Just want to share some home improvements!

  1. Been out for a while. Been busy fixing up the house. Thought I'd share the fruits of my labor.

    Here's a picture of our new bathroom. We wanted that Post-Modern-City look:




    Here's a peek at the inside!



    Notice that it's a "Two Seater"! One for each cheek!

    We spared no expense.



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    My grandfather had one of these on his property. Interestingly, his house was a rather modern ranch house complete with plumbing, electricity, running water and bathrooms. For whatever reason he still kept that old outhouse on his property. I used it when I was a child.

    I googled "Outhouse" and found this link: OutHouse - Click Here!

    Anyone else have their "Outhouse Stories" to share??

    Cheers!

    Ted
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  2. 17 Comments

  3. by   pickledpepperRN
    To think all we did was get new copper pipes.

    During the depression my Moms family traveled from place to place as my grandfather found work. They lived in a tent often a tourist camps.
    My aunt had a cat that was kept in a peach box in the Ford Touring Car on the road. She had kittens.
    Once my aunt, a cute little girl, took a kitten into the 'six seater' and dropped the tiny pet into the hole. My grandma got the scratching filthy kitten out of there and washed it and her hands at a pump with Lava soap.

    75 years later my aunt and uncle were still telling that story.
  4. by   Rizpah
    My mom and dad bought an old 2 room school house in 1975 and renovated it into a home. We would come up on weekends to work on it - it had one sink that had cold running water. The old bathroom was there, but there were no fixtures to use. So....daddy build an outhouse - the old cement holding tank was still there so he build right over it, we used it for a couple of years when coming up on weekends. Sure was cold in the winters!
  5. by   CHATSDALE
    i wish i didn't know exactly what you alll are talking about
  6. by   Ted
    Quote from Rizpah
    My mom and dad bought an old 2 room school house in 1975 and renovated it into a home. We would come up on weekends to work on it - it had one sink that had cold running water. The old bathroom was there, but there were no fixtures to use. So....daddy build an outhouse - the old cement holding tank was still there so he build right over it, we used it for a couple of years when coming up on weekends. Sure was cold in the winters!
    That's interesting! Rebuilding that old 2 room school house must have been a challange. Any pictures?? It would be cool to see the "before" and "after" photos.

    Regarding those cold winter moments in the outhouse. . . there's nothing worse than a cold fanny! LOL! :chuckle

    Cheers!

    Ted
  7. by   Ted
    Quote from spacenurse
    To think all we did was get new copper pipes.

    During the depression my Moms family traveled from place to place as my grandfather found work. They lived in a tent often a tourist camps.
    My aunt had a cat that was kept in a peach box in the Ford Touring Car on the road. She had kittens.
    Once my aunt, a cute little girl, took a kitten into the 'six seater' and dropped the tiny pet into the hole. My grandma got the scratching filthy kitten out of there and washed it and her hands at a pump with Lava soap.

    75 years later my aunt and uncle were still telling that story.
    A six seater?? A SIX SEATER??!!??

    So many questions come to mind, Spacenurse! LOL! :chuckle

    Oh that poor putty-cat! Oh your poor grandmother!! YIKES!

    Spacenurse. . . glad to read that your aunt and uncle's niece has taken over the telling of this story! :chuckle

    Cheers!

    Ted
  8. by   TazziRN
    My ex and I used to travel in CA a lot, and we made several trips up to Bodie, a ghost town up by Mono Lake. We always took the dog on trips with us, and Tasha went running after a rabbit in Bodie once. Chased it right into an outhouse and fell in one of the holes.

    Bunny - 1
    Poochie - 0
  9. by   dianah
    I once gave my boss a 12-month calendar with huge pictures of different outhouses: one for each month! Some were lovely, really (NOT!)! I'll bet you could still find one online . . somewhere . . .

    I hear tell of using corncobs as toilet paper, and of reading the Sears catalog while . . errrrrrrrrrrmmmmmmmmmmm, well, while sitting . . . I have no personal experience (except for the pit toilets at campgrounds. Ew. )
  10. by   canoehead
    Two-holers have class. My grandfather built one with a little bitty seat for the kids and a big hole for the grown-ups. Man, was I excited when I grew up enough to use the big seat all by myself without falling in!
  11. by   Ted
    The outhouse on my grandfather's property was a "one-holer".

    I am now reading stories about "two-holers". Heck, Spacenurse's aunt and uncle had a "six-holer". Here's my question. Why would any outhouse need more than one hole? Why two or even SIX???

    I never thought that outhouses were places to congregate. Were they? Were multi-holed outhouses places for friends and family to gather and sit, execute bodily functions and share community gossip?? Someone help me out here??

    What happens if one wasn't invited to a "community sit"?? Was it an insult??

    Enquiring minds want to know. . .



    Quote from canoehead
    My grandfather built one with a little bitty seat for the kids and a big hole for the grown-ups. Man, was I excited when I grew up enough to use the big seat all by myself without falling in!
    That was very thoughtful of your grandfather. I would not want to see your grandfather's grand-daughter share the same fate as Spacenurse's Aunt's kitten.

    I wish my grandfather was that thoughtful. I remember getting a splinter one day.

    Cheers!
    Last edit by Ted on May 19, '07
  12. by   leslie :-D
    when my sister was in the peace corps, she got bitten on her butt by a nest of black spiders that were residing inside the hole.
    it was very traumatic for her.....i guess she went back to 'going' in the woods.

    leslie
  13. by   jnette
    Dang... you have been gone for a GOOD WHILE, efiebke... that must have been some outhouse you built to keep you gone THAT long !!!


    Welcome HOME !

    And hey... around here many still USE the ol' outhouse, so let's not knock it down ok?

    Seriously, you still see quite a few where I live, back in them thar hollers !
  14. by   kukukajoo
    Those big sears and Penneys catalogs were not just for reading in the outhouse..................

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