Enclosed with this note are some illustrations for the construction of a
typical outhouse, as well as another text file describing building techniques
The structure described is a little more elaborate than we actually require.
Here are our comments in that regard, and some questions.
- Siding - The illustration depicts plank siding, but I
think we could make do with fibre board or chip board of
some kind, as long as its painted or stained. Not plywood.
We would be interested in how much the cost would be
for both options.
- Porcupines - Given that fibre board (if that's the
right name for it) is more attractive to porcupines,
what suggestions do you have for protecting the exposed
edges and corners from chewing?
- The plans call for a skylight. We can live without that.
- Pressure treated wood should be used around the foundation
areas, where wood meets rock and/or soil, but nowhere else.
- The plans show a Dutch-door. Not necessary. A regular
one-piece door is fine.
- Delivery / installation. We're wondering how that will all work.
We're planning a trip up that way on June 22/23, so if we can
help get it in place that weekend, we will.
- Paint. It will need to be protected with paint or stain of
some kind before it can be left to the elements. Can/should this
be done ahead of time, with just some touch-up once it's
assembled in place?
- Foundation. I think we should use patio stones to spread
the weight over a wider area. The hole itself may need further
excavation and/or re-enforcement. Or maybe not, would appreciate
any suggestions in that regard. Don't want any cave-ins!!