• On September 21, 2016 ·

Canine Cottage Competition


In spring of 2016 Bakker Construction was approached with an interesting project. It was to create a house from scratch that would eventually become a home for one (or possibly two). There were themes to choose from and the house would eventually be auctioned off for charity. The most interesting part was who the house was being built for: it would eventually become the home of a beloved pet.

Alain Pinel held its first annual Canine Cottage Competition during the Carmel Concourse in August of 2016. The houses were auctioned off for charity with the proceeds benefiting the SPCA of Monterey County. Designers and builders collaborated on one project for the event, though Bakker Construction, as a design-build firm, did both the design and the construction of the doghouse.

Our team put our heads together and immediately recognized that we wanted to construct the doghouse based on a recent historic renovation we had completed in Pacific Grove. This century old house had a classic column structure, and anchored a corner in Pacific Grove near the ocean and the Monterey Bay Aquarium. We approached the owners of the home with this idea, and they were excited about the project and told us we could move forward.

This project was truly a team effort; everyone had a hand in building the doghouse. For the designer, this meant scaling down the house, while retaining the essence of the original home, calling for a lot of cutting, sanding, drilling, and building! Wherever we could, we used the same materials that were used on the home (though obviously a bit smaller). The shingled roof in particular was one of the more challenging aspects to recreate.

After many hours put in by the crew, and the ornate detail that went into the final structure, the house was truly a site to behold. One of the more amazing details was the hydraulic roof which opened to become a storage area. One of our goals was to maximize the utility of the house, and making sure that every space was functional, whether the dog was large or small.

The doghouses were put out on display in Carmel in front of Alain Pinel’s offices on Junipero in between 5th and 6th streets in Carmel, CA. At the end of the display an event was held and the doghouses were auctioned off. The turnout for the event was amazing, and so were the collection of doghouses. The silent auction brought in top dollar for all of the houses. The event and auction provided much needed and deserved support for our local chapter of the SPCA, specifically benefiting finding homes for animals at their shelter.

The lucky bidder for the Bakker Construction home was Jennifer Lo of Pebble Beach, who received the doghouse several days after the bid when it was delivered by the Bakker Team. Upon receiving the doghouse and discussing the project with Bakker, Jennifer stated, “I was excited to win the canine cottage designed and built by Bakker Construction at Alain Pinel’s 1st Annual Canine Cottage Competition!  My dogs love their new doggie cottage, and we love the beauty and craftsmanship of the piece. I am glad my donation will help the SPCA house other animals in the area.”

This whole project brought the team at Bakker Construction closer together, and we look forward to more rewarding experiences like this one in the coming years. Thank you to Alain Pinel Carmel, the SPCA for Monterey County, and all of the other builders and designers for being a part of this amazing event!