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15 Unique Dog Houses via [thepetscentral.com]

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Are you a pet lover? Want to provide best house for your pet dogs? Before shopping for a new dog house, look at these comfortable and stylish dog houses for your pets.

1. Zen Haus Dog Crate

The Zen Haus Dog Crate, a new DenHaus design, is one of the most modern options for you and your dog to live in comfort and style. These dog houses blend in with your furniture, no matter what your style is. No one would know the side table beside your bed or couch is actually a dog house!  Not only will your dog of any size love his new home, but you no longer need to find a place to hide that unsightly metal cage!

The new Zen Haus Dog Crate offers stylish furniture for you and a comfy home for your pet. Not only will your dog be happy, but DenHaus offers a variety of styles and colors that are the perfect accent to any furniture style.

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2.Green Roof Dog House

Not only is the Green Roof Dog House environmentally friendly, but any dog is sure to love it! A green roof is a vertical extension of the roof of a structure that uses a layered system made of vegetation to provide a warm, waterproof home for man’s best friend.

Just a few benefits of the Green Roof system: it provides insulation from temperature and sound, filters dust and particulate matter for cleaner air, and it soothes your dog due to its natural materials and plants. The Green Roof Dog House is a beautiful, environmentally-sound dog house that any dog would love to call home.

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Buy at: Sustainble Pet

3. Magis – Orange Dog House

The Magis Orange Dog House is a super-sturdy outdoor home for man’s best friend. It is made from the best technology available: molded polyethylene and a steel rod base, which offers the sturdiness required of an outdoor dog house, while the fun design is aesthetically pleasing.

Appropriately, the name plate above the door boasts “AMICUS FIDELIS PROTECTIO FORTIS”, which is latin for faithful, strong, protector friend.  The Magis Orange Dog House offers a protective, comfortable home that will please any faithful four-legged friend.

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Buy at: Surrounding

4. Tee Pee Hound Lounge Dog House

Any hound would love this indoor  hide away. The soft, fluffy, sleeping pad covered in fleece offers a great spot for cuddling up and taking a snooze. The sleeping pad is removable and machine washable, making it super easy to keep clean. It holds all dogs up to 40 pounds, and is small enough to tuck in a corner or beside your bed.

The Tee Pee Hound Lounge Dog House comes in khaki green with orange trim or camouflage with orange trim. Your dog may never want to leave his soft, comfy Hound Lounge!

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5. Hunde Hus Indoor Dog House

The Hunde Hus Indoor Dog House is a modern, handmade dog house that is custom made just for you! Built for smaller dogs, it is the perfect modern home for a furry friend complete with a walkout terrace, sheepskin, and a cushion to match the custom color chosen by you.

Not only is it the perfect spot for your diva dog, but it can also be used as the perfect nightstand or end table to accent your original style. Choose your own custom color and the Hunde Hus Indoor Dog House will be handcrafted just for you!

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Buy at: Etsy

6. Bark in the Park Doghouse

Check out this original, unique dog house submitted by Moira of Dog Art Today. This is an example of an inexpensive way to build your own dog house that Fido will love! Made of leftover lumber, cedar siding, salvage panel windows, and a traffic sign, this dog house is sure to be the envy not only of the dogs in your neighborhood, but your friends and neighbors as well.

Constructed by the design team Graypants, this industrial, modern-looking house was donated to be auctioned off at Bark in the Park to help raise funds for mistreated animals.

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7. Pet Pavilion Dog House:

You won’t be sending your dog into outer space, although it may appear so!  The Pet Pavilion Dog House is a new invention displayed at the Korean Trade Show. This small pod has features never heard of before for dogs or humans!  It contains a carbon heating element which allows you to set the temperature and humidity to your dog’s demands.

Believe it or not, it also boasts an antibiotic air filter for dust-removal and a carbon filter for those nasty odors dogs are known to leave behind! Check out all the benefits of the Pet Pavilion Dog House to see if it meets the standards of your four-legged friend!

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8. Cool Pet House:

The Cool Pet House is an innovative, technologically advanced hangout for your small pet. It won Best New Product for 2008-2009 at the Australian Pet Expo and comes equipped with an optional web cam! The Cool Pet House comes with its own thermostat you can use to control the temperature and humidity settings to your pet’s preference.

The optional web cam allows you to keep an eye on your furry friend no matter where you are in the world! All this, along with LED interior lighting, can be controlled by a wireless remote or a timer, both of which are included with purchase of the Cool Pet House.

This is a great way to save money and power, as you can set the Pet House to desired settings instead of your entire house to make sure your pet is comfortable while you are away. The power cord is made of flexible metal, which makes it almost impossible to sever. The Cool Pet House assembly is simple, no tools required. It can be transported with ease and assembled and disassembled within minutes. Get the latest in 5-star luxury for your pet with the Cool Pet House!

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9. Travelling Dog House

Here’s a travelling dog house for the jet-setting lifestyle of the dog living life in the fast lane! A summer and a winter version are available, both made of baked clay. Platinum hardware adds the perfect accent for your dog to travel in style.

The winter version has a warm, soft fur lining to keep every diva dog warm while traveling. The travelling dog house is one of six creations by Italian artist Marco Morosini in his line of dog houses appropriately named “Dog Is A God”. Every dog will be traveling in style with Morosini’s traveling creation!

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Designer: Marco Morosini http://www.marcomorosini.com

10. Sport Alu Cage

The Sport Alu Cage is a versatile, portable home for man’s best friend.  Created by Pet Ego, the Sport Alu Cage is an over sized home perfect for larger dogs. Comfortable and roomy, it is made with aluminum making it able to support up to 400 pounds of weight!  It is not only sturdy, but it folds up almost flat in one simple step.

Complete with a super-wide front opening, light reflectors, and a huge pocket in the front, this is the perfect portable home for any furry friend. The entire system is lightweight, and is available in orange and gray.

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11. £250,000 Dog House

Imagine a palace built for two with two bedrooms and a day lounge, temperature controlled daybeds, self cleaning dishware, temperature controlled spa, an outdoor shelter with TV outside, and a 52 inch plasma television inside.

There is also an outdoor play area, and to top it all off a retina-scanning security system. Ready to move in? The only problem is, it’s for the dogs!  This £250,000 Dog House also includes a doggy web cam and controlled access to the main house! Luxury and comfort are taken to the extreme in this dog house, fit for a king or queen. In this house, a four-legged companion has all the luxuries most of us only dream about!

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12. 21st Century Eco-Friendly Dog House

The 21st Century Eco-Friendly Dog House is a unique way for your dog to relax. This original creation is partially buried underground which provides natural cooling in the summer and heating in the winter. Not only is this dog house environmentally friendly, but the outer shell is virtually indestructible. The underground design allows your dog to follow its natural instincts.

The Eco-Friendly Dog House requires no assembly, and it is made from 20% recycled material, which is an added bonus. Save money on heating and cooling while providing your dog with a lifetime home he will love.

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13. Outdoor planter with dog house

Here is a cute, amusing piece that you would never guess is a small dog house. A bright purple outdoor planter is actually a bright, comfy place for your furry friend to lay his head! This outdoor planter is from De Castelli, an Italian take on outdoor high end designed dog houses. Not only will your dog love his new home, but this planter is sure to be a conversation piece every time you step outside!

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14 .Dog House

James Sun has given us two of his designs based on the modern dog house.  Both structures are basically identical, with the difference being the design of the siding around the outside. There are openings on each side that offer your furry friend the ability to check out the surroundings. The roof offers protection from the sun and rain.

The floor is large enough for any cushion or bedding, if your dog prefers. The large size of the houses allow for plenty of room for any size dog to be comfortable. This is the perfect outdoor doghouse with just the right modern touch.

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15. Modern Wire Dog Crate

The Modern Wire Dog Crate is perfect whether on the go or at home. Also known as eiCrate, it’s the perfect modern home for any dog up to 25 pounds.  The steel wire is designed in a sleek, modern criss-cross pattern, and the liner is not only leak proof but is removable as well for easy cleaning.

This durable yet lightweight crate is great for traveling and, with its ultra-modern look, is the perfect accessory for any fashionista. Designed by Peter Pracilio for designGo, it is available in black, white, silver, and 22.5k gold for those diva dogs that want only the very best. Check out the eiCrate now.

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Luxury Birdhouses by John Looser for Your 1st Class Feathered Friends. via [davesgarden]

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Extreme birdhouses; designed and built by DG member John Looser

By April (Aunt_A)

These birdhouses are unbelievable and amazing. John, a
Dave’s Garden member, designs and builds what he calls “Extreme
Birdhouses“; some of these weigh hundreds of pounds. Click on this
article to see many pictures of John’s famous designs and to read the
story of how these birdhouses grew from the ashes of his destroyed
dreams.

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You may call them bird castles in the sky, luxury bird condominiums or
simply mansions. Some birds call these houses “home”, thanks to John
Looser, a Dave’s Garden member. After a devastating doctor’s
diagnosis, John’s passion for woodworking and building houses emerged
in a relentless drive to build wonderful birdhouses.  Here is John’s
story and pictures of his “Extreme Birdhouses”.

Please note: all the following pictures and designs are
copyrighted by Mr. John Looser, an artist recognized in the province of
Ontario, Canada.

Extreme birdhouses designed by Canadian artist John Looser
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John’s talent for
woodworking began early in life; he began building homes for people
when he was only 15. His natural ability and his love for woodworking
shone through many projects. John’s daddy was a carpenter, so he grew up
on a lumber mill with a hammer in his hand and a head full of plans
and dreams.  John built anything: homes, fences, decks. John’s life was
full of woodworking and homebuilding.

However,
before John was 40 years old, an accident at work left him unable to
continue building. Doctors told John that he would never return to work
due to the chronic, debilitating pain. John, an active young man with
so much life before him, was depressed and devastated. He stated,
“After sitting around for a few years, I thought maybe I could still do
some woodworking on a smaller scale. That is when I came up with the
idea of building Extreme Birdhouses.”

John’s
first birdhouse was only about 16 inches square with 6 bird apartments.
He says, “the birds wasted no time moving in”. Soon people began to
slow down their cars to look at his bird house. Then, he created larger
birdhouses; more people slowed down to stare. Now, about 7 years later,
John has built 46 Extreme Birdhouses. The largest was over 9 feet wide
and 8 feet tall. One of the houses weighs over 500 pounds, has 32
dormers, 14 different roofs and 103 bird apartments. Some have other fun
features including swimming pools (bird baths) in the roof. John does
not work from plans, so the ideas come to him as he constructs the
homes. Although he spent almost two years working on his favorite (and
largest) birdhouse, most of them require between two days and six weeks
to build. The homes have a natural, rustic look because John creates
them from reclaimed 80  to 150 year old barn wood. Enjoy the following
pictures of some of his work.

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Many
people wonder how the birdhouses are mounted. John stated, “They
are usually mounted 8
feet in the air. Sometimes I have to use a farm tractor to lift them in
the air. It takes about 1 hour to mount one securely. All the insides
are removable for easy cleaning.” It appears (in the following
pictures) that some of John’s friends wish he would create some fun
houses for them as well…

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“Are there any
others on the market right now?
We, however, have some feathered
friends
who would be delighted with this fancy home.”
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John
said, “
I mainly build (the birdhouses) to help me deal
with my chronic pain, but now I am getting more and more people wanting
one so I have been getting requests to build copies of…homes and
cottages.The best
part is the birds love them. It is nice to look out the window
everyday and to watch them come and go.
The most rewarding
part about building these is it keeps my mind busy from daily pain and
it gives me a reason to keep fighting.

Beauty through the seasons
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More interesting
information:

  • John builds two
    different styles of houses; the shape of the entrance holes are
    different for various species of birds. He focuses on sparrows,
    swallows and Purple Martins.
  • Although John has given away many of his creations to family
    and friends, a “small” 30 inch square Extreme Birdhouse costs about
    $400.00, while a home over 5 feet wide costs between $1,500.00 and
    $2,000.00.
  • John custom
    designs and builds birdhouses.
  • John’s
    birdhouses have given him back his life. See below for pictures of
    John’s other projects, including rustic arbors and lawn ornaments.
  • You may contact
    John here, at Dave’s Garden or write:  John Looser , RR3 Brussels
    Ontario, Canada.
  • There are two
    threads about John’s projects in Dave’s Garden’s community Discussion
    Forums. Click here
    for the first thread or here
    for the second. These threads are open to visitors.
  • John’s Dave’s
    Garden’s user name is cranbrook2.
  • Dave’s Garden
    has hundreds of other talented members that love gardens, nature and
    animals. This is just a spotlight on one of the many wonderful members
    here.



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