Jake and Sophias Tiny house life

Here´s a family following the call to live simple and small. They are located ouside Seattle Washington in Edgewood with their now two daughters. One at the age of five and a just new born baby girl. In their tiny home they use the Separett Villa composting toilet and here´s their story told by the father in the house, Jake.

When my wife and I decided to go Tiny, it wasn't just about a smaller space, it was also about sustainability for us. We really wanted to minimize our wasteful impact on our planet. Flushing a gallon of water every time you used the restroom just seemed so wasteful to us. We also ran into an issue when selling our house where our septic tank had cracked and we got to absorb the enormous cost of either replacing it or connecting to sewer, either option being a five-figure bill. As the next step in our tiny house journey is wanting to buy 5-10 acres of land, we wanted to make sure that transition would be as easy as possible as well. Not having to worry about septic or sewer just made sense. 

 Tiny house life

So with that, a composting toilet was a must for our home. It checked the boxes of being sustainable, less wasteful, and also potentially saves us a ton of money down the road. When it came to choosing, we looked at our options based on what others have done and I got to researching. With the look of our home, I knew I wanted it to be as "traditional" as possible. That basically eliminated the very-rustic DIY versions where people basically build a platform over a bucket and use a compost mix to keep things going. Not going to work for us. The urine diverting styles of Nature's Head and Separett made the most sense. We had the opportunity to use the Nature's Head when we stayed at a Tiny House for a mini-vacation while we were planning, and while it worked quite well, it didn't win us over. Neither of us were fans of the look (like it belongs in an RV or boat), nor the fact that after doing your business, you had to mix it up with the levers on the side. The biggest drawback I think for me was the urine bucket up front. Not only was it an eyesore (nothing like seeing how much everyone pees when you first walk in to the bathroom), but it was one more thing I would have to clean out. Frequently. With the Villa, it looks like a more traditional toilet, there is no mixing necessary, and having the urine go out with the gray water made selecting this one a no-brainer, even if it was more expensive. To us, it was worth it. 

 Tiny bathroom with the Separett Villa composting toilet


Having used it since May when our house was completed, I have no doubts we made the correct choice for our family. Emptying the container isn't as bad as one would expect as long as you're timely with it, there's no foul smell indoors to speak of (which is shocking considering what lies beneath), we're not wasting perfectly good water, and we have no need for a septic or sewer connection. I would absolutely make this purchase again if I had to do it all over, knowing what I know now. 


We definitely need to invest in the child seat as my 5-year-old struggles a bit with positioning, and we just had another baby girl a week ago who will need to learn at some point as well. 



We are so happy to be able to take part of their story and their life of achieving a more sustainable home.

You can follow this wonderful family and their life in their tiny home on instagram, @bigfaith_tinyspace

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