Transforming a New Outhouse

This modern outhouse project successfully merges practical design with stylish elements.

The completion of the modern outhouse project marks a significant milestone in blending functionality with design, using straightforward electrical solutions tailored for everyday use. Here’s a quick look at how we achieved this transformation.


Phase One

The project began with preparing the outhouse to be a self-sufficient structure in terms of its electrical supply. A robust 10mm 2-Core Armoured Sub-Main cable was laid to connect the outhouse to the main building’s power source. This cable runs along the exterior of the main building and is protected as it enters the outhouse, ensuring safety and durability.

Safety and Regulation Compliance:

To comply with the latest wiring regulations, we installed a TT earthing rod. This is a safety mechanism that ensures the outhouse has its independent grounding system, critical for preventing electrical hazards and ensuring the building meets local safety codes.

Setting Up the Consumer Unit:

At the heart of the outhouse’s electrical system, we installed a 6-way RCBO consumer unit. This unit is designed to manage the outhouse’s circuits independently and is protected by a 50a circuit breaker located in the main building’s consumer unit, ensuring that the entire system is safely managed and easily accessible.


Phase Two

Illuminating the Space:

Lighting was a major focus to ensure the space was both functional and welcoming. We installed:

  • Two warm white dimmable downlights in the main room, recessed into the surfboard ceiling feature for a modern look.
  • Dimmable warm white LED strips at either end of the main room and in the en-suite. These were encased in aluminium profiles to blend seamlessly with the décor and provide even light distribution.
  • Additional LED strips in the en-suite to ensure ample lighting, with transformers cleverly hidden to protect against moisture.

Shower Installation:

A 45a shower supply cable was installed to cater to a high-powered shower unit, ensuring it operates safely under the maximum power limit of 9.5Kw. The control switch was conveniently placed outside the bathroom for safety and ease of use.

Socket Installation:

We installed four double socket outlets in the main area of the outhouse. The placement of these sockets was strategically planned on site to ensure they were both functional for appliance use and aesthetically pleasing.

Ensuring Fresh Air:

In the en-suite, we installed a ‘Silent’ running extractor fan that operates with a timer. This fan not only helps in managing moisture and odours but also continues to run for a brief period after the lights are turned off, ensuring continuous air circulation.

Heating Solutions:

We prepared electrical supplies for a high-efficiency electric radiator and an electric towel rail in the en-suite, each on dedicated circuits. These installations provide controlled heating to maintain comfort throughout the year.


Phase Three

Upon completing the installations, every circuit was thoroughly tested to ensure they functioned correctly and safely. This testing phase is crucial and was meticulously carried out to meet all required safety standards. Following the successful testing, an Electrical Installation Certificate (EIC) was issued, and the project was registered for Building Control compliance.

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