Some of the most popular home improvement projects on our website have nothing to do with upgrades for the people who live in their home, but everything to do with improvements for the dog of the house. That says a lot about how much we value our favorite family member. Sure, the people in a household are important but they all have a special bond with their dog who is waiting for them when they come home. A dog is usually their best friend so it’s no surprise that building a dog house, a dog kennel and a dog door is something to consider.
At www.diyornot.com you’ll find the cost of hundreds of home improvement jobs. When it comes to the price tag for three popular dog projects, here’s what you’ll find. You can buy a doghouse kit made of cedar components with a raised panel floor for about $110 and assemble it, or you can pay a handyman an additional $309 to put it together. The kits come with all parts cut to size and all the fasteners required for assembly.
Thinking about a nice dog kennel where your Buster can move around outdoors? A fence contractor will charge $494 to install a 6-by-12-foot gated kennel that’s 6 feet high. You can buy a kennel kit of similar size for $330 and install it and pocket a 33 percent saving.
What about making a dog door so your pet can go out and come in without having someone open and close a door? A pet door is the solution. A handyman will charge $78 to install a good quality-medium size pet door in a wooden door, but you can make the installation for $35, the cost of the unit. It’s a good first-time project for a budding do-it-yourselfer because the tools required are basic and it’s an easy job to accomplish.