We had several Nature Loo composting toilets around the property, which we either purchased second hand or were given. One toilet is at the teaching space and the other at the student “chill” space. We had to walk to either location from the house to go to the toilet. Last month Tom and one of the interns built us our outhouse, overlooking the Permaculture kitchen garden!
Tom concreted 4 steel posts into the ground (we have termites in this area, so everything must be built with that in mind…), and proceeded to build the frame on top with second hand timber, salvaged from various demolished places. The roof is some second hand iron he still had on hand as part of his resource gathering. He also still had a suitable window, so he built the frame with that window in mind.
Our intern, Winston, spend quite some time on sanding the second hand timber weatherboards, which were then nailed to the frame. Inside, timber boards were used to build the bench seat. We actually bought a Nature Loo compost bin and chute for the toilet this time, which Tom installed under the bench seat. Two old second hand doors were used for the outhouse, with a simple latch system on both sides of the door, plus one to keep one of the doors shut and attached to the floor.
Floors and seat were sanded down and a hole was cut into the seat. Some steps had to be made to get to the door, so the ground was leveled and the steps were built.
The bench seat will now be sealed with a natural bathroom sealant, to prevent moisture damaging the seat timber or mould to set in. We will also paint the weatherboards to protect them from the elements. The outhouse has been tried out by our family, to great satisfaction!
©2013 Permaculture Research Institute Sunshine Coast – Compost toilet outhouse with view over the permaculture garden.