This Functional Outhouse is embellished with a quarter moon design cutout in the door. It comes complete with a fully enclosed bench seat, angled for comfort, a vent stack, toilet seat and a hopper which funnels material to a hole in the floor.
Functional or just for looks an outhouse is a staple of the countryside. A quarter-moon design is cut out of the door. The history of the quarter-moon on the door of the outhouse goes way back to Europe in the 1500s or the 1600s. It was common practice, back then, to identify which outhouse was which by means of a circular symbol on the door of the men’s and a quarter-moon on the ladies’. The circular symbol and the quarter-moon were Europe’s version of the Chinese Yin and Yang. A little building such as this wooden outhouse can be incorporated with a composting toilet or be equipped with a working hole or used just for looks to store hand tools. Our optional working outhouse toilet package includes a fully enclosed plywood bench seat with a vent stack, a toilet seat and a hopper. Jamaica Cottage Shop offers several options to allow you to personalize your outhouse. Upgrade to clear roofing to achieve a bright and naturally lit outhouse shed. Need your outhouse to fit in with the rest of your buildings? Ask about our siding and roof options to achieve your desired look.
Offered as a frame only kit, complete pre-cut kit or step-by-step plans nationwide, our outdoor post and beam shed solutions give you New England charm no matter where you are located. If you live within our Northeast delivery area, consider purchasing a design fully assembled and delivered to your prepared site. Rugged post and beam techniques, passed down through the centuries, are used to construct this sturdy picturesque shelter, reminiscent of old New England. All of our outbuildings, storage sheds, garden sheds, cottages and utility enclosures are built of the finest Vermont lumber and handcrafted for long life and durability. New England weather can really put a wood garden shed or cottage to the test, and Jamaica Cottage Shop’s products have proven to stand the test of time and strength.
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4×4 Working Outhouse
Complete Pre-Cut Kit (Pre-Set Options)
Base Area: 16 sq. ft.
Total Interior Area: 16 sq. ft.
Recommended Foundation: 3–4” Crushed Gravel
Overall Dimensions: 8’6” H x 4’10” W x 4’10” D
Estimated Weight: 1,200 lbs
4×6 Pressure Treated Sill Plate
2×4 Pressure Treated Joists 24” On Center
¾” CDX Plywood Floor Decking
Floor Weight Rating: 10 lbs/ sq. ft.
4”x4” Hemlock Post and Beam Wall Framing
Wall Height: 60”
Siding: 1” rough sawn Pine Board & Batten
1” rough sawn Pine Corner, Door & Fascia Trim
Gable Roof Style
Roof Pitch: 12/12
2”x4” rough sawn Hemlock Rafters 24” On Center
1”x6” rough sawn Hemlock Exposed Collar Ties
1”x4” rough sawn Hemlock Strapping 20” On Center
Corrugated 29g Metal Roofing, Color: Evergreen
1 2-0 JCS-built 2” Thick rough sawn Pine Single Door with Crescent Moon Cutout, no ramp
Fully enclosed plywood bench with vent stack, toilet seat and hopper
Estimated Assembly Time & Logistic Information
Estimated Assembly Time: One Person: 10 hrs
Estimated Shipping Cube Sizes
Cube 1: 42”x42”x96”