While thinking about the outhouse we are building (read about Part 1 and Part 2 if you missed it) and how everything will work, I happened to get an E-Mail from Home Depot about them having over 3,000 items on clearance. I decided to browse through and found something that caught my eye – a toilet seat that is really tall (see HERE). It’s purpose is to make it easier for the elderly or disabled to get on and off the toilet seat, but I saw it as a great “no spider near the tushy” solution! If we secure this over the hole in the bench seat, then at least there is a clear 6 inches where you can see if there is a spider lurking! Here is what it looked like out of the box. What do you think?
Then I started thinking about sanitation. At first I thought I would just have hand wipes or sanitary lotion on hand, then I realized that the 300 foot water hose will stretch from our well to the outhouse, which will make it convenient to spray off the floor when it gets dirty. But, it will also fill a 50 or 100 gallon barrel water storage tank elevated on a platform that we can pipe to a sink inside the outhouse. Running water! That’s when I remembered I have a sink from my grandma’s old house! It’s a wall mount (perfect) and is really old, but it’s free and would work perfectly! I’m sure it will clean up just fine. We may have to find a new faucet, but that’s okay.
Finally, my dear sister, Deana, is remodeling a smaller house to move into instead of rambling around by herself in her current, huge 3,500+ square foot house. The smaller house she is remodeling is the one her husband, Danny, grew up in (and where she first met her mother-in-law more than 43 years ago) which is really special. Danny passed away one year ago today and we will miss him forever. While I was at the house one day this past spring helping Deana tear down a few walls in the remodeling process of the bathroom, the medicine cabinet (see below) was removed from the wall and was to be placed in the dumpster, when I rescued it. I wasn’t sure where I would use it at that time, but now I am so glad I was able to save it. It will look great over the old sink in the outhouse!
The plan is to drain the water from the sink into a French drain on either side of the outhouse, where I will plant flowers. One variety of flower I must plant is the hollyhock, in Danny’s memory. He told me long ago that people always planted hollyhocks around outhouses so the actual structure would be hidden behind the beauty of the tall flowers! Good idea! Along with some native ferns and maybe some bleeding heart and some – wait, I’m getting ahead of myself – the outhouse isn’t even built yet! Hahaha!
Come to think of it, there will be so much about Danny in our outhouse, perhaps we should call it something like “Danny’s Den”! 😉 Knowing Danny, I think he would approve and is smiling in heaven right now.
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