Potty Like a Rockstar – Bathroom Remodel Edition

If you’ve been following our Potty Like a Rockstar series, you know that we’ve been highlighting reasons to rent luxury restroom trailers. In this edition we’re talking about bathroom remodels.

It might surprise you to learn that the winter is a great time to remodel a bathroom. Tradespeople are typically less busy during the holidays, which means that you can often complete the project faster and for less than you would at other times during the year. While you shouldn’t simply look for the lowest quote possible to do the job, contractors, electricians, and plumbers will sometimes work with you more on labor rates when they have excess capacity. Additionally, since you already have time off around the holidays, you may be able to put in some sweat equity to reduce costs. Determining which improvements you can do yourself is a great way to save money on the remodel. If your work schedule permits, you may even be able to act as the GC (general contractor) yourself to save even more. Either way, being around for part or all of the project and pitching in will make you feel more connected to the end result, like you’ve done something you can be proud of.

Since family and friends usually exchange gifts for the holidays, you can put practical items on your wish list to tie your remodel in with the holidays. Why get gifts you don’t want or need when you can ask for fixtures, flooring, decorations, or other bathroom must-haves instead?

However, if you’re going to undergo a remodel, you’ll need to plan for a backup bathroom for your family regardless of the time of the year. Any temporary bathroom you get better be climate controlled during the winter or you’ll end up with a very grumpy family! A luxury portable restroom fits the bill by offering toilets, sinks, and showers to give your family the same amenities as home with a nice, warm interior. The inside is also aesthetically appealing, providing a cozy and familiar feel for family members. Our master bathroom trailer looks great from the outside as well, which means your neighbors won’t mind seeing it for the duration of the remodel.

Kerkstra Luxury Portable Restroom Service Inc. provides portable restroom service across Michigan and luxury restroom trailers for all of the states surrounding the Great Lakes. Take a look at our mobile restroom trailers and request a quote today!

5 Ways to Save Money on Portable Toilets

Looking to rent portable toilets on a budget? Here are some tips to save money on your next portable restroom rental:

  • Rent Locally

Most people think that if they use a national portable restroom service that they’ll save money because big companies can offer better rates. However, this isn’t usually the case. Large national companies typically just book rentals and then sub-contract local companies to provide the units. The result is that renters pay more for the units because the national company marks up the local company’s rental prices so that they can make a profit. That’s why it’s often less expensive to just rent from a local company directly.

  • Rent More

Volume discounts can help you save money on a per unit basis, especially when renting many of the same type of unit. This is most often the case when the truck needed to bring out portable toilets has extra capacity. Don’t be afraid to ask your portable toilet supplier if there are specific quantities that can be rented to reduce the per unit cost. This is a great way to be cost effective while minimizing lines at your event.

  • Rent Longer

Sometimes renting units for more time can substantially reduce the per day rate. This will depend on which (and how many) units are being rented, where they’re being delivered, how often they’ll need to be serviced, but keeping them longer may help provide additional value for your event.

  • Add High-Capacity Holding Tanks

Waste holding tanks can be added to increase portable toilet capacity, reducing how often they need to be emptied. Depending on the nature of your event, adding these onto existing rentals can be a smart way to reduce cost while still providing enough bathroom options for the duration of your event.

  • Shop Around

This may sound like an obvious tip, but comparison shopping is important when renting portable toilets. Keep in mind though while you shop around that you shouldn’t just be looking for the cheapest solution. Finding value is about getting the best solution for your needs at a reasonable price.

Kerkstra Luxury Portable Restroom Service Inc. provides portable restroom service across Michigan and luxury restroom trailers for all of the states surrounding the Great Lakes. Take a look at our mobile restroom trailers and request a quote today!

Where Can You See Kerkstra Porta Potties in Action?

Most people don’t pay much attention to portable toilets, but chances are that if you’ve been out and about enjoying the outdoors in West Michigan, you’ve probably seen our porta potties before. So, where can you spot our units? The short answer – everywhere.

Our biggest event during the busy summer season was Electric Forest (a rockin’ 8-day music festival) in Rothbury, Michigan. However, we service all types of events and location year-round! Some of our favorites include:

  • Parks – West Michigan is full of family-friendly parks, dog parks, hiking trails, nature walks, walking paths, and biking trails… and all these locations need bathrooms! The versatility of porta johns makes them an excellent restroom option for even the most remote locations. So, the next time you lace up your shoes, fill up your bike tires, or tie down your canoe, look around some of Michigan’s favorite parks for our clean portable toilets.
  • Construction Sites – We love giving back to the hardworking men and women that build and maintained our roadways. By providing well-serviced units to their jobsites, we feel like we’re doing our part to keep Michigan moving.
  • Farms and Farm Stands – There’s nothing more iconic than a small-town farm stand or u-pick patch. We offer GAAP compliant restroom solutions for growers and pickers as well as standalone portable toilets for visitors to their farms to use.
  • Marathons/Half-Marathons/5K Runs – The spirit of competition makes community races fun for participants and spectators alike. We serve these events we porta potties for attendees and restroom trailers for competitors to provide a customized solution for each race.
  • Corporate Functions – Whether it’s one of the region’s largest employers or a small neighborhood business, we can provide restrooms for any size function. Our portable bathroom trailers and porta potty units can be rented in any combination imaginable.
  • Sports Festivals – Weekend-long sports competitions bring competitors together to showcase their skills, and our units out to keep everyone game ready. Whether athletes are using the bathroom between games or changing before and after playing, our Elite Units and luxury restroom trailers are spacious and comfortable for competitors of all ages.
  • University of Michigan and Michigan State Events – Whether it’s Go Blue or Go State, we love the atmosphere of university events. We can service casual functions like game day tailgates all the way up to black tie fundraisers.
  • Music Festivals – Week-long, weekend-long, or single day music festivals need bathrooms. We can provide restrooms with or without showers to give attendees necessities so that they can enjoy their favorite bands in beautiful outdoor settings.
  • Private Residential Events – Neighborhood functions and block parties are always a good time. We regularly service holiday get-togethers throughout the summer and fall to give neighbors a convenient place to use the restroom without having to go into each other’s homes. Typically, we see the most demand for 4th of July and Halloween parties, but we’ve delivered units for everything from birthdays and weddings to retirement and funerals.
    Kerkstra Luxury Portable Restroom Service Inc. provides portable restroom service across Michigan and luxury restroom trailers for all of the states surrounding the Great Lakes. Take a look at our mobile restroom trailers and request a quote today!

Potty Like a Rockstar – Neighborhood Party Edition

If you’ve been following our Party Like a Rockstar blog series, you’ll know that we’ve been covering different events that portable toilets can be used for to have a great time outdoors. In this edition, we’re talking about neighborhood parties.

The goal of every party is to get people together to have fun. However, depending on how many neighbors you have, you may not want that much togetherness. Having everyone come inside to eat and drink and use the bathroom can be a pain. Instead, keep kids and adults outside by serving food out there and providing portable toilets nearby for everyone to use. This can be a real time-saver after the party is over because it eliminates extensive cleanup.

While regular portable toilets will do the trick, you may want to provide something nicer for guests to use to mimic the homey feel of a neighborhood party. (And depending on neighborhood ordinances and owner association rules, standard units may not be allowed anyways.) Instead, check out these great alternatives:

Elite Units

A step up from regular portable toilets, Elite Units have more spacious interiors as well as features like foot pump flushable toilets and fresh water sinks. Additionally, they come stocked with supplies like soap and hand towels to use. They also have handy extras like mirrors, shelves, coat hooks, and hand sanitizer. These additional items make the Elite Unit visually inviting, highly accommodating, and a great choice for neighborhood parties.

Luxury Restroom Trailers

Luxury portable toilet trailers take portable restrooms to a whole new level. With large, climate-controlled interiors, they can be used year-round in all weather to give guests a luxurious place to use the restroom. In fact, these trailers are so nice that they are the top choice for weddings, black tie fundraisers, and other fancy events.

Restroom trailers have functional amenities like flushing toilets, sinks with hot/cold water, and well-lit interiors. However, their amenities don’t end there! Depending on the trailer, they can also have wooden cabinetry, wide vanities, large mirrors, hanging wall art, accent rugs, faux flowers, and exterior lighting.

They are also available in many different configurations to suit events of various sizes. With everything from 2-stall to 10-stall options, they can accommodate parties for up to 1,000 attendees, which means your neighborhood party will be a breeze.

Handwashing Stations

This is an often-overlooked accessory, but any party that has food (so basically, every party) can benefit from having a standalone handwashing station! Giving people a convenient place to wash their hands encourages everyone to stay clean. This is especially important for families because it gives parents an opportunity to wash kids’ hands without having to wait in line. The result is a more sanitary gathering, which is crucial when food is being cooked, serviced, and consumed.

Kerkstra Luxury Portable Restroom Service Inc. provides portable restroom service across Michigan and luxury restroom trailers for all of the states surrounding the Great Lakes. Take a look at our mobile restroom trailers and request a quote today!

Potty Like a Rockstar – Tailgating Edition

Do you #PottyLikeARockstar? Well, we do!
In this edition of our Potty Like a Rockstar series, we’ll tell you what you need to know about renting portable restrooms for tailgating functions. Whether your tailgate is school-wide, just between some friends and family, for your whole neighborhood, or a professional event with paid admission, we’ve been a portable toilet supplier for it all! Here are your rental options for this football season:

Porta Potties

Standard portable toilets are great for two things – renting bathrooms on a budget and spacing out restrooms across a wide area. Regular porta johns are a no-frills solution to give tailgaters and party-goers the basics. Equipped with a toilet, urinal, and hand sanitizer pump, these standard units can be strategically placed to give people bathroom options in many different areas, or clustered together to create a giant bank of toilets to minimize lines.

Ensure you’ll have enough porta potties for your tailgate by using our event planning chart.

Depending on the needs of your event, you can also rent elite porta potty units or accessible units to supplement your standard rentals.

Handwashing Stations

Handwashing stations are the most underutilized tailgating element that we typically see. These standalone sinks allow users to wash hands with soap and running water. These are vital to any tailgate because they provide attendees with a way to get hands thoroughly cleaned before indulging in the delicious finger foods like hotdogs, chips, and wings that are a staple of every tailgate.

Hand sanitizer stations are another way to keep tailgaters’ hands clean. While these pumps don’t clean hands in the same way that sinks do, they offer a way to kill bad bacteria on hands quickly. While each porta potty has its own hand sanitizer pump inside, setting up pumps outside bathrooms has a few important benefits:

  • It speeds up lines by offering a place for users to get hands clean after using the bathroom once they’ve exited, which means that they don’t have to take the time to do so in the portable toilet unit itself, freeing it up more quickly for the next user.
  • It uses social pressure to encourage users to clean hands after going to the bathroom. While some people may skip this step inside the privacy of the bathroom, they are less likely to do so out in front of others, especially other people they know.
  • It gives people a place to clean their hands without having to go into the bathroom. This reduces lines and improves sanitization.

Restroom Trailers

Luxury portable toilet trailers are an excellent option for classy tailgates or paid tailgating functions. Give guests something to remember by offering them the best in luxury restrooms. Ticketholders can be reassured that while they’re going to be enjoying pre-game fun, they won’t have to rough it. With climate-controlled interiors, running hot/cold water, and flushing toilets they may even forget that they’re at an outdoor event!

Kerkstra Luxury Portable Restroom Service Inc. provides portable restroom service across Michigan and luxury restroom trailers for all of the states surrounding the Great Lakes. Take a look at our mobile restroom trailers and request a quote today!

How to Position Portable Toilets on Construction Sites

Having a restroom at the jobsite is crucial in the construction industry because workers are often on the job for long hours and not located within walking distance to a public bathroom. Not providing workers with suitable restrooms can result in lost productivity, sanitary concerns, and even fines and lawsuits.

However, simply having portable toilets isn’t enough. The units must be placed in the correct location for workers to take advantage of them safely and conveniently.

These are some factors to consider when choosing where to position them:


It’s easy to forget about convenience when carving out a space for porta potties. A jobsite supervisor may simply allocate some unused space for porta potties to avoid taking up prime real estate where materials, tools, and equipment needs to be. However, units should be located where there is easy access for workers. Providing a location that’s quick to get to from the main action on the jobsite reduces lost time. This convenience can really add up, saving money by increasing worker efficiency.

The right location will not only be close and convenient, but it should also be uncluttered. You don’t want workers having to walk around or over things to get to and from toilets because that can increase the risk of injury or damage to materials and tools.


While portable toilets should be closely located to work being performed to aid in convenience, there should also be some privacy when using them. No one wants to walk into the bathroom to do their business right in the middle of everything that’s going on. Finding a nearby location with some seclusion from trees, bushes, or a building is ideal.

Out of the Way

Entering or exiting a porta john should never put a worker in the way of moving vehicles or other dangers. That means that units should be located out of the way enough that they can be accessed safely. This includes keeping them away from heavy machinery that swings or swivels (like excavators and cranes), which could accidently knock them over.


Placing units inside of blocked off or fenced in areas decreases the risk that other people will use the units when passing by. This is an important step to minimize liability if someone decides to use one of your jobsite porta potties and gets injured. Additionally, it ensures that the unit’s capacity will be reserved solely for your workers, making servicing planning easier.

Level Surface

Saying that a portable toilet should be placed on level-ground sounds like a no-brainer, but on a construction site that can be tricky sometimes. A porta potty should only be placed on level, solid ground that is not close to ground that is being disturbed. Otherwise, as excavating or other earth-moving work is done, the unit can become unstable and tip over. On an active, large-scale construction site, this may require moving the unit often to keep it out of harm’s way.


Keep in mind that units will need to be serviced regularly. They should be placed in a location that is accessible by a portable restroom company vehicle for pumping, cleaning, and restocking.

This doesn’t just apply to units on the ground either. Porta potties on elevated construction sites also need to take servicing requirements into consideration. Portable toilets on rollers or crane rack units should be placed where they can be easily accessed to bring them down for servicing.


For jobsites that are active during all times of the day, placing units in a lit area allows them to be used throughout all shifts. Otherwise, workers won’t be able to see to use them after dark or before sunrise.


Check local and state regulations governing portable toilet requirements to be sure that you’re not missing anything. Some industries will have their own requirements as well and large companies may have organization-wide policies to adhere to also.

Kerkstra Luxury Portable Restroom Service Inc. provides portable restroom service across Michigan and luxury restroom trailers for all of the states surrounding the Great Lakes. Take a look at our mobile restroom trailers and request a quote today!

Potty Like a Rockstar – Wedding Edition

Here at Kerkstra Portable Restrooms, we #PottyLikeARockstar all year long!
In this edition of our Potty Like a Rockstar series, we’re going to be focused on weddings. Whether you’re getting married in the spring, summer, or fall, you can count on Kerkstra to supply your event with quality portable restroom options.

Find out how we can delight your guests to make it a day to remember.

Luxury Restroom Trailers

If you’ve never checked out luxury restrooms from the inside, they can’t be missed. The elegant interiors mimic those found inside dedicated wedding venues like hotels, resorts, and country clubs. The accommodations can include:

  • Climate-controlled interiors
  • Flushing toilets
  • Running hot/cold water
  • Recessed lighting
  • Wooden cabinetry
  • Rugs
  • Faux flowers
  • Hanging wall art
  • Spacious countertops
  • Large mirrors
  • Low-level exterior lighting

Renting luxury restroom trailers for guests will give them all the comforts of the indoors without sacrificing the beauty of the outdoors. With 2-10 stall options available, there are plenty of options to accommodate events of all sizes, ranging from small, family-only gatherings of less than 50 people to large, impressive events of up to 1,000 people.

Many people also choose to rent a separate smaller trailer for the wedding party’s exclusive use. This gives them a separate private space to get ready, get changed into new outfits before the reception, and use the facilities during the event without having to wait in line. This is the ultimate in luxury for the most important attendees at the wedding to ensure that photo shoots will go smoothly.

Accessible Restrooms

Handicapped accessible porta potties are another great addition to any outdoor wedding. These supplement standard portable toilet rentals to provide guests with more spacious restroom accommodations. Accessible units are not only ADA-compliant, they also provide options for families with children. Wide enough to allow a stroller, or multiple family members to enter at once, accessible restrooms are family-friendly for wedding guests of all ages.

Additionally, accessible portable bathrooms give guests in wheelchairs or with walkers plenty of room to enter, turn around, use, and exit. These are an important addition to ensure that all guests, regardless of capabilities, can use the facilities with ease.

Kerkstra Luxury Portable Restroom Service Inc. provides portable restroom service across Michigan and luxury restroom trailers for all of the states surrounding the Great Lakes. Take a look at our mobile restroom trailers and request a quote today!

5 Questions to Ask Portable Toilet Suppliers Before You Rent

Renting a portable toilet? You probably have a lot of questions related to the process!

Rest assured, we’ve heard it all before and we’ve compiled the key questions that you should find the answers to as a part of the research process. These are the most important questions to ask before committing to a portable toilet supplier:

  • Do You Service My Area?

There’s no point in wasting your time discussing logistics if the portable toilet company you’re talking to doesn’t serve your area. The first question you should ask is where the supplier provides rental units. It’s possible that a supplier may service your event even if it’s outside their usual area depending on how big the event is. In most cases, however, you’ll know right away whether the location of your event is a non-starter or if you should continue the conversation.

  • How Many Toilets Will I Need?

You can estimate how many toilets you’ll need using a planning chart, but talking to the experts will give you a firm number of units to plan on renting. A portable restroom supplier may provide a suggested range of toilets to rent for your event, but often they’ll give you a number on the nose.

  • What are My Rental Options?

Once you know how many units you need, a supplier can provide you various options. The most common units to rent are standard units, but you can also consider elite units and luxury trailers as well. These fancier units provide additional amenities for renters that want more elaborate offerings for their events.

  • How Much Will It Cost?

This is usually the first question people ask when renting portable toilets, but it really shouldn’t come up until the basics have been covered. Once you have the specifics regarding service area and number/type of units, you can start discussing numbers. Ensure that you’re comparing apples to apples if you’re researching different companies. Get rental quotes for the same types of units whenever possible as well as relevant information on volume discounts.

  • Do You Recommend Any Upgrades?

With the basics covered, inquire about upgrades. Many times, you can rent additional items like hand sanitizing or handwashing stations to supplement other rentals. For events without a set end-time, adding on high-capacity holding tanks prolongs the usable duration of the units, which makes them a popular add-on. Ask each supplier what else they recommend including in the rental to explore other options as well.

Kerkstra Luxury Portable Restroom Service Inc. provides portable restroom service across Michigan and luxury restroom trailers for all of the states surrounding the Great Lakes. Take a look at our mobile restroom trailers and request a quote today!

How to Choose a Summer Wedding Venue

Finding a venue is one of the hardest parts of planning a wedding! There are so many factors to consider from size and location to aesthetics and amenities. Complicating matters are differing opinions between brides and grooms as well as key family members (especially those that are financing the wedding). But approaching the decision with some strategy in mind can help to make the decision easier.

These are the strategic factors to consider when choosing a summer wedding venue:


The size of a wedding venue is the key limiting factor when it comes to planning a wedding. Obviously, a small venue cannot accommodate a large guest list and a large wedding venue will feel empty with a small guest list, but there are many other nuances in size to consider. Some venues can accommodate more people sitting and eating or dancing or parking but maxing them out puts a strain on other areas like restrooms, access to bartenders, and other areas. While you may be able to bring in your own portable restrooms to accommodate your guests, you may not want to do the work to make your venue to fit your needs.

Inquire not only about a venue’s maximum numbers, but their average numbers. Ask your contact at each venue how events usually run and how many guests they typically serve to clarify your expectations. If possible, ask to see photographs and video from pervious weddings to assess whether the venue will be right for your big day.


Venues that can host both the wedding ceremony and reception are convenient and preferred by guests. If you have a church or other venue in mind for the ceremony, aim to choose a reception venue that’s close. You don’t want to force guests to travel too far between venues because driving is inconvenient and increases the risk of losing directionally challenged guests along the way.

If your ideal venues are a distance apart, consider renting a shuttle or bus to transport people between locations. Providing a travel solution reassures guests and gives them a safe way to travel if they’ve been drinking.


While you may want an ornate indoor venue with columns and crown molding, your fiancé may want a simple outdoor venue on the water. Find a way to compromise on the aesthetics by choosing a venue that checks all the boxes. You can typically dress up outdoor spaces to make them as elegant as you’d like without compromising the beauty of the outdoors. Head to places like Pinterest to find decorative touches that you can use to make your outdoor wedding as special as any indoor wedding you could ever envision.


While traditional wedding venues provide lots of amenities, outdoor venues are catching up quickly. Hiring the right vendors will allow you to outfit your outdoor space with all the same amenities that you’d find indoors. Look online for ideas on how you can incorporate rental items like enclosed tents and luxury restrooms to spruce up your special day.

Kerkstra Luxury Portable Restroom Service Inc. provides portable restroom service across Michigan and luxury restroom trailers for all of the states surrounding the Great Lakes. Take a look at our mobile restroom trailers and request a quote today!