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Pet How To & DIY

Improve the value of your home by discovering our pet step-by-step tips & ideas.


How to Install a Storm Door with a Dog Door

Ask This Old House general contractor Tom Silva helps a homeowner install a storm door with her active dog in mind

How to Build a Wall-Mounted Pet Organizer

Hooks for leashes, a dressed-up bag dispenser, and a toy shelf keep dog-walking supplies close at hand

How to Build a Murphy Bed for Your Dog

A mutt-sized Murphy bed hides your dog's crash pad inside a fetching built-in cabinet

How to Build a Dog Ramp

This simple DIY project is a dream come true for pooches who have a hard time jumping into bed at night

DIY pet house

How to Build a DIY Pet House

Build your dog or cat a stylish home using a half sheet of plywood. Download these plans and watch the video for instructions on how to build it.

How to Install a Dog Door

Give your pet the freedom to come and go whenever it wishes by installing this energy-efficient kit.

How to Build a Catio

Use basic cedar lumber to create a screened-in patio space that gives cats a breath of fresh air while keeping them close to home

Eight Great Renovations You and Your Dog Will Love

Planning a remodel? Don't forget about Rover. Today's special built-in features and custom designs go way beyond the doggie door

Pet Safe Ice Prevention

Prevent ice on your driveways, sidewalks, and steps by pretreating. It’s better for your pets’ paws, too!

10 Ways to Build a Better Chicken Coop

To safeguard your flock, make sure their permanent shelter is up to snuff

How to Build a Dog Crate

This functional dog crate keeps Fido at bay—and makes a great end table too

10 Pet-Friendly Home Projects

Give your furry friends a little extra attention with these easy-to-build DIY pet projects

How to Build a Dog Gate

A solid-wood DIY gate is a practical upgrade for the well-trained dog—and your home's decor

A Craftsman-Style Doghouse

A bungalow in miniature, complete with wood-shingle siding and a cedar-shake roof for a lucky dog named Gumpy From the popular magazine feature, ''A Doghouse Like Your House''

S20 E27, Tom Silva repairs a dog-chewed newel post

How to Repair a Dog-Chewed Newel Post

This Old House general contractor Tom Silva explains how to bring a gnawed newel post back to its original splendor.

How to Build a DIY Dog Agility Course

Build this easy-to-assemble agility course for your dog, and watch him get happier, healthier—and smarter

4 Small Upgrades That'll Clean Your House for You

Yep, you read that correctly. Make these changes at your entry to stop dirt from ever entering your home in the first place

8 Palaces for Small Pets

No matter how small the animal, some people think very big when creating a home for their pets

How to Create a Dog-Friendly Yard

Your yard is your happy place, and you want it to be your pet’s, too. Here’s how to protect your landscaping while giving her an ideal romping ground.

How to Make a DIY Cat Tower

Build a homemade cat tower out of wood and PVC pipe and keep your feline friend entertained all day.

Cat sitting on top of a DIY bed made from a basket.

How to Make a Cat Bed from a Basket

Need a place for your cat to nap? You can make an easy DIY cat bed using some plywood, a basket, and some creativity. Watch as DIY Expert & House One Editor Jenn Largesse shows you how.

How to Build a Dog Feeding Station

An elevated feeding platform will save your best friend's neck—and it's great for storage, too.


How to Build a Dog Bowl Stand

Ask This Old House general contractor Tom Silva teaches a young Generation NEXT woodworker how to build a dog bowls stand using primarily power tools.

Stylish Gates to Safeguard Your Dog

You love your dog, but sometimes it shouldn’t have the run of the house. Fortunately, there are gate options that are as handsome as they are sturdy; many can be left in place all the time without creating an eyesore or obstacle

Why More Pets Go Missing on July 4th Than Any Other Day of the Year

Prep your dog for noisy fireworks on Independence Day

Create a Dog-Friendly Landscape Plan

Dogscaping 101. Here's everything you need to know before you get started planning your yard

How to Build an Outdoor Dog Bed

A smartly designed outdoor bed is a great place for your pooch to beat the heat.

How to Make Your Home Pet Friendly

Make your home safe and comfortable for furry, feathered, and finned friends