How Much Does it Cost to Build a Dog House?
$70 - $8,340
$70 - $8,340
Cost data is based on research by HomeAdvisor.
Updated January 5, 2021Written by HomeAdvisor.
A professionally-built dog house costs $310 on average. Costs could run as low as $70 for a simpler installation or hiring a handyman to assemble a prefab kit. On the higher end of the price spectrum, you could pay up to $8,340 or more for a high-end, custom model or dog mansion.
Labor costs for a dog house will typically run from $70 to $190 for a standard unit that houses one dog. However, labor costs can vary based on the type of structure and any additional work to prepare the site:
Carpenter rates: $40-$100 per hour
Lawn regrade costs: $1,950 on average
Excavating land costs: $130 per cubic yard
Handyman prices: $60 per hour
Dog house materials tend to run between $50 and $470 but prices ultimately depend on the type of structure you go with. A dog mansion could easily cost up to $2,000 in materials alone. Plastic houses are often the least expensive, whereas fiberglass and wood houses tend to cost the most.
A metal dog house costs between $180 and $350, not including the labor. One advantage to metal is that it won’t warp, rust or rot over time and with exposure.
Heated dog houses span from $360 to $460 on average. Adding a heating system costs between $50 to $150 and is sometimes recommended in places with extreme cold. In most places, a dog house does enough to protect from the elements that additional heat isn’t necessary.
Prefab dog house kit prices range from $60 all the way up to $8,340 or more. Plastic dog houses are the most affordable while dog mansions are the most pricey.
|Dog House Kit||Cost|
|Suncast Deluxe Dog House (plastic)||$68|
|Precision Pet Outback Extreme Log Cabin||$140|
|Campa Solid Wood Dog House||$420|
|Cape Cod Cozy Cottage||$6,700|
|Fully Assembled Amish Made Double Dog Kennel||$8,340|
Plenty of prefab dog houses or DIY kits exist and if you feel comfortable with building or assembling one, that’s always an option. However, a handcrafted dog house will often last longer and allow you to customize it to your dog’s needs.
It’s also important to realize that various prefab kits might not work depending on where you live. For example, a plastic dog house might not offer enough protection in a place with very cold winters or hot summers. Find a handyman to talk to for further guidance.
The cheapest way to build a doghouse is to either buy a prefab plastic house, or to build a basic structure out of wood. However, going the cheap route isn’t necessarily what’s best for your pet. You want to invest in materials or hire a professional who can provide a structurally sound, durable, comfortable and long-lasting space for your dog.
Pet stores, home improvement stores and specialized companies are all places where you can buy a dog house. Your other option is to hire a carpenter or handyman to build one that’s custom to your dog.
The least expensive dog houses usually run around $70, though these are often plastic. You’ll need to research whether a plastic dog house makes sense in the climate where you live.
Dog houses from Home Depot cost between $60 for a small plastic house and $400 for one made of cedar.
Expect to pay between $90 and $400 for a dog house from Lowe’s. Prices vary based on size and material.