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Summer is right around the corner! Do you have a way to keep your pooch cool and covered on those sweltering days? We’ve rounded up a list of five cool and *free* dog house building plans for you.

Whether you’re seeking a design for simple or complex skills, there’s something for everyone. Most of these plans require just a handful of materials and tools that you probably already own.

Have some extra free time this weekend? Roll your sleeves up, bust out those power tools, and build your pup a custom abode they’ll love!

Pallet Dog House 

Store bought dog houses can be swanky, but they also come with steep price tags. This simple pallet dog house design from DIY Craftsy uses raw palettes to keep costs low.

A plywood overlay makes the overall design more streamlined but manageable to build! Then, you can customize the size to your dog and stain or paint it to your liking.

DIY Dog House 

If you’re looking for something more complex but also very customizable, this free design from might be perfect for you. It requires an intermediate level of woodworking skill and some major tools. If you don’t own them, they’re available to rent.

It includes an astroturf ramp and rooftop perch – plus you can change it from open air to enclosed. Perfect for summer to winter!

A-Line Dog House 

This cute and easy A-line dog houseThe simple plans call for just one sheet of plywood. You can make it with hand or power tools. You can customize it with the paint color that best reflects your pet’s personality.

Ranch-Style Dog House 

Do you love the rustic ranch-style aesthetic? If you are pretty handy with woodworking and have roughly $200 in your budget, this super swanky dog house is a fancier option. It utilizes three sheets of plywood and has a shingled roof and little doorway overhang. Make sure to get all the materials needed and follow the step-by-step guide, and handy visuals.

Mobile Dog House

Do you have a dog who can’t decide whether they want to be inside or out? Perhaps you’re an apartment or condo dweller with limited outdoor space? This fun mobile dog house might be the right option for your pet. It can be customized for your dog’s size, and it even has a cute little patio feature.

Time to Enjoy!

Your pooch will be living large in their new custom DIY doghouse, but don’t forget that the best thing you can do for them is prioritize their health!