Building The Smallest Room At The Edge Of The Forest

Canadians are into outhouses. Again and again I came across the outdoor toilets on my journey through the country. Compost toilets are especially popular. At the Fletchers, my third wwoof station, I was allowed to help build one.

Guy Fletcher loves to work with his hands in the ground. “This is a way to connect with our planet.” Consciousness and ecology are important to the family (see also HERE). This also applies to the smallest room. A loo at the edge of the forest, a bit hidden but accessible, has been on Guy’s to-do list for some time now. For one thing, this would make the family even more independent. On the other hand, such an outhouse is also ecological.

Canadians, I have learned, are into compost toilets. Again and again I have encountered the usually wooden huts on my way through the country – in private gardens, but especially at the beginning of the many hiking trails, which usually start in the middle of nowhere.

Sawdust in a wooden box
Compost toilets work as follows: Instead on top of ceramic you sit on a wooden box with a toilet seat. The box is filled with sawdust. After you have done your needs, you simply cover the leftovers with a little more sawdust from an extra bucket. The advantage: It does not stink, everything degrades itself, and there is no need for a water connection for flushing.

At the Fletcher’s we built such an outhouse. We discussed together where it should stand, what it might look like and how big it should be, so that you can sit comfortably. I just let pictures speak here.
Unfortunately, it has not been finished during my stay. But Guy and the guys keep building to get it up and running soon.

Incidentally, compost toilets are in use every year at the Frankfurt summer shipyard. For washing hands, there is water in canisters, which can be transported into the sink with a foot pump
And also on my first wwoof farm there was an outhouse. That is even awarded. The “Our Canada” magazine named it one of the Top 10 biffies in Canada.

Guy has set up his outdoor workshop.
Guy has set up his outdoor workshop.

Guy is already rehearsing. The size fits. I'm allowed to help saw, hammer and drill.
Guy is already rehearsing. The size fits. I’m allowed to help saw, hammer and drill.
This outhouse is located in the garden of Bill and Dawn, my first wwoof hosts. The "Our Canada" magazine named it one of the Top 10 biffies in Canada.
This outhouse is located in the garden of Bill and Dawn, my first wwoof hosts. The “Our Canada” magazine named it one of the Top 10 biffies in Canada.

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