Dog Kennel DesignAfter an initial consultation, we drew up plans with our customer to design a kennel block system to suit their requirements. Firstly, they wanted three dog kennels with runs. They also required two side sheds: one tongue and groove, the other wipe clean and insulated. Kennel floorplan.
Dog CabinsRather than a full-height kennel, our customer requested our cabin-style sleeping boxes. Having a wipe-clean lid and being removable for easy cleaning, the top of the sleeping box also provides a raised bed for the dogs to jump up to during the day. We added aluminium anti-chew strips to the pop holes (dog’s entrance to the sleeping box). The anti-chew strips prevent damage from the dog and also extend the life of the kennel. Furthermore, we don’t use any handles or similar on the lids. This means that there is nothing for the dog to catch on when jumping up or down. The dog kennel sleeping boxes had PVC lined insulation, wipe clean flooring and side-sliding hatches.
Kennel Dog RunsFor the dog runs, we used 5cm gap bar galvanised dog run panels. The bars let the dogs see each other while being kennelled, and they allow plenty of fresh air to circulate throughout the dog runs. Furthermore, the bar dog run panels also prevent dogs from being able to climb up, and the central support bar provides extra strength in the panel.
Kennel Side RoomTo the right of the kennel, we added a fully insulated and wipe clean side room. Running the full depth of the kennel and run, it measured 5ft wide by 10ft 6 inches deep and provided over 50 square foot of space. We filled the internal walls with polystyrene board and then fixed white PVC sheets over the top. In addition, the flooring was upgraded to have a phenolic coating which provides an anti-bacterial and wipeable floor. We also added two side windows which were glazed with 4mm thick toughened glass.
Side storage shedTo the opposite end of the kennel block was an additional storage shed. Having a fully clad roof, walls and floor, the shed offers additional storage space for dog feed, leads or garden equipment. This shed also had two glazed windows where we again added the 4mm toughened glass. The entire structure was finished off with our Onduline roofing upgrade. The corrugated bitumen has a longer lifespan than felt and is the perfect addition for kennels situated in windy or open locations. The kennel was based on our Sterling Multi-Bay Dog Kennel Block.
Three bay wooden dog kennel with extended dog runs having side bar windowsOur customer in North Wales got in touch to purchase a bespoke dog kennel with extended dog runs. Based on our Sandon triple kennel, the dog runs were extended from 6ft 6in to 8ft. We were also asked to clad the run ends and add small galvanised bar windows.
Solid sides to dog runsThe wooden ends to the dog runs provide protection from weather, and also help to reduce noise from dogs barking. A 4ft wide x 2ft tall bar panel was added for viewing and to allow ventilation and light into the runs.
Insulated and wipe clean kennel sleepsThe dog kennel sleeping areas had full height access doors, as well as a dog pop hole with aluminium anti-chew strips. Our customer asked us to line the kennel sleeps with white PVC, which has 40mm insulation underneath. We also added phenolic coated flooring for a wipe clean surface that is easy to clean.
The Kennel DesignAfter a brief chat on the phone, we put together some ideas for our customer to meet her requirements. A floorplan was made along with a rough plan of what the build would look like.
The Finished Kennel Build
What our customer said:
I am really pleased, thank you all for your excellent service and great communication throughout , I love my kennels , would use you again and recommend you to anyone.
- Dogs require protection from the elements so heat is not drawn away from their bodies.
- It’s really important to make sure that your dog’s kennel is always warm and dry.
- If your dog is small or has a thin coat, you may need to invest in a coat to keep them warmer, especially in the winter.
- Monitor temperature daily, ideally your dog and kennel run should be above 10° and below 26°.
- Type of bird: What is the full wingspan and are they an active breed? Will their wings be clipped and, if so how will they get around? These will be a big consideration for the type of aviary you need.
- Location and weather: The location of your aviary should, above all else, keep them safe from the elements. You will need to choose a location that will keep your avian friend sheltered from direct sunlight, harsh winds and heavy rain.
- Insulation: What temperatures can your area get to? Can it become very hot or cold at different times of the year? The location you chose will impact the temperature of the aviary. Will it get direct sunlight during summer or none during the winter – is your garden, or where the aviary is located south or north-facing?
- Security: When you have your aviary installed to make sure it is properly secured. Padlocks are a must, as is to make sure it is secured to the ground.
- Extras: Don’t forget bird feeders, toys and nest boxes (for smaller breeds).
A custom sized single dog kennel and run with bespoke layout, delivered and fitted to Bristol.
Single Dog Kennel With Extended Front Run
This large single dog kennel and run was based on our Sandon kennel range. The kennel had an apex roof which covered the kennel sleeping area and half of the dog run. The dog run also extended out to the front providing ample space for our customer’s two dogs to play and stretch.
The kennel itself measured 8ft x 5ft and was upgraded to have wipe clean flooring and PVC lined insulation. We added a sliding hatch to the dog pop hole as well as a see-through draught screen. Our customer wanted to make sure that the kennel was as comfortable as possible for their new dogs, and we made sure that the kennel was safe and provided plenty of shelter from the elements.
The dog run measured 8ft by 10ft6 in total, having 4ft of it covered by the roof. The open dog run allowed the dogs to have plenty of light for sunbathing, and the kennel overlooked our customer’s beautiful garden. The dogs were very lucky to have so many external sights and sounds to keep them entertained during the day.
To complement the kennel, our customer also ordered two of our heavy duty raised sleeping benches. Raised from the ground on plastic feet, the benches are kept away from sitting water and cold floor, providing a dry day bed for dog snoozes.
Finally, we finished the kennel with our Onduline roofing upgrade. The corrugated bitumen is ideal for wooden buildings sitting under trees. Felt can be damaged by leaves falling and rotting on the roof, so the Onduline helps to extend the lifespan of the dog kennel.
If you have a bespoke project in mind, please do get in touch. We can help with ideas and are happy to talk through different designs with you.