The cheapest and easiest compost toilet
Buildings | Compost Toilets | Sustainability

The cheapest and easiest compost toilet

Maybe you’re thinking about buying or building a compost toilet, but you’re not sure if you’re ready to make the leap and part with a lump of cash or spend a lot of time making something.

What if you want to dip your toe in the waterless world of compost toilets and humanure to see if it will work for you, or simply don’t have the budget just yet for that lovely, shiny, all-singing compost toilet.

What’s the best cover material for a compost toilet?
Compost Toilets | Sustainability | Tips

What’s the best cover material for a compost toilet?

Updated 27th March 2021 – Originally written Oct 2020 In a basic, simple compost toilet your cover material should do several things: adds a source of carbon, which will work with the nitrogen in the faeces (and urine) to create a balanced mixture for subsequent composting in your compost pile/bin/heap. Getting a good carbon/nitrogen blend…

Amazing off-grid tiny home on a granite mountain
Buildings | Green | Solar | Tiny Houses

Amazing off-grid tiny home on a granite mountain

Mike Basich, based in the USA, is an ex-professional snowboarder turned photographer who fell in love with mountains and snow. Having purchased land, he chose one of the most exposed sites, on the top of a mountain, to build an off-grid tiny home. Designed around the golden ratio principal, the house looks and feels much…

Do you need planning permission for a shed or outbuilding?
Buildings | Regulations | Sheds

Do you need planning permission for a shed or outbuilding?

Well, it depends… In the UK, usually you don’t need planning permission because putting up a shed or outbuilding is classed as ‘permitted development’ which allows outbuildings up to a certain size to be built without planning permission. However, do check with your local council – for example where I live, permitted development rights have been revoked,…