Niches can be made in all forms. The main thing is that the work is a sturdy shelter, which effectively protects your dog and makes him feel at ease. The niche is, for the dog, both a place of rest, observation and protection.
It must be waterproof, healthy (no toxic), simple to clean and maintain. Elevated, it is thus isolated from the cold and moisture of the soil, while promoting the circulation of the air.
Side dimensions, the niche must not be too large, to prevent the dog from being too cold in winter, nor too narrow; The animal must be able to turn inside. The ideal measurements would be, for a large dog, 1/2 m on the ground surface. As for the height, it corresponds to that of the dog to which one adds ten cm.
Choosing the right material and the right place
The most suitable material for the construction of a niche remains the wood. Natural, insulating and soft, it brings comfort and protection. Using parquet blades would be a great idea for making the niche.
Then you will have to choose the best possible location for the niche: Ideally, it will be placed in the shade, sheltered from the wind and not directly exposed to the sun.
Tools and materials needed
To build your dog’s niche, you will need a number of tools and materials.
Tools: meter (rigid, taped …), pencil, jigsaw, square, wood grater, screwdriver, hammer.
Materials: Parquet blades, Wooden battens of 32 x 32, wooden autoclaves of 60 x 80, Countersunk wood screws, bituminized shingles, steel nails of 3.2 x 20, linseed oil.
Step 1: Build the floor
Using the jigsaw and the screwdriver:
-Cut 3 rafters to a length equal to the depth of the niche.
-At the jigsaw, always cut out the parquet blades you will need. Their length corresponds to the width of the niche.
-Place on the ground the 3 rafters, arrange them at the same time. 2 of them will be placed at the ends of the walls and the third in the center.
-Use the screwdriver to screw the first floor blade. It must be on and perpendicular to the 3 rafters.
-Fit the next blade into the first one, then screw it onto the 3 rafters. Continue to cover the entire surface.
-Cut out 4 wooden cleats. Their length must correspond to that of the four sides of the floor.
-Screw these indented cleats (corresponding to the thickness of parquet blades) from the edge of the floor onto the wood blades.
Step 2: Front and rear faces
-For each flank, cut out 3 cups of the height of the niche.
-Cut out the blades of the width of the niche.
-Operate in the same way as in the previous step by positioning the 2 outer cleats on the edge of the walls.
-On the 2 panels, draw the oblique lines that will match the slope of the roof, then cut using the jigsaw.
-Draw the opening on the front panel and cut it using the jigsaw and sawing the central strip. Use the grater to plan the walls.
Step 3: The 2 side faces and the structure
-For each flank, cut out 2 cups of the height of the niche. Cut the blades from the depth of the niche.
-Operate in the same way as in the previous step, but this time, place the 2 cleats to a third of the length of the wall.
-Screw the 4 walls to the base by pressing the horizontal battens of the floor, then the flanks on the vertical cleats of the front and rear faces.
Step 4: The roof
-For each part of the roof, cut out 2 cups of the length of the roof to which you will deduct 5 cm.
Then cut the blades from the height of the roof.
-Operate as explained above by ensuring that the 2 battens are positioned horizontally and centered in relation to the length of the roof.
-Cut 4 cups with the length corresponding to the top edges of the vertical walls, then screw them inside the structure.
-Install the parts of the roof and secure them by screwing the wood slides into the vertical wall cleats.
-Place bituminized shingles and nail them to seal the roof. Start at the bottom of the roof panels and proceed as you go up, so that the upper rows cover the lower ones and let the water slide.
-To effectively protect the wood from moisture, brush it with linseed oil.
Good courage and good DIY at all! Remember that it is for the good of dear companions …