I was thinking through a suggestion from Kithera on one of my other blogs, Tiny House Design, about using a proper shower instead of a wet bath and decided to do a quick drawing to figure out if there was enough room for a proper shower. If I leave the width at six feet and use a standard sized free toilet a proper shower takes up a bit too much space.
A wet bath, or one that could withstand the spray from a shower, is more doable in terms of size but would definitely be harder to build due to the need to waterproof everything. It also eats up space that could be used to store towels and other bathroom items. I’ll keep noodling over this for now and be on the lookout for discarded shower stuff (like an old fiberglass shower unit), toilet, etc. Having the actual bathroom elements will be essential for finalizing the design. I will remove the sink as Kithera suggested, she’s right who needs a sink in a bathroom when there is a perfectly good kitchen sink within arms reach.
Also shown in the drawing is how I’m thinking of framing the house with pallet wood. You’ll notice that there seem to be way too many studs, and that’s because I suspect the only way to build with short (approx 3 feet) pallet 2x4s I’ll need to build up multiple 2x4s. I’m pretty sure glueing and bolting them together is the best way to do it since nails would eventually fail. As soon as I can I’ll knock toghter a few to see how well that approach will work.
I’ve also considered building panels or even using pallets in their original shape but I’m worried those approaches might be too structurally unsound. If anyone has any ideas on a way to do it using less material please post a comment. A more frugal use of 2×4 material would yield a lighter and more insulated house.