How to Build Squirrel House (Simple Checklist)

by McKenny Joshua | Last Updated: June 28, 2019
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Most garden enthusiasts may not appreciate squirrels. However, you can protect your garden by building them a sanctioned area.

Building a squirrel home is a fun project for the family during those raining seasons in the winter or fall.

It’s the same thought process that goes into making a tank for hermit crabs — a fun pet to keep if you ask me.

Here are 6 Steps to Build a Squirrel House:

Step #1. Gather your tools

Step #2. Gather the wooden boards

Step #3. Measure and cut the front and back panels

Step #4. Create the side walls

Step #5. Create a doorway

Step #6. Attach the walls

Building the squirrel house can be even easier when you have a unique plan and assembly instructions.

Designing the squirrel house does not make them pets. This might be different from hermit crabs or other uncommon pets which you may decide to keep.

Squirrels may cause nasty injuries using their sharp teeth as well as the long and sharp toes.

You can only provide storage and nesting room for the squirrels to assist with the local squirrel population.  This post will take you through the entire process or simply watch the video below to learn how to build a squirrel house.

But first, let’s talk about the various designs you can adopt.

4 Squirrel house designs

1. Squirrel den

The squirrel den is suitable for the squirrel family. If you are building a squirrel den, you have to create three rectangular shaped structures.

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Mother and father will live together until little ones are born. This is typical of cat pets that tend to live in most cases.

The mother squirrel will chase away the father squirrel to care for the little ones.

After the little squirrels are old enough, they will move to the third den while the mother and father squirrel will resume their lifestyle.

Place the squirrel den close to a tree trunk for squirrels to access easily.

Include the interior steps on top and bottom of the structure to provide natural movement options. A storage area is also necessary for keeping nuts and food.

2. Squirrel nesting house

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The squirrel nesting house will accommodate the newborn squirrels until they are old enough to live on their own. The mother squirrel lives with the little ones in the nesting house.

The nesting home should have adequate ventilation and be placed in a south facing position against the strong wind and precipitation.

Also, ensure the nesting house is mounted in a hidden place away from predators and rough weather.

3. Feeder and nesting box combined

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The feeder and nesting box will provide a convenient place for the squirrels to feed and provide room for the little one to grow. This structural design will also protect the squirrels from predators.

You can stock the squirrel natural products such as corns or other commercial supplies recommended for squirrels.

You will enjoy watching the squirrels play and scamper about the feeder and nester box.

Squirrel house features

Building a squirrel house has more than just the basic construction. Adding features that will make the house a good place for the squirrel is mandatory.

1. Squirrel door

The ideal measurement for the squirrel door is about 3 inches wide. Create plenty of space for the squirrel to move in and out.

Remember to keep the door inaccessible to potential predators like the raccoons or hawks that might scare away the squirrels.

2. Squirrel entryway

Right inside the squirrel door, you should install a shelf to prevent the predators from reaching through.

The shelf right under the entrance will block the raccoon arms and provide a safer nest for both the squirrel mother and the little ones.

3. Squirrel stairs

Squirrels are good at climbing.

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However, there is a need to build stairs along the smooth boards you use while constructing the squirrel house. The stairs will help squirrels to move up and down easily.

You can attach ladder pieces at the back to help squirrels access the shelf at the entrance.

4. Squirrel cleaning and drainage

Ensure the roof is slanted to divert the rain that might wet inside the squirrel house. Instead of a mesh bottom that will probably make the squirrel house cold, you can drill drainage holes.

The above features will constitute a perfect house for the squirrels.

You can consider designing each feature to maximize safety and provide a convenient living environment for the squirrels.

Materials for building squirrel house and descriptions

Once you are knowledgeable of the right squirrel house design and incorporate features, you need to gather your tools.

You need these materials:

Cut the wooden boards with right measurements and assemble every piece correctly.

Use a measuring tape, pencil, and paper to draw a skeleton of the entire structure. Accuracy is the key to constructing a perfect home for the squirrels.

Select the right type of wood that will not be affected by harsh weather or destroyed easily by predators.

You can use pine or other types that are not toxic. Use waterproof sealants to fill cracks to enhance a dry interior.

How to build squirrel house: Steps for constructing the squirrel house

Step #1: Gather your tools

Check to ensure you have all your tools so that you can focus on the construction project.

 You may not require anything too elaborate to build the squirrel house, but keep everything reachable to your hands.

Step #2: Gather the wooden boards

Choose the best wood type that will work fine with your project. Scrap lumber or pine will be perfect. Avoid the plywood because it is easy for the squirrels to damage while playing or moving up and down.

The boards will be used to build the floor, overhand and the roof. Gather additional wood in ca you make errors.

Step #3: Measure and cut the front and back panels

To ensure the roof overhangs slightly to the front, cut the front board an inch shorter than the backboard. This is the key to a good squirrel home.

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Use your tape to make accurate measurements. Use your pencil to draw lines and cutting points across the boards.

Take time sawing with accuracy and make an even fashion for the squirrel house. Do not make the boards too big, the squirrels like a compact space.

Step #4: Create the side walls

Make the side walls with a width similar to the front and back board panels.

The side walls may require an advanced cut, o pay attention to the measurements.

Draw lines to mark connections and use a ruler to make sure you get perfect cuts. You should be able to make panels that align the back and front board panels. 

Step #5: Create a doorway

The squirrel house should have a small door for the squirrels to use. The entrance should have a diameter close to three inches.

Only squirrels should be able to go through while blocking potential predators like hawks.

Step #6: Attach the walls

Once you are done with measuring and cutting the boards, start aligning them using your hands.

Make sure all ends connect perfectly. If the walls fit correctly, begin attaching them in an orderly manner using screws and wood glue.

Use the waterproof sealants to cover and seal cracks in any of corners. Take your time aligning the structure to ensure you do not damage it while correcting your errors.

Conclusion

I’m excited because my Squirrel house and boxes have been built and installed.

Even though I don’t have the right pictures or any pictures to show you, it’ll be up next week before the squirrel eviction takes effect.

However, if you really are serious with the process of installing it, my husband has decided to use galvanized steel plate screwed into the top and affix to the tree with lag screws.

One thing we’ll do is fill it with some dry leaves to help the squirrels begin a new life on their nest – I’m sure they can draw in some leads beneath all the snow.

I’m expecting to see how they move in!  Trust me, this squirrel house seems like a pretty good place to live, so many someone would love to spend a night there. Just kidding!

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