We are purchasing this shed which is 8X16 feet. Part of it will be blocked off inside with a wall to separate yard tools from the dogs' side. Their side will be 8X12 feet. I will mount a doggie door in it and this will lead to a large kennel outside. The whole thing will sit behind our garage which is not visible from the street and barely visible to our neighbors so it should reduce the amount of barking done by my neighbor's dogs - she's already had complaints filed against them. This will be where my dogs will be when we aren't home. They will be out of sight from people going by the front of my house. It's proving to be impossible in this house to keep them confined to one area by use of a plastic pen. I hate to line up crates and restrict them to that small a space for that long. That way the dining area where I currently keep them in a pen can be used for something else.
I plan to apply stick on vinyl tile to the floor and partly up the walls in the shed in case of potty accidents and for easier cleanup. We are also installing electric for lights and a window air conditioner as well as insulating/drywalling the interior. I don't want them to potty on the grass in the kennel part so I thought about laying down straw again which I don't like much since they track it all over the house so how about pea gravel? I think that would prevent mud to keep things cleaner and it would make poop cleanup easier. On the inside I think I might purchase a couple cheap twin beds/mattresses for them to lay on instead of dog beds - that way I can put waterproof mattress protectors on them. Any other ideas on what I should put in there? I think I will paint it a bright color inside and hang all my dog related pictures too. Thinking it will be a pretty cool "dog house" for them once I'm done. I'll have to post pics in progress. I'm hoping to have it all done by August.