I'm going potty!
Trip Start Nov 27, 2009
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rural skills centre www.orchardbarn.org.uk
Soon we'd stripped poles (sourced from just up the road) and had a corner post and a door post dug into the ground. Progress was being swiftly made.
And then we got the question from the blindside - does the design of this toilet meet building regulations parts M1 & M3 for accessible toilets?
No, the shed is designed to provide privacy for a bucket with a seat.
What're the regs?
We kept prepping for several days because we couldn't proceed until the council building control had done the foundation inspection (holes) and the timber inspection. They readily admit that this type of building method is not what they see at all often (ever). But after answering their questions and appearing competent, we passed the foundation and timber inspection. We could start building in earnest but by this time we were a long way behind schedule. The design was amended, including removing joints that I wanted to practice, and the building design was simplified. It is possible that it was a little bit over-engineered. Tenons that I'd precut were removed and the timbers were mated with nails or screws. Not as satisfying but it did get the job moving and I could declare from time to time that I'd finished another butt joint. Hilarity!
Philip was staying an extra week so I was trying to explain my ideas as I went. I spent every evening drawing plans, looking for evidence that the techniques I was using were recognised and reconciling issues against the regulations. My plans were then redrawn as scale diagrams for submission to building control and included phrases like "earth fast" which is essentially a pole in a hole with rammed backfilled earth. This technique goes back a long long time but isn't one that the building control are familiar with.
I didn't get to finish the structure, we ran out of time having lost a week and a half out of two due to changing plans and building inspections. The photo shows the front with the wide door frame, the wall plates that will support the sloping roof and the back corners in place. I'm hoping that the building is progressing and eventually to see a functioning accessible compost toilet in roundwood. We think that this is the first in the area and probably the country.