Cost to Build a Dog House – 2021

| Last Updated: August 24, 2021

National Average Improvement and Repair Cost







$ 310

$ 125

Would you do this project? According to our survey, 93% of respondents preferred DIY compared to hiring a pro.

The average price to Build a Dog House noted above is cost data to compare a contractor’s estimate with doing it yourself.

How much to build a dog house? The contractor cost to build a dog house from a DIY kit is $310 vs. doing it yourself for $120. 

Your dog probably has the run of the house, but consider building him or her a personal sanctuary: a doghouse he or she can call their own.

You’ll particularly enjoy it if you spend time outdoors, where you can watch your pet enjoy his new digs. Before you begin looking at doghouses, consider where you’ll build them.

Find a spot in the shade where the structure will be out of the sunlight and protected from strong winds. The location should provide a good foundation for the house to rest on, with well-drained, level soil. Ideally, it’ll be located with easy access to the house or patio, so you’ll be able to know when your favorite friend has taken up residence and when the water bowl needs a refill.

We were surprised to see so many web sites devoted to doghouses. If you want to build a dog house from scratch, type “dog house plans” in a search engine and you’ll find several free woodworking plans. You’ll also find them sold at lumberyards and home and garden centers.

Another site for dog owners is the Jen Reviews post about the size of dog crates. Here’s a link to What Size Dog Crate Do You Need?

You can buy a DIY doghouse kit made of cedar components with a raised panel floor for about $125 and assemble it, or you can pay a handyman an additional $185 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.

The bottom line: compare the price of a contractor’s bid to build a dog house with what it costs to do it yourself and make your decision.

Welcome! We hope you’ll find the job costs of home improvement projects useful when you’re deciding whether to do a job yourself vs. hire a contractor. We’re the authors of 20 home improvement books, most notably Home Improvement for Dummies©, Bathroom Remodeling for Dummies©, Carpentry for Dummies©, Plumbing for Dummies©, and Painting and Wallpapering for Dummies©. Our most recent book Fix It and Flip It is in its second edition. We’ve appeared as home improvement experts on television programs such as CNN, Dateline, the Today Show, HGTV and many others.