When it comes to dog house design, the Austin Barkitecture competition attracts lots of talent and it's all for a great cause. Barkitecture 2012 will be held this November, and it has already raised $20,000 in sponsor commitments to local rescue agencies.  The dog house designs are something to behold.  Here are 5 of my favorites from Barkitecture 2010 and 2011.

 

1. Barkitecture 2010, Best Urban Dwelling, by Olson Defendorf Custom Homes

It's raised to prevent flooding, it offers shade and ventilation, and I can just see the solar cells on the roof. Florals give such a nice touch and they're no effort for a dog to water.

 

Barkitecture 2010 Best Urban Dwelling, Olsen Defendorf Custom HomesBarkitecture 2010 Best Urban Dwelling, Olsen Defendorf Custom Homes

 

2. Barkitecture 2010, Most Unusual, by Studio AutoForma

Lovely form, well-ventilated, 360° panorama, and a curvy form for curling up.

 

Barkitecture 2010 Most Unusual, Studio AutoFormaBarkitecture 2010 Most Unusual, Studio AutoForma

 

3. Barkitecture 2011, Largest Fundraiser, VII Custom Homes

Now you have to admit that there's something very appealing about a home you would chose for yourself... well, if it were a bit larger.  From the windows to the outdoor lighting to the tennis balls in the planter... this one is really precious.

 

Barkitecture 2011, Largest Fundraiser, VII Custom HomesBarkitecture 2011, Largest Fundraiser, VII Custom Homes

 

4. Barkitecture 2011, Best In Show, Cesar Millan / Spring Builders

A dog needs privacy sometimes and it's here, but to much privacy and he won't know what he's barking at.  Airy with a cute roof-top garden.  I presume this dog house has a gated entry!

 

Barkitecture 2011, Best In Show, Cesar Millan / Spring BuildersBarkitecture 2011, Best In Show, Cesar Millan / Spring Builders

 

5. Barkitecture 2010, Best Backyard Bungalow, True Interiors  

Now this is just adorable. I love the porch canopy, a quaint old table... the steps leading to the roof where her dog toys lie.. the small rectangular openings on the opposite wall for sniffing the outside air...

 

Barkitecture 2010 Best Backyard Bungalow, True InteriorsBarkitecture 2010 Best Backyard Bungalow, True Interiors

 

Why not try your own eye for dog house design! If you can design it, but can't build it, you can probably find a builder or handy-person to help you out.  For more details on the Barkitecture 2012 competition, visit the site.

 

That's the buzz for today!

 

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