We got bogged down in our
bathtub project for a few different reasons. First, the weather turned
cold, so we had more staying-alive issues to deal with (firewood, frozen water). Second,
home renovation doesn't involve living things, so I don't tend to
prioritize it (lazy garden-obsessed homesteader!). And, finally, we had
so many interesting comments on my planning post that I needed to digest for a while.
We plan to get back to
work on the bathtub next week (weather permitting). But I thought I'd
share the photos above of a 100+-year-old folding bathtub that proves
our wacky idea is nothing new. (Thanks for the heads-up, Kris!)
"I was just thinking, what happened to the bathroom in your trailer? Was it converted or walls ripped out?" --- Eric in Japan
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Speaking of dragging our
heels, I guess I should give you at least the cliff notes version of why
we don't currently have a working bathtub. One came with the trailer,
of course, but when you start from scratch with untraditional
home-plumbing, it simply makes more sense to concentrate all of the
influent and effluent at a single location. In our case, the chosen
location was the warmest spot in the winter trailer --- the kitchen,
where we use water constantly for dishes, cooking, and washing. As a
result, we ripped the entire bathroom out and turned that area into chicken-waterer-building central.
So how have we been
bathing for the last decade? In the summer, a hose outdoors is top notch
(says Anna --- Mark prefers his water to be more temperate). In the
winter, though, I go for water heated on the stove and poured into a
galvanized washtub while Mark prefers bird baths. As you can tell,
anything we build will be a major step up.
Okay, now you're back up
to date on the next building project. Time to start thinking of the
newest bathing apparatus once again!