We just had to come up with something different for our outhouse workings because you can NOT use something like what we had planned when the hole you’ve dug for your outhouse will not drain~~AT ALL! Kentucky clay at it’s finest! Huge kind of ‘outhouse’ problem, right? (Side note on the lack of drainage: Anyone that comes to work on our property informs us of just how bad the land, or soil, is. Nice, huh? I plan to remedy that with permaculture, but in the meantime, I have a log house to build, and an outhouse even before that, that I am currently having difficulties with.)
I had heard of something called a ‘composting’ toilet, and the internet has so many great ways to find out information about things you never knew you never knew. I wanted to see if that might be an option. My daughter had known of one on the farm she worked on several years ago, and said there was never any odor. So I decided to check it out.
What I found is that it isn’t a “composting” toilet because the refuse does not compost there in the toilet (a.k.a. a bucket). A truer name for what I was looking at is a ‘dry toilet’.
The concept goes like this: You use a bucket for your refuse, and then when you are finished with each trip to the ‘dry toilet’, you pour damp sawdust on top of the excreta (nice, huh?) and then you are done. Except at some point the bucket needs to be dumped, but then it can be put to work composting and make fertile soil for down the road. It is not a quick process. It takes roughly a year before you could even use it on a garden, and that year doesn’t start until you have quite the “load” (I really did not want to say that.) So, in reality, it can be a good thing.
So, I know the owner of a local company that makes stairways. They have a continual supply of sawdust. I contacted him to see if we could get sawdust from him, and he was fine with it. It is good to have connections, right? for sawdust~~hehehe!
And now that we have the outhouse finished, I am going to post the rest of the pictures so that you can see the work we did to get it completed, and how we determined a name for it.
Oh, and a bucket such as this will fit nicely in the spot we will need it to go.
. . . with a few pictures added in for kicks that have nothing to do with an outhouse. . .
Two brothers hangin’ while mom and dad work~~gotta say I think this is the cutest! Love that they are best friends!
Now we had to fill the hole back in that took us forever to dig out. Next, we needed to support the spot that was the opening for our hole from the outhouse, and then cover it to make it level with the rest of the floor.
Watch as we make the changes to our outhouse plans.
Here is the filled-back-in hole below the floor opening, and now the floor of our outhouse needs to be reconstructed.
Had to add supports under the sub-flooring that we needed to add on. (Kind of hard to see, but he is adding some 2×4’s in that area.)
And here is the cover after we put some support boards under there.
Now, we are trying to get the base level.
Digging, digging, just a little bit here, and a little bit there.
Does jumping on this and wiggling it help get it level? I’m trying.
It has to be level, right?
Screwing on the subfloor to our little ol’ outhouse.
Up goes the back wall frame, with G’pa to the assist.
Next we are putting up the right side wall frame.
Grandpa was just a huge help as we put this thing together.
Getting the frame of the third wall up. Woohoo!
Next, the frame for the front wall section with an opening for the door. Good practice for squaring so a door will fit.
Starting on the roof supports.
Loving getting moving on this.
Oh, and we had a monkey up in our little tree.
And a shot of the bracing (the diagonal board on the frame) we put in for squaring up the frame of our outhouse.
And bracing on the other side.
Here is the little one working on clearing brush from the trees surrounding the outhouse.
Love that smile for sure! He is working getting brush from under the bushes.
One of the pieces of roofing that was salvaged, and we were planning it for the roof of our little outhouse. Not perfectly blemish-free, but doable.
My ‘mighty men’ bringing the door that we got over for the outhouse.
I would love to say we were rockin’ this as fast as I am getting these pictures put on the blog, however, you will notice the change in seasons and the change of clothes we are wearing. We are slow, and this proves it!
Continuing in our build. . .
Our neighbors were throwing away some tile they had pulled up in their house. It was the perfect amount to salvage for our outhouse floor. Lovin’ FREE!
Love his kind of ‘CRAZY’!
Working on the measurement for the roof.
The roof plywood (I don’t know what to call it~) is up, and now it is time to secure it to the frame.
Screwing it down!
Then we put the rubber covering over the plywood, and I ultimately glued that down.
We brought the door back home to scrape it off~~sometimes we do double the work, but they worked hard on it.
Was the lead in that old paint getting to them, or are they ‘crazy’ like their dad??
Pause here for a ‘big’ holiday for us~~Easter~~and some pictures from that day. I know I am really delayed in getting these pictures posted. Really, we have been busy, but I hope you enjoy the progress we’ve made, even if you are seeing it delayed~~
Our little guys after church. We can clean up sometimes. (wink, wink)
Even we don’t look to shabby all dressed up!
Yes, we do live in Kentucky. I like my bare feet, and I guess our girls do too!
Dad clownin’ with our beauties!
So, back to the outhouse pictures~~~
The door is back, and needs a bit more touch up~~
Starting to get the walls up.
Another shot with the front walls on the frame.
All of the walls are on the frame. Making progress here~~we are just S-L-O-W! (**Notice the white dot on the back wall of the outhouse.)
Working together to make a few extra braces for strength.
Notice the braces in the back frame now? Not equally put in, but strong and for goodness sake, it’s an outhouse, right?
The all important toilet seat!
And a close-up of the ‘salvaged’ flooring! It fit like a glove~~
We purposefully used the plywood that was saved from when we built up our house foundation forms. But. . . all of the drywall pieces had holes in them for the purpose of the support braces when our foundation was being framed up and poured. (You can go back in the blog, and check that out in a previous post when we were building the foundation, OR just take my word for it.)
Now, what to do about the holes in our walls? (to be continued. . .)
Just “Thank you LORD!” for the progress we are making along the way.