Our kennel sign, hand chiseled in sandstone by Ron!
The Kennel Building
I know, over the top. Our dogs deserve the best!!
The side entry with Privacy fencing
The breeze way between the house and the kennel
Winter photos from 2008
The covered runs in the back of the building
Snow sculpture by Mother nature!
The following photographs document the building of our kennel
and improvements to the property for our dogs
Construction of the East Wing
Ron applying the brick veneer
This detail shows the projections of brick around the windows
Inside of the building showing back room with 5 separate kennels
Kennels from the inside are 4' x 4' with 1 inch chain link, concrete block mini-walls with sloped mortar top sealed, all sealed with epoxy paint.
detail of latches that make it difficult for dogs to open
Green board sheetrock and the furnace (heat pump)
The back of the building before the concrete runs and roof were constructed
Detail of dog doors, notice the soldier course above the doors!
I had to do a lot of talking for that to happen!
Detail of aluminum dog doors and the nicely cleaned brick
Pouring the concrete for the runs
They set the concrete truck and the pump truck in our driveway.
They pumped the grout over the top of the building...
to the dog run area...
pumping concrete for the kennel runs
The floor was poured in two pieces
The red tape covers the drain for the dog runs. Tape was placed over the drain so the dog runs and the 5 ' walkway (area between the drain and the block) could be poured at one time. The dog runs will end just before the drain. The drain system drains into a drywell. The block will be a split face block wall with turf block and pilasters that will match the block wall around our paddock.
Ron helping with the pumping of the concrete.
Finishing the pour. Note you can't see the red tape. Once the concrete was set up a little we pulled the tape.
The roof is now on and we are getting ready for roofing!
We have finished the roof, gutters, chain link runs, walkways, and stained the beams so they are a nice cherry color now! Fancy, fancy! Ron also added a privacy fence made of turf block for the dogs. The columns are split faced block and the lattice looking sections are actually made of turf block. This is Ron's design and I have NEVER seen anything like it! I LOVE being married to a mason!
Sidewalk between the house and East Wing
The walkway showing the drains next to the chain link, the concrete sidewalk and fence. The block fence has proven to be a great thing because it partially blocks wind, snow, and leaves from blowing into the dog runs.
Tiling the inside of the building
This is the product Ron used to affix the tiles to the wall. To keep prices down we purchased tiles and I cut them in half so they would be rectangular instead of square.
Ron applying tiles to the wall. Notice he starts in a corner with a full piece then stops short of the next corner. He lays this out then cuts the tiles to fit where needed.
Ron tiled right up to the support for our whelping room door.
Ron applying the adhesive to the tile. Notice he is not covering it to the edge.
Ron moving to the kennel room to apply more tile.
Taping in preparation for grouting. The blue tape is easily removed from the wall. Notice how the joints are all the same width. Taping is critical because as you will see this is a VERY messy job!
Messy, even for a professional!
This is the consistency of the grout he used.
The finished whelping room
The puppy runs inside the building
The finished puppy stalls. The center chain link can be swung open so they can have the whole area when they transition from the whelping box to the runs.
The Kennel area
The stainless was tub. This was made by Groomer's Best and is the walk through tub. The tub comes with a removable ramp. We purchased the slide in door (at the top of the ramp), the shampoo box (upper right of the tub), and the plumbing kit from the same company.
Here are the finished inside runs. We have kuranda beds in each stall.
The Privacy wall and walkway to the East of the building
Almost done! Here is Ron finishing the last lead.
We still plan on capping out the top of the pilaster and we will continue the wall to meet the existing block fence in our back yard.
Iron gates were added to the walkways at the front of the building,
the privacy wall was modified,
and the fence was extended to the back yard.
I love wrought iron!
The privacy wall BEFORE extending the pilasters (notice the arborvitae at the end of the fence).
The privacy wall AFTER extending the pilasters (notice no arborvitae and the fence is extended).
MUCH MORE STYLISH!!!
Extending the privacy wall for noise abatement
Added Puppy and Dog Yards,
and concrete to high use areas of the yards
(My Valentine's Day gifts)
Notice the concrete walkway along the inside of the puppy yard fence?
This was added to keep the area around the gate "relatively" mudless, prevent them from digging out, and help with nail care.
Let them do the work to keep their nails ground down!
Boy the pups sure will love that large area to play in!
Just in time for Valentines Day!
Fencing the two more dog yards!
Added Concrete side walks around entry to dog yards
Great idea for reducing mud!
Sculpted Kennel Name is Sandstone,
pulled arborvitae, and planted trees in dog yards
In the shop, before Ron chiseled the sides to make them split faced.
The final product is ONE OF A KIND!!!!
The arborvitae were pulled and little leaf LInden trees were planted for shade. That is my favorite kind of tree!
More pictures to come in the springtime after they leaf out! I sure wish they would grow faster!
What will be next?