Solar/greywater shower

The sides were assembled and roof raised on the solar shower today. The shower will be heated by coiled black garden hose (bottom right pic) that will be mounted on the top of the shower. On one side of the shower is a gigantic compost bin and an assortment of edible fruit trees and plants that run along the fence line which willl all benefit from the water. The planks making the shower were all recycled and free ( I think I mentioned that already!).   For the flooring, we are thinking of perhaps some round pebbles — nice on your feet and it will allow the water to perculate into the surrounding compost bin and surrounding plants.   Eventually, Jules is thinking of adding an urinal inside the shower that will drain into the adjacent compost bin.

The worm bin has been displaced because of all the new construction. Finding another permanent spot for our worms is vital, but a new home will have to wait. We still have lots of work to do and right now we aren’t sure where the plants will go, so we are temporarily storing the worms in a few plastic bins.

The next project is the garden/storage shed that will go where the bunny hutch once was. The shed will be useful in taking our garden tools out of the garage and placed where we can easily storage the animal feed.   One thing that we are in desperate need of here on the homestead is storage space! So this shed should help with organizing things.

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  1. Dalene says:

    We live by a river and we have lots of natural pebbles and rock along the banks. Our river bank is essentially all pebble and rock. When you mentioned you were thinking of pebbles for the floor of your shower, my first thought was to suggest you test and try out a few various design themes. There is nothing more slippery than a wet pebbly surface, if any of the pebbles are loose. You probably have this figured out already, but in case you don’t, it might save you a little time to have it suggested beforehand. But what a great idea! The outdoor shower.

  2. Anais says:

    Thanks for the tip – much appreciated. The floor will be natural (not set in mortar), all the sand and pebbles will be placed (dumped) loosely as if one were taking a shower on a beach. 😉

  3. b_heart11 says:

    If you don’t mind dumpster diving, I suggest looking in the trash bins of flooring stores. My brother found boxes upon boxes of tiles that had only one or two broken and gave them to Xiomburg and myself. The broken ones make beautiful mosaics. You would still have to purchase the other materials, of course, but it saves quite a bit per square foot, and keeps these tiles out of the landfills. We put some stone-look tiles in our entryway, and they aren’t very slick when wet (I can’t account for soap, though).

  4. Jeff says:

    Is the volume of the reeled black hose the extent of the heated water? That would seem to be a very fast shower! 🙂