Red Cedar Dog Houses
These premium red cedar dog houses are a cut above many of the mass
market dog houses that are out there.
They're made from top grade Western Red Cedar, a wood which is very
possibly the best wood for dog houses. They also incorporate a number of
sound construction features such as offset doors, wooden shingles,
raised floors, insulation, Beechwood interior walls, and options for
insulation and heating/AC units.
When I first saw this cedar dog house, the woodworker in me could
immediately appreciate how it was built. It is made from Western Red
Cedar, a wood that not only looks nice but also offers excellent natural
protection against insects and decay. There's a reason why cedar is a
favorite wood for outdoor patio furniture.
Red Cedar also gets very high marks for insulating qualities and
dimensional stability. In fact, it is superior to almost all other
commercial softwoods in its resistance to warping, twisting and
checking. This means the house will hold up well over time without
becoming distorted from the elements.
Another thing about this dog house that caught my attention is that the
entire exterior is clad in cedar - including the roof. Not only does it
look attractive but a cedar roof is much lighter than one with asphalt
shingles -- remember, you want to be able to occasionally remove the
roof for cleaning. And if the house is not insulated (insulation is an
option for this house), a cedar roof will typically outperform an
asphalt shingle roof in terms of heat control.
The offset doorway on this house provides a windbreak and some
private "hang-out" space for your dog. Compared to a house with a
centered doorway, he won't be as exposed to the sun and foul weather.
The house comes with a vinyl door flap which helps to keep out the cold
during the winter but can be easily removed if you wish to improve the
air flow during the hot summer months.
Because cedar is a naturally decay resistant species, this cedar dog
house could be left unfinished and allowed to weather to a rustic grey
color. However, a protective finish will enhance it's appearance and
increase it's service life. My personal preference is for a
cedar-colored deck stain applied every other year or so. Other finishing
options include spar varnish (with UV inhibitors) and paint. The house
comes as several panels that can be assembled in about half an hour
using basic hand tools.
Duplex Red Cedar Dog Kennels
Insulated Cedar Duplex Dog House
This cedar doggie duplex can accommodate two dogs, either sharing the
same living space or in separate spaces thanks to a removal center
partition. Like the single dog models, this house is made from Western
Red Cedar, a wood which offers excellent natural protection against
insects and decay. The Reflectix FBF Insulation consists of one layer of
polyethylene bubble sandwiched between two layers of 99 percent pure
aluminum foil. The polyethylene encapsulated air bubbles serve as an
effective thermal break, while the two outer layers of aluminum reflect
up to 97 percent of all radiant energy.
The duplex is available in medium to jumbo sizes with or without a