Our two bathrooms were originally both prolific in their water use, not areas you wanted spend time in, a poor shower experience, dangerous gas water heating and an unknown drainage end point. So these were targets for initial clearance, re-design, re-fitting and new water solutions. We are very happy with both end results that are water efficient, comfortable, pleasurable, create compost and help water the garden.
The upstairs bathroom was done first and all bar the original sink have been removed and a new safe gas hot water system installed. The flush toilet now replaced with a composting toilet, the shower replaced with an elegant upgrade but with increased water efficiency, all accessories upgraded (mirror, towel rail, hooks etc.) and finished with a warm but light wall finish.
The downstairs bathroom is smaller and was originally dominated by a bath and the cold blue walls. Out came the cupboards, bath, the toilet and in went a compost toilet, shower, new cupboards and mirror and finished off again with a warm but light painting, We also added a cat flap to the window to allow that cats access to the house without going past Rex by the main door and when the window is open in the summer the cats do not believe the mosquito netting attached to the window is something that should be there!
December 2020 and August 2021 update
Our downstairs bathroom got its final upgrade in August 2021 with a new laminate floor, wood cladding to box in pipes and a new compost toilet. The wood cladding provided some insulation and shelving while the main attempt here was to improve the look of the bathroom for our benefit and to show any visitors that you can have attractive functional rooms in an off grid house.
The final touches applied included small circular vent covers to allow airing of the walls, painting the end wall, sanding down the cupboards and giving access and electricity to the compost toilet extraction.
Frances and Barry Copping bought Xalet Pigall in 2015. They are working towards resilience and self-sufficiency.