House Plan 1953 Is Going to the Dogs
Why We Love It
This isn't your average plywood backyard doghouse. Southern Living Custom Builder Program member Jeremy Wright of J. Wright Home Design created the Dogtrot plan (#1953) with both regional architecture and canine comfort in mind. Inspired by the style of homes originally popular in Appalachia, this house plan keeps pups figuratively and literally cool. A breezeway between the rooms (the "dogtrot") ensures Fido has an airy spot in warm Southern summers, and operable front windows maximize airflow. In cooler months, the breezeway doors and front windows can close to keep out brisk drafts.
Check out the versatility! Wright designed this plan to be high function and low maintenance. The two rooms are sized exactly to fit a large dog bed in each. (And the plan can be scaled up or down depending on breed.) Plus, the house is designed to let humans move in and out easily. Speaking of size, this plan can double as a child's backyard playhouse thanks to the 44-inch door openings. Finish off the look with classic farmhouse details like a red metal roof, a yellow exterior in Pratt & Lambert's Yellow Mist (12-3), and crisp trim in Benjamin Moore's Super White (PM-1). Keep the landing clear so dogs can easily enter from all sides.
Make sure to keep your pooch comfortable in his new home. Outfit it with a good water bowl. We like the You & Me Gravity Waterer. It allows plently or water to keep your pup hydrated throughout the day.
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Keeping it Cozy
You'll want to your dog to be nice and comfy in the new house, so be sure to put down a dog bed. Although this house provides great shelter, an outdoor dog bed is best so you don't have to worry about cleaning it often. We like the Slumber Pet Water Resistant Bed.
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