I recently downsized from a 3,000 sq ft house to about a 1,000 square foot house. I have two dogs, an Olde English Bulldogge and MinPin/Chihuaha Mix. The new house wasn't quite big enough for them to run and play. Also my girlfriend is allergic to dogs and being in such a small space with them was bothering her allergies.
I decided to turn my detached garage into a dog house. Well it's not quite Pinterest worthy yet, I got a pretty nice setup. Wound up having the garage insulated with R21 insulation and wound up drywalling the garage and ceilings. Had to move the garage door track a bit to get everything to work but it works great.
I wound up building a dog house within the garage out of some old interior doors, Pink Panther Foam Insulation, a few 1x4's, a tarp, etc. Pretty much all recycled materials. Also, I'm not handy nor do I have a lot of tools so was basically able to piece this together with nothing more than a cheap circular saw and drill.
I live in Chicago so winters here get cold. During some of the negative 0 weather I struggled to keep the garage warm but with the dog house inside the garage I only have to heat a small space to keep them warm.
I picked up a cheap digital thermometer with a sensor so I keep one in the dog house and one in the garage. Garage temperature tends to say from 58 to 66 degrees and dog house from 65 to 71.
I'm using a Cadet Wall heater to heat the garage and a Peroni Oil Filled Radiator to heat the dog house.
There wasn't much info on the internet in terms of how to setup a dog room in the garage or how to build a dog house so figured this may be of help to some of you.
Feel free to drop a comment with any questions...
Equipment I Used
Pelonis Heater For Inside Dog House
120V Cadet Wall Heater For Heating Garage
Chicken Wire For Frame Around Heater In House
1,000 Dog Poop Bags For $15
Temperatur Guage With Seperate Sensor
Everthing else was just scrap wood and materials