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LRL (green) Cribs!

Welcome to this episode of LRL (los Rodriguez life) Cribs! Nashville weather can hit extremes during summer and winter, so our superstars Chupete and Choripan needed a place to protect them from the elements (they really don’t spend that much time outside but they needed to be homeowners just in case). So I decided to build houses for each of them. I didn’t want just the typical dog houses, though, so I started looking around for plans with the following criteria:

  • Insulated
  • Easy to Clean
  • Durable
  • Stylish!!!
Bienvenidos a este episodio de Cunas LRL (Los Rodriguez Life) !El clima en Nashville es extremo durante el verano y el invierno, asi que nuestras super estrellas Chupete y Choripan necesitaban un lugar para protegerse del mal tiempo (no pasan mucho tiempo afuera pero igual necesitan ser duenos de casa por si acaso). Asi que decidimos contruirles casa. No queriamos la tipica casa de perro, asi que me puse a buscar planos con los siguientes requisitos:

  • Murallas aisladas
  • Facil de limpiar
  • Durables
  • Con estilo!!!
I was able to find the perfect set of building plans online and with the help of friends and family I gathered the tools and materials I needed to complete this project. I followed the instructions to a tee, except for the second house where I added a few inches to make it bigger and instead of using Styrofoam as insulator I also used a roll of fiberglass insulation (like the kind you use at home). I am not going to bore you going through the step-by-step since the online instructions can do that. Pude encontrar los planos perfectos online y con la ayuda de familiares y amigos junte los materiales y herramientas necesarias para completar el proyecto. Segui las instrucciones al pie de la letra, excepto en la segunda casa donde agregue unos cuantos centimetros para hacerla mas grandey en vez de usar plumavit (no estoy seguro si se escribe asi) use tambien un rollo de aislante de fibra de vidrio. No los voy a aburrir con el paso-a-paso ya que las instrucciones online hacen eso.
at Lowe’s with our friend Matt McCarty who lent us his truck to help haul the materials
All loaded up in the truck!
We love these houses because the roof is removable, making it easier to clean. The insulation helps the dogs maintain a good temperature in the house. It has 2 rooms, so the dog can get in and turn into a very well protected area where they can stay away from rain and cold. If they want to feel the fresh breeze they can also lay down in the room that has the door, giving them a couple of options when it comes to chillaxing during the day. The construction is sturdy (they are pretty heavy houses) and we know they will last for a while. Finally, the best part, you can do anything you want to them in terms of design and improvements. Nos encantan estas casas porque el techo se puede sacar, haciendo facil la limpieza. El aislante ayuda a los perros a mantener una buena temperatura en la casa. Tiene 2 cuartos, asi el perro puede entrar y meterse a un area muy bien protegida donde queda lejos de la lluevia y el frio. Si quieren sentir la brisa fresca tambien peuden hecharce en el cuarto que tiene la puerta, dandoles la opcion de un par de lugares al momento de relajarse durante el dia. La construccion es firme (son bien pesadas) y sabemos que duraran un buen tiempo. Fianlmente, la mejor parte, peudes hacer lo que quieras en cuanto a decoracion y mejoras.
We decided to add shingles to the roof (we had a few left over in the basement) and give the houses a coat of exterior paint to protect the wood since its not pressure treated wood. If you are thinking “then why didn’t you use pressure treated wood???” Well the chemicals they use to treat the wood can be toxic to your dogs…so don’t do it. Decidimos agregar tejas de asfalto al techo (teniamos extras en el subterraneo) y una pasada de pintura exterior para proteger la madera ya que no es madera tratada. Si t preguntas porque no use madera tratada? La razon son los quimicos que usan para tratar la madera, alargan la vida util de la madera pero son toxicos para los perros….asi que no lo hagas.
Then it was time to make the houses special, we first thought about what kind of house would fit our dogs names. Well since Choripan is some sort of hotdog in Chile and Chupete means lollipop, we decided for a Hot Dog stand “El Rey del Choripan” (The king of Choripan) and a Candy Shop “Chupete’s Sweet Shack”. We used the paint we have been saving through the years (Leslie kept insisting they’d come in handy some day!) and added color to the cribs! We had a can of chalkboard paint that we used to put a menu or a sign on the outside of the dog houses so they would really looks like a shop or a hot dog stand. Una vez terminadas era tiempo de hacerlas especiales, primero pensamos que tipo de casa iba bien con los nobmres de los perros. Ya que los nombres son Choripan y Chupete decidimos hacer un local de choripan y una tienda de dulces! Usamos pinturas que hemos guardado cada vez que pintamos algo (Leslie siempre insiste en gusrdarlas ya que algun dia seria utiles!) y le pusimos color a las casas! Teniamos un tarro de pintura de pizarron que usamos para crear un menu y un cartel afuera de las casas que ayudan a darle mas realismo a las tiendas.
For Choripan’s doghouse, Leslie used painter’s tape to make thick red stripes around the roof to add a bit of character. We couldn’t leave Chupete’s plain, of course, so I used my jigsaw to cut out lots of different sized dots from leftover plywood, which Leslie painted. We sanded the sides of the doghouses and painted them, then attached the dots with tiny nails so they wouldn’t go through the walls. The front menus or signs that we made with chalkboard paint are framed with painted yardsticks. We were going to buy wood that fit the dimensions we wanted, but yardsticks were about $4 cheaper a piece so we just bought a few of those, sanded them down so you couldn’t see the numbers and painted over them. (**also – we added caulking to seal up the houses and paint does NOT stick to caulking, so just make sure you are really neat about adding it because there are some spots on the houses where the paint wouldn’t stick!) Para la casa de Choripan, Leslie uso cinta adhesiva de pintura para marcar las vetas rojas al rededor del techo para darle mas caracter. No podiamos dejar la casa de Choripan sin adornos asi que con una sierra cortamos un monton de circulos de madera de diferentes tamanos y Leslie los pinto de diferentes colores. Lijamos los lados de la casa y los pintamos, luego pusimos los circulos usando clavos muy pequenos para que no atravezaran la muralla. Las pizarras las hicimos usando ese tarro de pintura de pizarron y las enmarcamos con pedazos de madera. Era mas barato comprar reglas de madera y lijarlas hasta que los nuemros desaparecieran y pintarlas que comprar madera del tamano que necesitabamos para los marcos (ahorramos como $4 dolares por pieza). Tambien usamos silicona para sellar cualquier espacio, pero hay que tener cuidado porque la pintura no se pega a la silicona asi que hay que hacerlo con cuidado)
The very last step in this fun & crazy process was a last minute decision to paint the roofs white. Leslie read an article this afternoon about the benefits of painting your roof white and immediately wanted to do that to our roof. That may be another post someday, but for now the most immediate thing we could do was to paint the doghouse roofs white. We had some paint in our basement so as soon as we placed the doghouses in their final destination next to our back door we took two paintbrushes to the roofs and went to town. This way, the doghouses are earth-friendly and the pups can keep their electric bills low! (just kidding…obviously…but it will help control the heat inside!!) El ultimo paso en este entretenido y loco proceso fue ladecision de ultimo minuto de pintar los techos blancos. Leslie leyo un articulo una tarde sobre los beneficios de pintar tu techo blanco y queria de inmediato pintar el techo de la casa. Eso tal vez sera un post otro dia pero por ahora lo que podiamos hacer era pintar los techos de las casas de los perros. Teniamos pintura extra asi que despues de poner las casas en su lugar final, cerca de la puerta trasera, agarramos las brochas y nos pusimos a pintar. De esta manera, las casas de los perros son buenas para el medio ambiente y los perros pueden reducir su cuenta electrica! (no pa tanto…pero si hara las casas un poquito mas frescas durante los calurosos dias en Nashville!!)
All in all, I think our dogs are pretty proud owners of their brand new digs! Despues de todo, creo que los perros estan orgullosos de sus nuevas casas!
with the white roofs

12 thoughts on “LRL (green) Cribs! Leave a comment

  1. Jajajajajajaja

    Esta demasiado bueno!!! Creo que Javier deberia diseñar una para la almendra para que se la construyamos, aun es un perrito sin hogar propio, solo la proteje su manta, pronto les mandare una foto para que la vean.

    Quedaron hermosas felicitaciones por su ingenio, un abrazo enorme!!!

    • ajaja pobre almendrits!

      yo creo que ella esta muy acostumbrada a la mantita o al cartoncito….si le hacen una casa creo que no necesita 2 cuartos sino uno ya que esta acostumbrada y sino seria muy grande y pesada la casita

  2. Jajajajaja pero tu tampoco tomas la iniciativa de decir ya vamos por los materiales alexander!!!!! todo para que los demás piensen que yo no hago nada jajajajaja a mi también me gusta la de choripan!!!

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