Although our little off-grid home feels fairly cushy these days with solar electricity and even internet connection, we still live in a “dry” cabin – our home has no running water. Rather, we have what I like to call “walking water,” meaning that we haul buckets of water from our water catchment/pond into the house, and back out again as greywater. While dishes, and even cooking are not much trouble, bathing without running water is a real challenge, especially with two young kids who have an affinity for mud! So, when my husband built an outdoor shower for our homestead, I was THRILLED. This system is perfect for the “swing” seasons – spring and fall – and on days when it is simply too cold to bathe at the pond.
The shower is set up rather simply – a large barrel (a 50-gallon Pepsi barrel cut in half) is filled with warm water, which we have pre-heated over a campfire. Brian usually stands on a ladder to pour the hot water into the white barrel, and mixes it with cool water until the perfect shower temperature is achieved.
With a turn of a spigot, flexible tubing carries the water down to this awesome antique brass shower head. The water pressure is amazing!
Don’t you love this set up! The greywater from the shower percolates through the gravel, and down into the brush of our forest.
I love that Brian is a builder and an artist. He is always thinking about the little details, such as this towel hook, and behind it, a mirror for shaving. There is also a small shelf for our soap and shampoo.
Another treat has been this outdoor hand-washing station. It’s very conveniently located near our composting toilet, so there is no need to track back into the house for hand-washing.
It’s been great fun to move into a stage of creative building, and envisioning how to make our little off-grid homestead even more functional and beautiful.
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