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Absolutely
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# Posted: 6 Jul 2018 14:31 - Edited by: Absolutely
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Today is finishing day, two years after starting my little island bunkie. I'm touching up the paint and calling it complete.

After the weekend trip in June of last year we travelled to Europe for two weeks. Upon arriving in Switzerland I popped a fever, which persisted for the whole trip. At the end of the trip, in Paris, I developed Bell's Palsy. My wife, using Dr. Google, immediately suspected it was caused by Lyme disease.

Long story short, after landing in Toronto and going to the ER, it turned out I did have Lyme. I spent the rest of the summer and early fall getting treated and have now returned to normal (fingers crossed).

Fast forward to this spring and I finally cut and installed the jamb extensions and trim on the bunkie. The family is coming up tonight for a month and both boys have friends coming up for nearly the entire time.

Adding the bunkie and the kayak shed have increased the utility and useability immeasurably. Thanks for reading and have a great summer. Next year I begin work on the shed for the composting toilet so stay tuned.
Bunks
Bunks
Bunks
Bunks
Futon for seating or a third guest
Futon for seating or a third guest
View from the top bunk
View from the top bunk


socceronly
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# Posted: 14 Sep 2018 13:53
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Fantastic.

What lake are you on? I didn't see it above.

I'm on an island in Rice Lake.

JM

Absolutely
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# Posted: 14 Sep 2018 19:55
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I'm going to keep it vague and say north of Kingston.

Absolutely
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# Posted: 4 Jul 2019 10:46 - Edited by: Absolutely
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It's time for an update. I built the bunkie in 2016 and as part of that process the old outhouse was knocked down to dig footings for the boat shed. That left us with only one functioning toilet on the island. As an islander you never want to have only one of something - if that goes pear-shaped then you're hooped.

As a result, my wife and I decided to add a second toilet. Discussions ensued and we went around and around, trying to decide on the ideal waste solution. We talked about another pit toilet, a simple bucket system or another "traditional" flush toilet tied into the existing septic system. In the end we decided to buy a Separret Villa. It got great reviews and was the closest to a "traditional" toilet that still seemed to work as designed (unlike reviews on other non-separating composting manufactured toilets).

The discussion then centred around the building to house it. We started out talking about a simple 4x4 shed. Then my wife said "why not put a sink in there to wash your hands with?" Well, if you're going to put a sink in, you need a grey water pit. And if you have a grey water pit, why not have a shower too? Oh, and the toilet needs electricity to run the fan so you may as well run a 20A service out to it. That's how I ended up with the bathroom you see below.

There's still a bit to do. I need to add more gravel to the grey water pit and sod it over. The water supply is simply two hoses running from the cottage to the building. Winterization is performed by disconnecting the hoses. Everything is sloped towards the connection points so it'll drain. The hot water is only a degree or two cooler than in the cottage. All of our water is drawn from the lake, ie not potable, so the use of hoses for supply isn't an issue.

Just a note on the design - I didn't want the small room to feel even smaller with a flat ceiling. I decided to install T&G pine against the rafters to make the room feel airier. Cutting around the rafter tie was a bit tricky as was trimming it out. I liked the look of the shiplap and although relatively expensive it was quick and easy to install and finish. I went with LVT on top of 3/4" ply as it puts up with wetness better.

With the bunkie. boat shed, and bathroom completed I have now formally ceased construction on the island. When we bought out island in 2001 we had a 10 year plan of things we wanted to do. Other than fixing some of the siding, we're done. I'm semi-retired so now it's time to put my feet up and enjoy (although I still have a strong urge to drive a few nails in with the hammer!)
The old outhouse
The old outhouse
New Bathroom with boat shed behind
New Bathroom with boat shed behind
Interior
Interior
Interior
Interior


Absolutely
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# Posted: 4 Jul 2019 10:50
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Here's a few extra photos of the build.
Boat shed with bathroom behind
Boat shed with bathroom behind
Ceiling
Ceiling
Window
Window
Grey water pit to be finished
Grey water pit to be finished


fiftyfifty
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# Posted: 7 Jul 2019 12:00
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How do you like the Separret so far? Your bathhouse looks great!

NorthRick
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# Posted: 7 Jul 2019 12:40
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Nice looking camp!

Absolutely
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# Posted: 7 Jul 2019 16:36
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TBH, I haven't tried it out yet. I wanted to make sure my family had a chance to see how it all worked before I "christened" it. I'll get back to you before Labour Day, when we close up, to let you know how it goes. I expect good things, though. It was probably the best manufactured, packaged product I've bought in a long time, with excellent instructions and all the necessary parts for multiple installation configurations.

Thanks for the kind words, NorthRick, it's getting there. I've had lots of inspiration from the members of this forum.

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