Another Outhouse Post!

Last weekend we were finally able to make it up to our future homestead and begin framing the outhouse! Yahoo!  My biggest fear has been that some creature would find his way through our barriers and fall to it’s demise into the pit!  Wouldn’t that be a nightmare!

Paw prints in the outhouse concreteI will be so glad ecstatic when we can get the pit covered!

There was concrete evidence 😀   that our neighbor’s dogs were snooping around after we poured the concrete.  We had to leave and go back to our home in the valley long before the concrete was dry.  I had worked so hard to get the surface of that concrete just right, so you can’t blame me for being just a little upset!  Oh well, nothing can be done about it now.  I suppose we can count our blessings if this is the worst thing that happens!  Besides, I hear you have to pay twice as much for that designer Mexican Saltillo tile with the kitty-cat footprints on it!

sill plates for outhouseThe first task at hand this weekend was to put on the sill plates.  We are using 2 x 6 lumber for this part of the framing simply because it is stronger and in the end won’t cost that much more than regular 2 x 4’s.  Also, the top layer of concrete blocks were 6 inches wide, so the 2 x 6 sill plates fit perfectly! We measured the proper length for each sill board and cut to fit, then drilled a hole so the J-bolts that had been embedded into the concrete in the block wall foundation could protrude through the sill board.  With a washer and nut over each J bolt, the sill plates were all fitted on.

Now we had to take them back off, Assembling the walls of the outhouse  one by one, to build each wall to the sill plate.  Once each wall was done, we erected the entire wall (yes, it was heavy), again placing the J-bolt through the drilled holes in the sill plate, tightened on a washer and bolt, and – et voila’ – one wall was done!  Then to the next.

Once we finally got all of the walls up, we plumbed two sides and a corner, then nailed them together;  then went to the opposite two sides, plumbed them and nailed them together also, and so on.  We knew that we wouldn’t get it exactly perfect, but fairly close was good enough.  Besides, we knew when we put on the top plate and lateral roof supports, that would help to plumb it up also! 3 walls up on the outhouse

So next we fastened the 2 x 6 top plate along the roof, and once that was on the walls were really sturdy.  For the final roof framing we placed  2 x 4’s on edge on the outside of the 2 x 6 top plate (screwed in from underneath and lapped on the corners for stability) then placed eight lateral support braces from front to back.  This should be heavy duty enough to withstand the occasional snowstorm we have on our property.  At this point, the framing was done!  Now it actually looked like a building!   Roof braces for the outhouse

The final task we finished on the outhouse this weekend was to wrap the building with asphalt impregnated paper.  This is a great underlayment for the siding we chose to use, which is cement impregnated Hardiboard, manufactured by James Hardie.  We put the same siding on the tool shed, except on the tool shed we used planks.  On the outhouse we are using 4 x 8 sheets. This material is fireproof, and along with the metal roof and the concrete blocks for the first 18″ of the wall, this building should be fairly fire resistant.  Outhouse wrapped with asphalt paper

Next week we hope to get the siding up and the metal roof on.  If we don’t run out of time, we would also like to get a door installed, so the entire building will be secure and I don’t have to worry about critters falling into the pit anymore!  (shudder)

If you missed the first three posts of building our outhouse, you can see them here – We’re Building An Outhouse, Our Outhouse Part 2,  Fixtures for the Outhouse, Outhouse Update.

Thank you for any advice or suggestions you have!


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25 thoughts on “Another Outhouse Post!

  1. That looks so professional! Are you going to insulate it?Oh! The dog footprints would have been enough to make me weep! But as you say, those sort of finishing touches can cost hundreds, can’t they! I’m glad there is a silver lining!

    • I’ll bet the value of our outhouse doubled since those dog prints showed up in the concrete 😉 I’m not sure if we will insulate or not – probably not. We are just planning and building as we go, so we will think about insulating once everything else is done, but I think that would seem a little over-board for an outhouse. Although, during a cold winter storm it might be nice………..

      • Many years ago when Dad built the cabin up the mountain of our farm (long since sold, but manay lovely memories) he didn’t bother much with insulation at all. He changed his mind though, because it got really cold there, I’m talking 5 – 10 degrees below zero (which is pretty cold for Australia!!) and so even in the loo it was a blessing since, as my husband says, there are some things you just can’t rush, lol!

      • I’m not sure insulating would help all that much if you aren’t going to heat it. I see tar paper put up. As long as the wind can’t get to you I’d guess it would be fine without insulation. Unless you plan on using a heater in the loo for those cold winter mornings.

        • Yeah, you are probably right. Besides, we won’t be up there that much this first winter anyway! And a heater – noooooo. Wouldn’t that make it smell more? Thanks for your comments, Doug.

  2. That will be sooo nice. The prints in the concrete – you can make up some good story like – it’s enchanted and if you sit there too long your feet will turn to paws – see what happened to the last guy who hogged the privy? Heehee I’m just a little ornery.

    • You know, I am actually thinking of staining the concrete floor to bring out the paw print feature even more! What do you think?

    • I guess I should have known the paw prints were inevitable as there was no real way for us to protect the surface. All we were worried about was covering over the pit so none of the dogs would fall in. Thanks for hosting every Tuesday!

    • Well, honestly, we don’t think we will need to. This is only a temporary solution. We hope to begin building our permanent home in the spring – with running water and flushing toilets – on the upper end of the five acres. But the outhouse will remain because it is located at the lower end of our property by the orchard and tool shed and can be used for emergencies. 😉

    • You are so right – decor! Hmmm…… I could actually go with a puppy theme! Anyone have a spare fire hydrant! hahaha! Thanks for the idea and also for the awesome party!

  3. AWE! You’re doing such a great job and they walked through it! It’s all coming together nicely! Quite impressive!
    I do appreciate you sharing with Home and Garden Thursday,

    • Thank you for your encouraging words! I think I will somehow work with the paw prints at this point – no choice, actually. Thanks, Kathy

  4. I think that the paw prints add a bit of whimsy to your outhouse. The framing is really coming along nicely. I always wanted the old outhouse from my husbands grandparents farm. I wanted it for a tool shed. Didn’t get it and the property was sold. Thanks for sharing it with SYC.

    • I don’t think this outhouse is going anywhere for a while! We are trying to build one as sturdy as possible to: 1. Keep out critters (shudder) 2. For our peace of mind that no one will fall in through the floor 3. to keep down the odors, and finally 4. so that visits during the winter won’t be so awful. Hopefully we will accomplish this soon! Thanks for your comments!