Marc and Kristin, our near neighbours towards Pradell De La Teixeta asked if Barry could build a toilet and washroom on their land. They were having a Wedding Celebration in June and had many visitors coming to stay and wanted to improve their service. With one week notice it was just about possible given he had already built something similar at the Yurt. The result was achieved and was appreciated by their visitors.
With a location chosen under some trees, the base was made of concrete blocks placed on levelled soil. Then wooden beams were added before the upright posts inserted at the corners of the toilet are and the shower. The floor was finished with first chip board and then tongue and groove planks, which gave a solid finish.
The roof came from spare pieces from their house upgrade and was a new material for me but after some trial and error we got it on ok.
The sides were made of the same tongue and groove planks as the floor with a decent quality that makes them easy to to install and keeps the building water tight once a woodstain is added.
The inside fittings we designed around prior work plus a quick look on line. The toilet separator and height of bucket and 10L container gave the basis of the design and while the Yurt build had a ready made toilet that we had once used in our house this new design came together pleasingly well. The sink was supported with 2 shelf brackets and plumbed to a hose that connects to a simple garden barrel pump along with the shower.
A small glassless window was added that will have a mosi net added by Marc later and a door based on the same design as the yurt. This copying of designs saved a lot of time and gives confidence when working at the speed needed to meet the deadline. There was a few finishing details left and we didn´t get chance to test the water flow but the guests were able to used and enjoy the facility that took 5 reasonably full days to build plus 1 day of design and purchasing of materials.
Frances and Barry Copping bought Xalet Pigall in 2015. They are working towards resilience and self-sufficiency.