Compost Toilet

During Corona time, we were happy that we can spend time on this beautiful place and we were pretty productive, we built up a little garden, created a compost box, installed lights in our kitchen, got our own fridge, built a shoes rack, installed door for our closet, got a second sofa from our neighbour, sewed curtains for each window, got a small electric cooking stove and etc.

There is no perfect place, except the experience be able to spend such a nice time in the nature, we also experienced the imperfections, the closest water tap to our house was not working, the only 2 toilets in the common area here were nearly not working, we were unable to connect any WIFI for month. We did a little research about compost toilet and we decided to buy one for ourselves instead of building one. We have been using Nature’s head compost toilet nearly a month, it is just great. It is a urine and poo separated toilet, we don’t need any water to flush anything away. The container for urine, it gets normally full after 2 days, we just empty it under trees or on the grass. The part for poo, we put coconut fiber that came with the toilet, each time after using it, we have to mix/stir it with the handle on the side. It gets full after 60-80 times of use, we would said for 2 people, we need to empty it after 1 month.

On our camp site, there is a compost bin with lid for us to continue compost the poo, we can simply empty it inside. After 1 or 2 years, they will be very great soil for the garden.

After 5 months staying here without our own toilet, this is like a little upgrade for us, we can now use toilet comfortably at home, without going anywhere. The most important fact about this toilet is, it does not smell, it has only a little smell of soil or smell from the coconut fiber. This toilet is pretty expensive but we have no regret about our decision.

For more information – https://www.natureshead.net/

Step by step

We have been living by this beautiful lake for 2 months now, it is just so precious and lucky that we have the chance to live in the nature. Every time, after we make a day trip to Berlin, we just feel so happy to come back here. We can also truly observe the change of our surrounding, we can see swans strolling on the lake or flying above the sky like a plane, we are happy to create this connection with the nature before it disappears.

At the moment we do not have kitchen or water supply yet in the house but we have the feel that we are actually having a pretty luxury life here with a warm and comfy shelter where we call home. We have a common shared kitchen, shower room and toilet on this land, we are actually not in the rush to have all this in the house, but hopefully we will have a kitchen by this summer. Our life now is like someone would pay more than 200euro a nights for a glamping experience in the nature but we are actually living in it.

By now, we have installed 2 very important systems in the house which is the heat exchange ventilator to decrease the humidity in the house and also a heating system that run by gas. Beside that, we also already have electric supply in the house. The house will be slowly be completed.

There is nothing perfect in life, perfection is boring.

I just can’t wait to start growing some vegetables. I have actually created compost heaps here and there to cover the open soil. I also have created a garden bed, I would like to do a small experiment of what I have learned in the past few years. I have collected horse manure, rotten wood, our veggies waste and also coffee ground from cafe to make the bed. Hopefully worms will find the cozy home very soon that I have created for them.

Heating system

We have chosen Truma Combi 4CP plus as our heating system in the house. This is a pretty known heating system for caravan use, we believe it works well in our tiny house as well, it is so small and compact and we can hide it easily under our kitchen table later on. This machine not only can heat up the house fast, it can heat up water as well. At this stage, we don’t have a plan yet for our water system, we will figure it out.

We have a gas pipe line runs from this machine under the kitchen table to our shower room and to the compartment outside of the house, where we put our gas bottles. We also have a exhaust pipe from the machine to outside, There is a control panel and a thermostat come together with the machine. There is one thing quite important that we didn’t make a good plan before all the installation is, we are placing the exhaust pipe right under our ventilator @_@ which is not an good example, but our heating doesn’t run all the time, it runs only when the thermostat sense the temperature is lower than what we set on the control panel.

We didn’t install this system by ourselves, we have contacted a distributor nearby, he has done all the installation for us.

Info of the product : https://www.truma.com/de/de/home/index.html

Ventilation

Due to the problem with humidity living in a small space with 2 people, we have done some researches that we really need a ventilation with heat exchange function in our house.

Many people recommend us using Lunos because it is smaller, compact and it is pretty silent when it runs. We have been using for 2 days now, we are still observing and we need to borrow a humidity measurement tool again to check the humidity level in the house.

Basically, this device is designed for a normal house for a ticker wall, as our wall is only 15 cm thick, we need to build a small box to hole the device and also a tiny box to hold all the cables for the control panel.

For the electrical part, someone has showed me step by step how to connect, I’m happy that it works. We need a YR 6X0.8 cable, which mean there are 6 tiny cables in a cable, connect it from the ventilator to the control panel according to the given instruction from their manual. Connect the power supply cables (only blue and brown) with wire connectors (Kabel Wago) together with the cables from the adaptor (Netzteil 18W) and from the adaptor connect the red and black cables to the control panel. It is better to get advice from some one who knows about the electric installation, I was also very confused in the beginning.

Information of the product: https://lunos.de/en/product/ego-mit-waermerueckgewinnung-e/

Where we bought it: https://www.elektroland24.de/Haustechnik/LUNOS-160er-Serie/Lunos-040112-Einschub-fuer-Lueftung-ego-fuer-Kueche-Bad-mit-Innenblende.html#040113

The list of accessories on top of the product that we bought: 01.Lunos 040112 Einschub für Lüftung ego für Küche/Bad, mit Innenblende | 02. Lunos 039891 Rundkanal 9/R160-700 , 700mm | 03.Lunos 040108 Außenhaube 1/HAZ-2 (2-Kanal), anthrazit | 04.Lunos 040113 5/SC-FT Smart-Comfort-Steuerung | 05.Lunos 039973 5/NT18 Netzteil 18W

Electric Connection

We are lucky to have someone here gives a help in doing the electric connection. He mainly helped us to do all the connection in the fuse box. Later we made a hole through the floor, we had to pull the main cable from the fuse box through the floor, connected with the plug under the house, fix the plug in a good position and put silicon close the gap around the cable. We tested our plug few days ago, everything worked fine. I was so happy that it worked, I had actually no idea at all in the beginning about electrical connection, I gathered information here and there, asked people who know about it, tried to figure everything out from scratch.

You can read about the wiring plan here – https://flowwiththetiny.home.blog/2019/07/06/week-4-1-wiring/

We didn’t do the wiring in a professional way but it works….

3 weeks in the house

What has happened?

In the last 3 weeks, we have been adjusting our life here in the tiny house. We don’t have heating system, water, kitchen, shower room, toilet in the house yet but we have a least an extension cable from outside through the door corner. Luckily we got an Infrared Heating from someone, we can at least heat the house before we get the heating system installed.

The biggest problem we have is the humidity inside the house, as the house is so properly sealed, in a small a space with 2 people breathing, the humid air has no way out from the house. And another reason the house is so humid is that the house was new and never get heated up, after the house got heat up for the first time, we could see that all of our stuffs in the house were full moisture as well as all windows and door.

We borrowed a measuring tool from our neighbor to check the humidity level, it shows always 70%-80%, one morning it showed 90%. The normal level should be between 40%-60%. We open our windows 2-3 times everyday for the air exchange. The worst thing happened that we did not realize earlier is our futon mattresses on the loft already have some mold after 2 weeks sleeping on it. We were sweating every night like crazy because the air was so humid, we only found out the reason after we found the mold 😀

We borrowed a dehumidifier from someone here and got slatted bed base for our mattresses, I think it improves a bit. At least there is no more moisture on our windows and doors in the morning. We will need to install heat exchanger for the house.

The upcycling staircase 🙂
It looks pretty cozy at the moment.
I have installed some of the plugs 🙂