I built this 8 by 8 modern outhouse for my property. I dismantled a 1993 25 foot camper and used the toilet, vanity ,sink. shower, and windows from the camper.

Step 1: Building the floor

I studded in a 8 by 8 floor  with pressure treated 2 by 8s and in between the studs i mounted the black water tank from the camper .
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taney.duwe10 months ago

Amazing creations you have! Great job!!!! Thank you for sharing you knowledge and ideas!

coolbeansbaby68 (author)  taney.duwe10 months ago

thank you for the compliment .

It is much deserved!!!!! Your frugal abilities & creativity are an asset to anyone wanting to learn how to live minimally. It's a great resource to have and am very thankful you are willing to share!

coolbeansbaby68 (author)  taney.duwe10 months ago

have you seen the modern outhouse also>>> pretty cool.

Oh, yes, Sir, I have! Very much intrigued! I have ideas of my own actually. Just don't want to bore you with them HA HA...however, your postings have given me great ideas. Thank you so much!!!! <3

Great going! Great pics, recycling, clear concise instructions. Sometimes I think that so called critics have nary an instructible to their credit. They always have some noble cause. Safety, better ways, etc. If these forlks spent more time making their own ibles, on safety, or whatever their noble cause is, Then I could respect that.

diy_bloke1 year ago
That is one heck of an outhouse. No one minds a little luxury :-)
coolbeansbaby68 (author)  diy_bloke1 year ago
Thank you
zowi4202 years ago
this is awesome, love all the recycling, i know how hard it is to take one of those trailers apart. i lived without running water in a tiny cabin for a while, and you've got me wondering why i didn't turn the little shed into a luxurious little moon-house. A+!
coolbeansbaby68 (author)  zowi4202 years ago
Why thank you very much
Joe Smania2 years ago
Keep doing instructables brother, never mind all the critics. They ought to be flaged for negativity in my opinion ..... So anyways, Thanks for sharing what you do with people, it makes the world a better place when we share our ideas or skills.
coolbeansbaby68 (author)  Joe Smania2 years ago
Thanks again for the support my brother
static2 years ago
Nice final results. Anyone looking to duplicate the cabin, should think about finding a decent for the price donor RV. Expand the foot print to include a toilet room. and galley kitchen. No cold walk between a warm cabin. and a warm outhouse.
coolbeansbaby68 (author)  static2 years ago
Thanks and yeah i know that feeling all to well!!! lol
coolbeansbaby68 (author)  static2 years ago
Thanks and yeah i know that feeling all to well!!! lol
doon014 years ago
Good job Coolbean - really. But ya know u could have built 4 normal sized OH's w/the materials - yes, you would have need of 3 more doors. But i'm sure yours will accomodate more women leading the rest to wondering what they are doing in there. For conversation sake i added a non working phone in mine so others didn't think that they were going primitive. BTW, neat kitchen too
static doon012 years ago
Then again not very many outhouses include a shower, sink
coolbeansbaby68 (author)  doon014 years ago
Thanks for the compliment. I was thinking about adding a car stereo in the wall so when your doing your business you could rock out !! hahaha
coolbeansbaby68 (author)  doon014 years ago
Thank you for the comments
coolbeansbaby68 (author)  camping crazy2 years ago
It sure is. Its about 25 feet away... So how do you like it ??
I love it thanks for posting
coolbeansbaby68 (author)  camping crazy2 years ago
Thank you .. Did you see the deck kitchen?
coolbeansbaby68 (author) 3 years ago
Thank you for all the views and comments everyone .Im getting ready to open up the outhouse for the summer . Im going to post some more pictures very soon .
stormy03143 years ago
Don't you love it when people say, "this is great but". Well it is, but... I lived in Japan for a few years and they had a really good idea and one I would incorporate if that were my outhouse. They had separate urinals for men. Takes much less water to flush, can be cleaned more often to get the splashes, allows, a male at least, to eliminate while the "other room" is being used. It also allows a different way for liquid waste to be recycled without the worry about the various bacterial problems associated with human solid waste. Most urine is almost sterile. With proper treatment it could be used as a good fertilizer. Check out the following



Scientific American states, "Recycling urine as fertilizer could not only make agriculture and wastewater treatment more sustainable in industrialized countries, the researchers say, but also bolster food production and improve sanitation in developing countries."

Plus, I think it would be really cool to have a separate, "men's room". This was a really good "ible.
wagonmaster4 years ago
Sorry I didnt look at the video until later. Say that the holding tank is down the hill a bit. But on a hot summer day and you being up hill I would put a vent on the back side just to make sure no methan seeps into the structure. You have given be some great ideas.

There are a lot of cheap RV's around and they make a great donor for a project like yours.
coolbeansbaby68 (author)  wagonmaster4 years ago
The vent tube goes up the wall and out through the roof. I can say this though,after tearing a camper apart i sure wouldn't buy a new one for thousands of dollars . They are built so crappy ...
GrapeApe2264 years ago
This is great! I am building a shed for a combo pool cabana~dressing room and also be for guests camping in my back yard overnight. I'm going to make it look like an old train station with beds in a tower loft, A/C, fans & small fridge via a RV gauge extension cord when needed and a pot belly stove. The freight room will be the gardening shed. The loading dock will be a shaded banana lounge area. Now I see I'm going to need a "Yard/Mail" house a few feet away. It can look rustic rail road area and house your wonderful idea of an outhouse. I too have an RV I'm about to dismantle and keep the 3 axle Dodge Van chassis (3rd tag axle) for a custom pickup or van in the near future. I can use the entire bathroom set up. I live in So-Cal earthquake country. This would be a great emergency use bathroom if water supplies are cut a few days or weeks. I have a 35,000 gal pool for water and I can dig a septic tank if I have to, if the local waist pickup companies are over burdened. I'm so impressed with your design :)
coolbeansbaby68 (author)  GrapeApe2264 years ago
thank you very much for the compliment
coolbeansbaby68 (author)  GrapeApe2264 years ago
Thank you very much for your compliment. I have the trailer and duel axles ready for a home built utility trailer when i find the time to start it . I was so amazed of how cheap a camper really is. My god the whole body of the trailer is made out of 2x2s and big 1inch staples. Never would i spend that kind of money for something made so cheap.Im pretty proud of the outhouse. Im in the process of making the cart to empty the black water tank so i can get rid of the waste at the waste station down the road from me at the camp site. Thank you for commenting.. Hope to see your instructable when your finished .
wagonmaster4 years ago
I didn't read all the comments. But what about venting? I have been reading a lot about outhouses. But not for building one. I'm a gardner and I researched using urine for growing vegetables and ran accross several articles about out houses.

In other countries and outback areas where outhouse are used they seperate the urine from the feces. Then use wood ash on the feces, no smell and no flies. Plus
how they vent is critical.

Very nice structure and recycling was major cool.
coolbeansbaby68 (author)  wagonmaster4 years ago
The ceiling fan is vented out the back above the roof line and so is the vent tube from the waste tank.
coolbeansbaby68 (author) 4 years ago
I am almost done with the wagon with the waste container that i tow with the atv to the septic waste site at the camp ground.
jgain4 years ago
I don't have any use for this instructable, but I did want to stop and commend you on a job well done. Nice reuse of materials.
coolbeansbaby68 (author)  jgain4 years ago
Thanks for the compliment Jgain
Why did you build it?
How do you clean out the tank?

Why did you not just build it on the trailer frame and keep the original enclosure so that you could save materials and transport it easily to a clean-out station?

And it could be placed where you need it?

I am considering something like this because the state environment people won't let me use my shed for living without a septic system; this might be a solution.
coolbeansbaby68 (author)  dieterschmied4 years ago
The setup underneath the outhouse is just like a camper trailer. I use the old fresh water tank from the trailer and made a little trailer with wheels i tow behind my 4 wheeler . There is a camp ground down the road from me who lets me get rid of the waste there .
junebug.tx4 years ago
Is it connected to sewer or septic? If not, what was your solution for waste?
coolbeansbaby68 (author)  junebug.tx4 years ago
The setup underneath the outhouse is just like a camper trailer. I use the old fresh water tank from the trailer and made a little trailer with wheels i tow behind my 4 wheeler . There is a camp ground down the road from me who lets me get rid of the waste there .
blemke4 years ago
This is awesome. We need a out house badly,6 poeple on 7 acres and only 2 bathrooms,we need to build a two man yurt any ideas of how to do this as cheap as possible??
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