The Hunt for a New Doghouse

If I had a bigger backyard, you know I’d be building my 4-year old Bernese Mountain Dog a custom dog house. If it wasn’t one of these sleek, modern numbers that are shown in this gallery on DIY Network, It’d definitely be a dog house designed to match the main house – the perfect balance of being cute and corny. I’d start by following these instructions, and could then put to use some of my leftover matching gray vinyl siding, a few inexpensive shingles, a dog bed made using outdoor fabric, and maybe a small flagstone patio for kicks. It would be a dog’s dream pad.

If you’re thinking about building your own Fido a camp of his own, chances are that you’ll appreciate some of these ideas. Each one is completely different from the next, and it’s really fun to see all of the great designs in one place. Sneak peek alert, this is one of my favorites:


I love this modern doghouse!

Credit: Design and Photo by Jesse Doquilo

Keep on reading to see a few of my favorite modern dog houses!

This modern dog house strikes a chord in the way that it embraces a garden; one of my favorite chicken coops boats the same organic element, a perfect space for summertime herbs in a backyard or a big picture window. My dog wouldn’t fit in this particular house (he’s 100 lbs.), but I can see it being a really great accent for a contemporarily designed home. So unique!

This modern dog house hosts a built-in garden space.

Credit: Product and Photo by Sustainable Pet Design

I love this one. The little deck? The human accessibility for cleaning? The killer waterfall edge? Lucky dog.

Modern dog house.

Credit: Photo by Simon Hurst Photography

I like this last one a lot because the exterior treatment is something that you could install over any number of basic dog house designs. It adds a lot of detail, and I love the use of color to make a statement. Added bonus? Two entries/exits makes for a comfortable space for man’s best friend.

Colorful modern dog house.

Credit: Photo by Simon Hurst Photography

Catching the home improvement bug at an early age, Emily Winters is a now a devoted DIYer living in Rochester, NY. The projects she covers on her blog Merrypad range from painting a wall to building a deck, so it’s only natural she landed at You can follow Emily on twitter at @merrypad and like her on facebook at

8 Responses

  1. rajgreen says:

    I like this last one a great deal on the grounds that the outer surface treatment is something that you could introduce over any number of essential puppy house outlines.

  2. I like your idea and design was perfect for new dog houses and i think everyone like your idea if you create more designs then more people come here and desire to buy a new dog house. keep us updated with you informative ideas and unique infromation.

  3. The designs for new dog houses are all really great and I personally think if any person would have a pet dog he would love to buy a dog house from one of your ideas. Keep us updated with your informative and useful posts in all the times to come.

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  6. Barb says:

    Not an outdoor doghouse, but definitely my favourite:

    If we only had that staircase!


  7. Moodyvega says:

    I like the last shown dog house(Green,White and Wood Color). Should have a easy dog access door, so fido can get in and out.


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I caught the home improvement bug at an early age, and now I'm a full-time DIYer living in Rochester, NY. The projects I cover on my blog Merrypad range ...

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