The Art of Barkitecture


Barkitecture 2013

I don’t know about you but when someone mentions a doghouse, my mind immediately visualizes the traditional ‘Snoopy’ style design; four walls, peak roof and an arched cutout door. However, my classic visualization has been challenged by the architects, designers and builders competing in this year’s Barkitecture event.  They took dog- house design and construction to a whole new level for this year’s competition.

This unique event, now in it’s eighth year, helps raise awareness and funding for local area animal welfare groups. This year’s beneficiaries include, Cocker Spaniel Rescue of Austin & San Antonio, Meals on Wheels & More’s P.A.L.S. Program, Lil’ Paws Maltese Rescue & Other Petite Paws, Pug Rescue of Austin, and Don’t Bully Me Rescue Texas.


Dean Deville of Deville Custom Homes, takes the idea of sustainable home building very seriously on both the large and small scale.  His design concept started with a 100 year old reclaimed door from one of his current job sites.  The construction was not only sustainable but totally zero cost as well.









I think if the dogs were given a vote, they may select this naturally cooling design.  The roof angle and mosaic tile keep the interior slightly cooler than outdoor temps.


Cooling doghouse or not, the dogs in attendance were resourceful when it came to beating the heat!


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