Tiny House: Bathroom

Tiny House: Bathroom

September 26, 2017 Categories Tiny House

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My bathroom is extraordinarily simple. It has a small shower, a window, and a compost toilet. As you can tell by the pictures, it has been a work-in-progress for a very long time.

My shower is only 32x32in. It was one of the first things I installed in the house way back in May. I thought about building my own shower, as I’ve never done that before, but decided to go with a fiberglass “onesie” to help avoid any leaks. It also made the install very easy, as basically all I had to do was drill a hole in the floor for the drain and call it a day. This was the first time I got to use my hole saw kit and I absolutely love it. I especially love the quick change shank to switch between different size hole saws. They make a fancier version that I wish I had, but didn’t want to spend the money on it at the time.

Once the shower stall was in place, I could build the walls around it. Due to the size of the bathroom, it would have been impossible to get the shower in after the walls were there, so that’s why it went first. I lined the inside of the bathroom with cedar to help protect it from any moisture damage, as well as to act as a built-in air freshener.

Lastly, I painted the walls white to match everything else and built the toilet box. And yes, even though the walls are painted, you can still smell the cedar. Since my shower is so small, I didn’t want a normal, angled shower head that would likely end up causing a lot of water to splash up hitting the walls (mind you, I’m 6’2″ so my head is above the top of the shower stall). Instead, I installed a┬árainwater shower head that points directly down and I’m hoping helps minimize water from going anywhere it shouldn’t be. I’m sure there will still be some splash, but I’m hoping it’s less. I love the look of the shower head, but I don’t actually recommend buying the same one I did (it’s made by KES). It doesn’t seem to be made using a standard thread size. The threads were so wrong on the shower arm that came with the kit that I couldn’t even use it and ended up buying a different (more expensive) one from Moen.

Behind the toilet, I installed a large bookshelf. By pure happenstance, it fit perfectly. Not only will it provide plenty of storage for things, but it didn’t cost me anything extra because I already owned it.

If you’re not familiar with composting toilets, do a little research and you’ll likely find out that they aren’t as scary or stinky as you might think. Many people in tiny houses spend a whole heck of a lot of money and buy a Nature’s Head composting toilet, but I went the cheaper route and did a simple bucket in a box. Whether you do the expensive route or the cheap one, it all works the same basic way: you do your business and cover it with organic matter. Most of the sites I’ve read recommend Coco Coir. Some people even put worms in their toilet to help breakdown the matter.

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