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February 11, 2010

OUTDOOR LOOS BECOME "HERITAGE" ITEM IN BRITISH HOME SALES

Tree Hugger - It is estimated that one out of every thousand houses in the UK has an outdoor lavatory. It used to be only for the poor and definitely not a status symbol. Although it was a big step up from a chamber pot, it was still a source of embarrassment for the upwardly mobile family. Even in 1952, "a quarter of British homes had inadequate sanitary arrangements, outdoor lavatories, and bathrooms shared with neighbors."

But times have changed and instead of knocking down the old fashioned privy, new owners are keeping them. Why not; it's an extra bathroom. And it's private, natural, airy and a chance to get away from the family.

Real estate agents call it a "heritage" aspect now and it can add some value to the sale.

A lovely house pictured from a village in Ireland is up for US $400,000 and the description says "Semi-detached Georgian residence located in Kilbeggan town centre. Large back area with outdoor toilet immediately outside back door."


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