Toilet ….the essentials!

We all use them… The toilet, lavatory, bathroom, restroom, dunny, loo…. same s%#t, different names right!

We want to build a compost toilet and plan to in the future, but unfortunately Bodhi had an experience on a compost toilet that, for the time being at least, means he simply refuses to use one. The one he used had worms in to help the composting process and it wasn’t deep enough….they were climbing out of the toilet! We have tried encouraging him on others and he will simply refuse, so hopefully when we build the next ones, he will be a little older and understand that not all composting toilets have worms crawling out!!!

So, we decided we would build a common toilet construction here in Nicaragua, the dry long drop toilet. It’s always an external building, away from the house and is ecologically friendly, ensuring that only natural (human waste) is put down the toilet!

After deciding on the area we were to build the toilet, the first job was started….more digging! The hole needed to be around 3-4 meters deep and 2m by 2m wide (for two cubicles), a very labour intensive job smashing and removing rocks! We had a fatality during this job……..a rat, it fell to it’s death overnight!

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Now the hole was ready it required a concrete surround, to take the weight of the concrete slab cover, unfortunately not sustainable but at the present time necessary. The posts for the structure, all salvaged from the property, where also put in place.

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Once the slab was in place, the toilet bases were created using rebars with concrete to create the shape.

The boys trying out the toilets for size!


Dan has used the toilet (yes I know what you all were thinking, don’t think I need to explain how it’s used!) to practise the reciprocal roof technique, which we want to implement on the main house. Using bamboo for this process makes it sustainable and attractive.

For his first attempt at building this roof, I think he done a great job! What do you think?

Reciprocal roof

We need to now complete the walls, using the wattle and daub technique and complete the roof with the traditional hand palms.

To be continued…………








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