A house for the dog
April 11, 2017
Your dog is already spoiled, right? But why not lay it on even thicker. This might not be the second home you had in mind, but imagine adding a doghouse to your property. And we’re not talking about a plastic dog igloo.
In honor of National Pet Day, we've pulled together some inspiring canine-coddling accommodations. Some of them actually cost more than a second home!
(And you thought your dog was dreaming about pork chops.)
Over the top. Way over
At This Old House, we found six outrageous doghouses built by pet owners with both dog love and cash to spare. Like the 30-square-foot Beverly Hills mini mansion devoted to Paris Hilton’s many dogs, complete with heating, AC, and miniature Philippe Starck furniture. But think bigger! Two Great Danes in Gloucestershire, England, have a $400,000 doghouse with a killer sound system, a plasma TV, a bedroom for each, and a shared spa bath. A retina scanner keeps the riffraff out.
ONE | Summa Canum (Latin for "top dog") is an eco-friendly doghouse modeled after Greek Revival architecture and built by Sustainable Pet Design for the Obama's dog, Bo.
TWO | This pricey hacienda was originally built for model, actress, and reality TV host Rachel Hunter's dog but can also be sized up to fit children and dogs playing together.
THREE | This Genghis-Khan-inspired tent has gold finial and ostrich plumes to designate true puppy royalty.
FOUR | Canine Fine Art Caves help dogs get in touch with their inner wolf (if what their inner wolf needs is four layers of reinforced papier mache for added warmth and sound dampening).
FIVE | This doggie home after Paris Hilton's own heart is complete with a bedroom and closet (for all those puppy heels).
SIX | The most expensive doghouse in history.
Just like Mom’s
In a more attainable vein, how about a doghouse that looks like your people house? This Old House delivers again with 16 doghouses that are scaled-down versions of their owners’ homes. With examples of Greek Revival, Queen Anne, Georgian, and more. The slide show gives special attention to the shingled Craftsman-style bungalow that Gumpy, a Shetland sheepdog, calls home. Below are snapshots of a few. Click through to see more.
If you’ve got some basic woodworking skills and tools, check out Modern Builds for how to DIY a simple, stylishly modern doghouse that you can easily scale up or down according to the size of your dog. It’s even a pallet upcycling opportunity. As a proponent of democratic design, Philippe Starck might well approve. (You might want to check out Modern Builds for cool DIY people stuff too.)
Filed Under: For Homeowners