Five Inviting DIY Doghouses

Spring has sprung (or so the calendar says), which makes it the perfect time to head outdoors and tackle those projects you've been planning all winter. My list is long — filled with landscaping and gardening projects galore — and now I can add another to my list: a modern dog abode to shelter my four-legged kids from the hot summer sun. Here are five DIY doghouses that can easily be modified to fit your own needs.

These days, doghouses might seem like more of a luxury than necessity, since my dogs, along with most other pups I know, live indoors.  But according to many local laws and regulations, you may actually be required to provide shelter for your dog if they spend any significant length of time outside unattended. In my city, you can be fined a steep penalty if you're caught without shade or shelter for your animal. It just takes one disgruntled neighbor reporting you to find out the hard way. (Check your own city or county laws for regulations of acceptable standards for proper animal care.) Required or not, these cute and crafty doghouses have my wheels turning and would be a welcome addition to my backyard.

1. Rooftop Garden Doghouse from the DIY Network
2. Recycled Fence Doghouse from Apartment Therapy
3. Geometric Doghouse from HomeMade Modern
4. Recycled Wine Barrel Doghouse from Sunset
5. Greenrrroof Animal Houses Sustainable Pet Design via Inhabitat

(Images: as linked above)

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