a day to sort out the precut parts and assemble them. Since the major parts are precut or just need to be cut to length, the job involves sorting out the parts, assembling and then nailing or screwing them together. It will take longer if you choose to paint or stain the house, but you'll be happy you made the extra effort every time you see your furry friend snoozing under its roof.
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Pro Cost -- DIY Cost -- Pro time -- DIY Time -- DIY Savings -- Percent Saved
$309 -- $110 -- 7.2 -- 9.0 -- $199 -- 64 Percent
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