Building a rustic outhouse took some planning; where to build it?
It should be private, and out of the way. There should be an easy route to get to it from various buildings on the site, and it's got to have some way of keeping the toilet paper out of the reach of squirrels.
The Biffy is nestled in a little patch of woodland, with privacy from cedar trees of various ages, as well as many other native species.
Thank goodness we had it; things could have got pretty ugly without having access to simple bathroom facilities while building our little cottage.
The toilet paper is protected in a recycled flour canister - otherwise the squirrels think it's great to line their nest with. Make sure you replace the lid after every use!
A bucket of leaves, sawdust or peat moss to sprinkle every time you use it keeps the smell at a manageable level, and the addition of some Dolomite lime every now and then helps too.
Open air, with twigs for a screen, this is simplicity at it's finest.
Enjoying the hush of the woods, and seeing and hearing the tiny birds keeping you company high in the tree tops, this is a quiet spot for a bit of meditation; don't take too long though, especially in the summer as the mosquitoes are quite happy to see you on your way...
In the fall, we often get some quite serious windstorms - unfortunately the birches surrounding The Biffy are weak and short lived. One fell on the roof, bending it almost in half, putting an end to the experience of nature.
In time the birch tree was removed, and it's possible that The Biffy will get a new piece of metal on the roof. Add that project to the list to be dealt with in time.