How to Build an Outhouse

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Yes, this post is titled “How to Build an Outhouse.” Why would I be building an outhouse? Surely you can get custom metal buildings these days. Well, yes you can, and I wouldn’t personally be building an outhouse… but our local Antique Machinery Club has been building them. We’ve been custom building old fashioned outhouses as a fundraiser for the club.

The project started at the Tractor Show, where we cut some of the wood, and got started on the first one. Since then, Mike – our resident sawmill operator – has been cutting a lot more wood, and several of the club members got together over the weekend to work on building another one.

These outhouses aren’t really outhouses – they’re decorative outbuildings that can be used for storage. Of course, if you really wanted to use it as an outhouse, I’m sure the guys would build one for you. The great thing about this method of construction is that the whole building can be to your taste and requirements. If you wanted an outbuilding, you could request for one of the roofing companies austin to come down and install you a proper versatile roof to withstand all that nature throws at it.

Since they are all custom made, the project starts with a base and a frame. From there, each piece of wood measured and cut individually. There really are no plans. It’s hard to have them when each piece of lumber varies in width.

My husband, Matt, was out working all day. He did a lot of work with the nail gun, as well as with an old fashioned hammer.

So was John – Marybeth from Alarm Clock Wars‘ husband. You can see a finished outhouse behind him.


  1. Penny Imes on July 26, 2012 at 11:33 am

    Wonderful blog! I found it while searching on Yahoo News. Do you have any tips on how to get listed in Yahoo News? I’ve been trying for a while but I never seem to get there! Many thanks

  2. Inspire Me Heather on July 15, 2013 at 9:01 am

    Hi there! Your outhouse looks great and I have this linked to my DIY bloggers outhouses roundup post too today – it was really hard to dig these links up, I tell ya!

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