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    Anyone ever seen a functional toilet in the landing of a stairwell? This was a 1910 home with one bathroom on the 2nd floor. I'm assuming an elderly person lived here and needed access to a toilet on the main floor. I've never found a toilet here before.

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    Quote Originally Posted by David Block View Post
    Anyone ever seen a functional toilet in the landing of a stairwell? ...
    No, but I like the added touch of the Santa covering his eyes!


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    You mean like this one at the top of the stairs?

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    Aaron, what the heck is that? I looks like some kind of medieval torture chamber.

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    Default Re: Ever see this before?

    I once inspected a very large, but very old residential dwelling owned by an Indian family in which every bedroom had its own toilet.
    Of course they where kept under the bed.

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    David
    It was common in houses build around the turn of the century, to have only a single bath. Even houses that had 4, 5, even 6 bedrooms, may have had only one bathroom. As needs and customs changed, bathrooms were added, sometimes in closets, end of the hallway, wherever they could put one. Some "bathrooms" only had a tub, the toilet was located somewhere else (the back porch was the most common location).
    In most of the south, outdoor plumbing was the norm until about 1920, most of these houses have since had the bathroom brought inside.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jim Luttrall View Post
    Aaron, what the heck is that? I looks like some kind of medieval torture chamber.
    Jim:

    It's the waiting room outside my office . . .

    Aaron


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    The location isn't that unusual. I've seen many toilets crammed into corners like that, usually with a wall though. Around here one of the common ones in older large homes, is to put a toilet in the entry foyer coat closet.

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    I see them in as lot of odd places in large older homes in this area. Suspect incorrect venting.

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