Make Your Own Toilet! – Or a Second One!

Here in Japan it’s not all that rare to find a reasonably big house with only one toilet. Obviously, that can pose serious consequences when you’re a family of 14. In the west it’s often pretty common to find a bathroom & shower stall attached to each bedroom. Well, sadly, that’s not the case for many homes here.

Every culture or country has its pattern or way they construct things, and here in Japan it’s not too common to find a house with more then 1 or 2 toilets. Anyway, back to the issue at hand. We’re all tired of waiting a coon’s age to use the bathroom!!

homemade toilet unit

There’s only one toilet and no one likes having to wait in line. Agreed? So the suggestion comes up to “just make another one”.

Yeeah, just make another one. Easier said then done. –Was my initial reaction. But being the type to take on challenges, I decided to give it a shot. I ran into a friend who had a toilet unit sitting around, and he ended up giving it to me. Amazingly this friend had a nice-looking sink sitting around as well — which he also gave to me. (Ok, so we’ve got several things pointing in the direction of me needing to make this happen.)

To make a long story short, I just started planning it out and doing it, and everything else just fell into place. One thing I made sure of was calling a plumber to connect the water and other pipes up to the room which would be the future toilet. What you DON’T wanna do is blow it with your plumbing, as everyone loses in that situation, if you know what I mean.

my sink

Lovin’ the challenges is great, but messing with toilet plumbing when you don’t know what you’re doing is just plain asking for it. So I got the guys to bring the plumbing up as well as the actual installation of the toilet, but I was able to do the rest – the overall design, making the room, the interior, etc. You can see from the pics how it all played out.


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