We have lots of visitors over the holidays and although we love our three big dogs, sometimes they need to stay in their own space. Friends might not mind sleeping on the couch but might draw the line at a sloppy wet kiss wake up call from an adorable mastiff mix. We have a nice big “Florida” room with tile floors and access to the yard. We call this the dog room. It houses their food, water and accessories. This room unfortunately has no doors and flows right into the dining room through an eight foot opening. The goal is to be able to close off the dog room with a gate that is tall enough to keep the shepherd from leaping over it but allow them some view, and not be an eyesore. I saw some excellent projects online but they were all for smaller pets and smaller openings. There was one project from this Old House that was most similar to what I thought might work. They built theirs from oak and it was about half the size both in width and in height of what I needed.