Dozens of free doghouse plans and building guides are available online through the About.com, TodaysPlans.net, All About Dog Houses and Doggie Stylish websites. Many different doghouse styles are provided on these sites, including insulated, solar-heated, ranch-style and two-room designs.
The About.com Freebies section features a list of 15 links to free doghouse plans, including designs by well-known companies such as Lowe's and Better Homes and Gardens. All 15 of the designs on this list are straightforward enough for most people with beginner building skills to create. For example, dog owners can construct one of the plans, a simple A-frame house by DIY Network, in less than a day using affordable materials. For any style of doghouse, dog owners should make sure the designs they choose are large enough to fit their fully grown dogs before they start building.
The TodaysPlans.net, All About Dog Houses and Doggie Stylish websites offer links to over 100 more unique doghouse plans. TodaysPlans.net features several creative doghouse styles, including an American Gothic doghouse and a gingerbread-style house. Many designs on these sites focus on insulation for a warm, cozy structure, while other plans take an open-air approach, such as the trellis-style doghouse that owners can cover with climbing ivy to create a shaded, natural retreat for their pooch. Environmentally friendly designs include doghouses made from recycled materials and solar, greenhouse-style houses that capture the warmth of the sun for dogs in colder climates.