How to Install an Outhouse How to Install an Outhouse

What You'll Need
Shovel
Tape measure
Roofing paper
Asphalt shingles
Canvas or wood (depending on your cover choice)
Saw
Screen panels
Toilet seat
Toilet paper
Hand sanitizer
Toilet paper holder (if you desire)
Sanitizer dispenser (if you desire)

When it comes to a fun and interesting project, installing your own outhouse is a good one!

Following the steps below will help walk you through the process with ease.

Step 1 - Find a Location

You will want to pick a spot far from any water systems in order to prevent any contamination. You will also need an area where you are able to construct as you wish, and is free from a lot of traffic.

Step  2 - Dig a Hole

Grab your shovel, and start scooping. You will need to dig a hole about 3.5 feet by 3.5 feet, and about 5 feet deep.

Step 3 - Construct the Floor

You have an option of using concrete or wood for your floor. Either choice will require you to have a hole in the middle matching up with the hole you have just dug.

Step 4 - Make the Decision

There are a few different ways to go about coming up with a cover. The best is to add a platform by simply creating a box out of wood, and adding another hole on top of that. Place this "box" about 14 inches from the floor, matching up the holes once again. An added option is to install a toilet seat on top of this box. This creates a little more comfortable seating.

Step 5 - Box It In

The construction of the actual outhouse is in all simplicity a box. This box contains a roof, floor, door, and a "shelf" where your seating is placed. You will want to construct a box that is about 4 feet square, and 7 feet high with the highest point being where the door is.  The roof should be about 5 foot square.

Step 6 - Air It Out

Adding ventilation to your outhouse is very important. The decision on how you want to go about doing this is up to you. There are several ways you can add vents to your outhouse. You can cut design shaped "vents" into your outhouse, or you can add screen panels to the top of it to help with ventilation. Either way is a fine decision, it just depends on your own personal taste.

Step 7 - Cover the Top

Next you will want to cover the roof with asphalt shingles. This helps in preventing any rain from entering, protecting against water damage that may have occurred otherwise.

Step 8 - Add Those Final Touches 

Fortunately in this age, we have access to toilet paper and hand sanitizer. Adding these 2 simple necessities will make your guests love you even more. If you want to get fancy, you could even buy a toilet paper holder from your local hardware store and attach it along with a sanitizer dispenser to the inside of your walls.

There you have it! Whether it was installed as a necesssity, or as an added "cool" effect, pride yourself in a job well done. You love it, and your guests are sure to love it as well.

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