We literally walked around with a chair, trying to decide the very best location for the privy. Eventually Annie decided this was the spot, so we built the privy with a view of the valley below. We did (eventually) move the chair.
The privy features a SunMar commercial composting toilet. It (the privy, not the toilet) is built from straw bales. It also features a living roof. There was originally a door, but storms ripped two versions from their mounts – so we decided the privy did not want a door. A flag (lowered when in use) does the trick.
As is the case with most of the small buildings at Blue Rock Station, the privy rests upon a rammed earth tire foundation. Over the years we have made a number of changes, adding art work and a bit of whimsy.
The privy accumulates dry human waste for several months. It is then emptied and stored in another composting area for about a year. By the end of this period of time, the “humanure” is ready for the gardens.