As mentioned in a previous article, my bathroom won’t be just a place to shower & shave – it’ll function as a walk-in closet as well. If you’re in the house with others, it’s also the only place where you can lock a door and reasonably expect some privacy, so I wanted to keep that in mind for future living arrangements where I may be sharing the house. Because of this, the bathroom will occupy nearly 1/3 of the lower level space – approximately 29 sq. ft. of the 103 sq. ft. available.
Since I plan to be off-grid or on the road often with my house, I knew a standard plumbed-in toilet wouldn’t be ideal. I’d have to accommodate a black water tank underneath the house and deal with finding a spot to empty it every couple weeks. The next best option seems to be an incinerating toilet, but they’re pricey and consume 450 Wh of electricity each use!
I certainly don’t want any power problems to prevent pooing, so I’m sticking with a simple composting toilet for the initial build. What’s a composting toilet, you ask? It’s essentially a bucket enclosed in a comfy wooden toilet-like enclosure. You sprinkle in peat moss or sawdust after each use to absorb the smell and moisture, and after it’s full, you can safely dump the waste into a compost pile. It seems a bit unsanitary at first, but it’s much more eco-friendly – toilets consume the most water in a typical home. Plus, in more permanent living situations, the abundance of fresh compost will come in handy for my garden.
Everything I know about composting toilets is from the Humanure Handbook. Definitely worth a read if you’re interested in off-grid or eco-friendly toilets.
Whatever the issue in life, long, hot showers always seem to clear the mind to uncover a solution. I had originally planned to install a lavish freestanding tub, but I’ve since given up on that plan. A 16’ trailer is just too small for that kind of luxury and I can wash clothes in a shower just as easily. I didn’t want to skimp too much on bathing facilities though, so I managed to come up with something that’s small yet comfy:
At just 33”x33”, Dreamline makes a beautiful, tiny shower kit that fits my bathroom perfectly. The height of the enclosure is just right to create a floor-to-ceiling seal with my 6’ 6” bathroom ceiling, so instead of a freestanding tub I now have myself a tiny steam room. Success. With a low-profile rain showerhead to complete the package I’ll be basking in dihydrogen monoxide bliss wherever I go.
There are plenty of tiny sinks on the market. Width and height aren’t really an issue in my case, but I’ll need plenty of room to move around, change clothes, etc so I’m keen on finding something low-profile and wall mounted. This ALFI AB108 is the sexiest one I’ve found but it’s pricey especially once you include the optional towel bar. I’ll have enough road issues to deal with – better not add highway robbery to the list. The sink search is still on.
One thing’s for sure: I need to get rid of some clothes before I move into my tiny house. The hanger rack is only 16” long – enough room for about 15 clothes hangers. After accounting for a jacket, hoodie, and winter coat, that’s only enough room for about a week’s worth of pants and collared shirts. Bathroom shelves provide a little more storage though, allowing me to avoid doing laundry for up to two weeks.
I never considered myself to be a packrat, but now that I’m considering actually moving into a tiny house, declaring a spot for every little thing I own, it really dawns on me how little consideration I give to acquiring new material comforts.Read all posts like this:
- I'm Building a Tiny Hacker House
- Tiny Hacker House Design Part I: Overview
- Tiny Hacker House Design Part II: Power
- Tiny Hacker House Design Part III: Bathroom
- Tiny Hacker House Design Part IV: Loft
- Tiny Hacker House Design Part V: Supply Plumbing / Heating
- Tiny Hacker House Design Part VI: Wiring
- Tiny Hacker House Build Part I: Steel Framing
- Tiny Hacker House Build Part II: Plumbing & Electricity
- Tiny Hacker House Build Part III: Sheathing and Insulation