A Greek Revival-Style Doghouse
This scaled-down, farmhouse replica stays true to its 19th-century roots with hand-cut clapboards and wraparound veranda
From the popular magazine feature, ''A Doghouse Like Your House''
House: Greek Revival, 1825-1860
A farmhouse without a dog is like a ...well, we don't even want to contemplate it. And neither does Emma. When the frisky yellow Labrador gets tired of barking at cows, digging holes in the garden, and chasing skunks on the range, she kicks back in a clapboard version of an American icon. Surely, original homesteaders couldn't find a better place to pass a summer afternoon than under the shade of its broad porch, which sweeps around the house like a cool country breeze.
Mark Jolliffe cuts angles for the porch roof with a miter saw. Like that on the main house, the broad overhang serves a practical function, channeling rainwater away from the structure.
Emma's porch posts get some finishing touches on a bench sander. The 10 posts were made from 1x1 stock stair spindles, glued and nailed into place.
Like the real house, the doghouse features an elegantly simple exterior, devoid of elaborate trim. But the distinctive details were reproduced impeccably, including the cornice on the gable's pediment, the square-edged column capitals, and the pattern of the clapboard siding.
In addition to that classic farmhouse feature, this miniature version shares the main house's Greek Revival details: a pediment on the gable end, graceful porch columns, and (okay, here our crew went a little overboard) a faux-verdigris porch roof, painted to look like standing-seam copper.
So what if the tiny louvered shutters won't really close during a storm? Any animal lover knows that with the first clap of thunder, even the skunk-chasingest canines beat it up to the big-house porch, safe in the company of their two-legged companions.