TINY HOMES AND COMPOSTING TOILETS – THEY JUST MAKE SENSE
16 OCTOBER 2017
They say good things come in small packages and that’s definitely the case when it comes to tiny homes. If you’ve missed the latest craze to sweep across Australia and the world, tiny homes aren’t just about reducing your living space, it’s about creating a less cluttered, more organised and simple lifestyle to free up your space, your mind and your home so you can enjoy the simpler things in life. Now, tiny home living isn’t for everyone and it certainly does have its challenges, but for those Australians that have tried it and liked it, there’s not many that would go back to their old way of living. What types of tiny homes are there? The great thing about tiny homes is there’s no hard and fast rules about what you should and shouldn’t do. It’s up to you to determine the type of tiny home you want to buy or build and your personal preferences will have a lot of input in the design, layout and final construction of your tiny home. Saying that here’s a few different types of tiny homes that we see our composting toilet customers move into. Timber Tiny Homes These are probably the most common tiny homes around Australia as they’re environmentally friendly, fairly low cost, easy to build and quick to make. These could be called cabins or even built on a trailer base (which kind of makes them a caravan of sorts). Some are built in a permanent place and others can be moved.
Shipping Container Homes Growing in popularity, shipping container homes have even made it onto television shows like The Block. Sure, some of them aren’t overly glamorous or inviting and play a more functional role (like Wombat’s place), but there are others that are just amazing pieces of engineering (take a look at this post over at TinyHouseTalk for example).
Bus Conversions It sounds like something out of a 70’s rock & roll, road-trip movie but more and more people are purchasing old buses and converting them into tiny homes. The framework is allready there – all that’s needed is a little demolition and some construction (and a tiny home toilet of course). Some of them are drivable, some of them aren’t but one thing’s for sure, it would be a lot of fun to live in and you won’t lack for windows!
Cob Homes More popular in Europe, Cob homes are made from natural materials and can be incredibly cheap to make (check out what this bloke in Great Britain made for just $250!) If you want to find out more about making homes out of natural materials, we suggest checking out the Earth Building Association of Australia.
Can you install a ‘normal’ toilet in a tiny home? If your tiny home has town water then it’s a possibility to install a flushing toilet, however, if you’re going to reduce the clutter in your life and start thinking in a more eco-friendly way, a composting toilet is the perfect solution for your tiny home. Ecoflo has a wide range of toilets that could suit your needs. The products we would recommend will change depending on the type of home you have and the space you have to build in but feel free to take a look at our Tiny Home toilets to give you an idea of the range available for tiny homes.
What’s the best type of toilet for a tiny home? Of course, we’re biased and we’re going to say a composting toilet is the best type of toilet for a tiny home, but when you think about it – when you’re reducing your impact on the earth, reducing your living costs and trying to live a simplified life, a composting toilet is the perfect solution for your next tiny home project. If you would like to talk to us about our range of installation requirements please call us on 1300 138 182.