A Queen Anne-Style Doghouse
Victorian-era style gets thrown a curve in this doggie den topped by a conical-capped turret
From the popular magazine feature, ''A Doghouse Like Your House''
House: Queen Anne, 1880-1910
When you're a 90-pound Newfoundland, a simple studio apartment won't do. You need something suitably majestic. Something big and substantial, something with character. What you need is a front-lawn Queen Anne. With its intersecting rooflines, multiple gabled dormers, wraparound porches, and soaring turrets, a Queen Anne is the most over-the-top of Victorian-era styles.
The mahogany witch's cap took a degree in higher mathematics (almost) to execute. Each stave was cut with compound angles tapering from ¾-inch at the point to 2 inches at the base.
Lacking a small-enough sash brush, the windows were painted pale yellow with a fine-art brush.
The doghouse, its turret roof practically scraping the workshop ceiling, gets finishing touches of caulk and paint. The color palette, borrowed from the circa-1900 main house, is white on the body, yellow on the door and window trim, and pastel purple on the dormer. Even the porch ceiling is painted sky blue, a classic period detail.
No detail is too ornate, from the exuberantly carved porch balusters to the often eye-poppingly vivid color schemes. So it's only fitting that our canine castle—6 feet square, 5 feet tall, and a hefty 250 pounds—sports the same level of obsessive craftsmanship, right down to the witch's-hat peak, coopered together with 24 individual staves of mahogany.