Not my picture but this is one of the outhouses on the Appalachian Trail.
Not my picture.
Unfortunately the poor outhouse didn’t become a priority again (there were so many other projects going on in those first few months) until the grandkids were coming up for a visit. I didn’t want them to be afraid to use the washroom so we spent some time making it nicer. I had stripped the paint off of the old door and restained it. Michael added a pipe with a built in fan that exhausts the air from the poop bin out and over the top of the outhouse. Adding the fan required setting up a small solar panel, regulator and battery for power. It’s funny that the outhouse has power capacity before the cabin does but that’s a whole other story. He lined the inside walls with plywood and swapped out the old, leaky roof with a clear roof that makes the outhouse bright all day long. We added a simple solar light for at night. We used the leftover flooring from the cabin to put a new floor in the outhouse too. Most importantly he set up the second toilet. It’s set up similar to the toilet I saw years ago on the trail for urine with a funnel and a hose. Michael dug a trench for the hose and filled it the area with gravel. The outhouse looks nice and still smells like fresh cut wood!
This is what the inside looks like now maybe one day it will be lines with cedar.
Don’t forget to wash your hands!