Let's see those winterized setups give some newbies that may have outdoor setups or even those in subzero areas that looking at indoor setups as well.
I don't have a lot but, our winters are pretty mild compared to some even though I'm in Kentucky. However, I'm in the western part so we're a good 3 hours from the Appalachian side. We may get an Ice Storm here or there where we get down to -15 but, usually we won't get below mid 20's at night. I use kennels now since my dad dislikes chain setups because, they're an "eye sore."
So here is where I'm going with the newer setup I'm planning this is just a rough version as I just got my first of the new kennels I'm adding. So my boys beagle girl got this one to get her put up before the dreaded first heat emerges. First things first I bough a 5'x10' Doc Bob Professional Kennel with 8 gauge wire from Tractor Supply these bad boys are only $299.99 so not to shabby for a decent premade kennel. (although I'd love to make my own with 6 gauge horse panels and wood frame much like Tom Garners setup) Some times you can catch them on sale for $270.99 and add their in store coupon for 15% off anything in store which brings it down to about $230.34 before tax a kennel. I, unfortunately, just came into the money for this one 2 weeks to late. This is what it looks like.....
I then added some old mining belt I use around the kennels for better footing when its a mud bog out back for the flooring which you can see here before I put it in the kennel.
I then went to Rural King and got the smaller tarps as you can get 5'x7' tarp for $2.99 and 6'x8' tarp for $3.99 the next size up which is like 10'x12' was like $8.99. So you get more square footage overall for price when staying small. The kennel is made up of six 5'x6' panels so I used three 5'x7's for the sides I wrapped them with the 7' side horizontal as its best to leave a vent at the top to prevent tipping. Then I used a 6'x8' for a temporary roof (until I build one will go into detail at end) to keep snow from getting into her dog house area. I then added a Red cedar and Straw mixture to her doghouse. (Cedar for critters and moisture deflection. Straw for warmth.) Then I got a 250w outdoor brooder lamp from Rural King as well and put an infrared bulb in it. I hung it on the inside just past the tarp threshold and pointed it toward her doghouse. Now I will say with the 5' panels being used for this kennel causes the 10' side to have a weak spot right in the center where it connects. I don't care how tight you bolt it the bars can still slide around in the links. Basically, I woke this morning with a hourglass kennel outside and Baliee was freaking out. So then after careful thought I went and measure the make shift puppy kennel she graduated out of. I found it was 5'x10' as well but was only like 3' tall since the 10' sides were made out of a 10'x6' kennel side my dad cut in two and then built a front and back on to it. So I took the door side which was 5' and took the door off so there was an entry and exit. Then I used the pole from the 10' side my father bolted to the wood so I just simply unbolted and then added it to the new kennel then voila no more hourglass kennel. This also helps with securing the heat in around her house as I have moved it since these pics but, here is the end result for the time being which is still a work in progress.
I added red cedar to the partitioned off area(house area) bottom for comfort. I will probably add another heat lamp as well as this one isn't quite enough if it gets any colder. Her water is in the corner right under the heat lamps beam it gets the most heat helps the water from freezing as bad since her bucket is tiny.
This was Lou and Akiliya's setup for last year pretty well the same just better tarp blocks and working on a partition with a entry and exit hole that opens up like a door at the top for me to get through to shovel poo. I have a couple horse mats for bottom on the dog house side. Also getting power run out to them so I can add a couple heat lamps as well. Their kennel is a 8'x25' run with like 6 gauge chain link. (with exception of the door unfortunately) We bought the fence from the military base in Fort Campbell when they redone their fence. The inner kennel side I was using to reinforce the door since its got a hole has been replaced with hog wire. Straw was also added this year to their doghouse bedding but outer floor in blocked area has Cedar only. This pen has been recoated with rustoleum paint since the chewing problem has been fixed aswell. It started rusting something awful last year about mid summer.
Oh an yes Akiliya and Lou's pen was rigged to heck and back thanks to my husband whom won't help me do anything so I made due with what I had.
Now to my roof idea for the 5'x10' I want an actual full roof for it so my idea is to frame out a frame with 2"x4"s with a low arch. After that Ill be adding tin to it. The attachment I believe will be I will take two 2"x4"s and frame then around the inside and outside of the bottom of the frame to make a groove to set directly on top of the kennel and use bolts to hold in place just under the top bar but going through the 2"x4"s i used to make a groove. This way I can remove it for repairs easily with little to no effort. Here's a rough drawing of what I'm talking about.