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Thursday, June 24

Why are porta potties so ugly?




You know what I have noticed a lot of in my neighborhood? Porta potties! Summer must be here as it seems that construction is happening on every block again. Why do they have to be SO ugly?












Now, if you are like me, you might think that a porta potty is one of the ugliest things around. To have one of these parked on your sidewalk for a few months. Oh my! What will the neighbors say!

It wasn't until just the other day that I literally had to pull the car over as I saw a few of these great porta potties that were disguised with wood and trellis. Finally something that looks good! They blend in it's almost like they aren't even there! I mean if you are going to have to park one of these in your front yard, doesn't it look better to cover them up and try to help them disappear? Is this a new trend? Have others out there seen these trellis covered potties? Oh and how nice is the one with its own outdoor sink!







17 comments:

Anonymous said...

Oh I wish I'd seen this in time for our Wine Festival tomorrow. Next year for sure.

Sara Sandifer said...

So very Pac Heights of them! Nice! I've been noticing these lately too... good improvement.

Marija said...

OMG! I love it! This is the funniest post I've seen in a while. Or maybe I'm just way too worked up about port-a-potties. The only picture we had of our house when it was finally finished had a port-a-potty parked right out in front underneath the carport. Such a bummer but I loved the picture so much because it was such a happy moment. It's my profile pic and I blurred out the port-a-potty. I should try to photo-shop in a trellis ;)

Deviant Deziner, aka Michelle said...

As a designer and construction manager I understand why port a potties are exposed to the public.
The homeowners don't want to pay the cost to dress them up.
So it comes down to the contractors expense.
It makes sense to see Mike Caruso's trellised port a potty.
He's a class act local S.F. contractor.
( I have no connection to him except that I did one project with him several years ago. )

Malka Sabroe-JoHanson said...

Very cute..

Malka Sabroe-JoHanson said...

Very Cute...

home before dark said...

All is missing is that special GKG touch of unusual TP holders. Perhaps there should be a blog contest to design the best virtual port-a -potty coverups!

Brillante Home Decor said...

When I read this post it came back to me all the "Vespasiani" (named from the Emperor Vespasiano who was the first to put a tax on the use of it) or public toilets I have seen in Italy in the past, luckily almost disappeared now. They were used only by men (for obvious reasons, since they were open at the bottom...perhaps to avoid other uses of the site?) but they were almost pretty, made of forged metals or at times of concrete, but always with ornate details, like they were a tiny monument dedicated to "..."
I love the idea of hiding the new ones with trellises, well thought!

Acanthus and Acorn said...

Grant,
Funny, funny, funny!!! I have never seen the "trellis" version, but I love it! Now all these designer port-a-potties need is your tp in the silver trophy cup ;)

Laura Casey Interiors said...

When we looked into having my wedding outside I found out you can rent super fancy port-a bathrooms for an astronomical fee. Glad to see the basic ones getting a little treatment :)

All The Trappings said...

I haven't laughed this hard since Decorno.

We have a porta-potty company here named: Potty Time....the slogan written right under is: Hurry Up I gotta Go!!

I killed myself laughing when I 1st saw it!

Jill Moran said...

Thanks for noticing! We thought it was a good idea, which is why we started using them. Glad they're appreciated!

Cristin said...

I saw that Pac Heights porta potty and thought it was brilliant. Also, very thoughtful of the home owners. Fun post.

xo,
cristin

Anonymous said...

How bout a tour of your neighbourhood? Pretty Please. :)

Author said...

Yes, great post! I always think it is good to include a little practicality in one's blogs. Escape/luxury can be fun - but yes, porta-potties also seem to be one of those ever-present little human touches that are around us as well, it seems.

On another thought - by San Francisco size standards, this is almost a hip studio apartment!

pve design said...

A neighbor had a port-o-pottie in the front, during the renovation and one adorable son, said, it was convenient and he liked the "minty" smell.
We had a good laugh --
pve

Michelle H. said...

OK, you crack me up.

 

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