This is Jack, the family dog. He loves hanging out under anything (tables, chairs, etc). So his family decided to give him a more comfortable place to stay.
To help out their dog, this family decided to build a house for him under their stairs. They noticed that Jack, their dog, loved to hang out underneath items on the floor. Typically, most dogs instinctively like small crawl spaces for dens. They feel more secure that way.
Jack’s family was inspired by these posts on Pinterest, where people used the excess space under the stairs as a place for a doggy den. They made some measurements, gathered their tools (and dog) and got to work.
They started by cutting the wall between two studs under the stairs.
Here they are, figuring out what size the door should be. The door needed to be high enough for Jack to fit through (which typically should be height of his dogs haunches).
Inside, though, Jack would be able to stand at his full height comfortably.
The used pine tongue-and-groove boards for the interior and exterior of the house.
Making measurements (and letting Jack get excited about his new home).
They used the mat from a pet crate as a size guideline. Dad also put Jack’s bed in his new cubby right away, to help the dog get accustomed to the location and smell.
Pine was also used for the fake doghouse facade to match the interior.
Shingle pieces were added to the top to give a real “doghouse” look.
Securing the shingles with a nail gun.
Jack, patiently waiting on his humans to finish his new digs.
A perfect fit.
Ta-da! All finished and ready for Jack.
This is what the outside of the back of the doghouse looks like.
It is adjacent to their wine cellar.
A better look at the full setup.
And inside! Cozy and pretty.