Creating an Outdoor Shower on the Patio
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Continuing with the outdoor room theme…..Get a little closer to nature this summer with an outdoor shower!
I’ve always wanted an outdoor shower, alas, the perfect location has eluded me. Maybe you’ll have better luck.
(For the products, sources and pricing of items featured in my interior design storyboards, see below.)
Outdoor Shower Design Considerations
Building Materials & Products
Use materials for your shower deck that are resistant to mold, mildew and rot. (Teak or Brazilian Walnut [Ipe]) Outdoor shower fixtures and accessories must also be able to stand up to the elements. Think stainless steel, brass, galvanized.
Help your outdoor shower to blend into the surrounding landscape. Build a border with river rocks or beach pebbles. Or if you use deck tiles for your shower deck, leave the odd tile out and fill the voids with those same river rocks.
Don’t forget important functional and decorative accessories. Roll your fluffy towels up and keep them close at hand in a planter pot holder.
The Prince Aha Stool from DesignWithinReach provides a spot to sit while drying off, but with its removable lid it’s also a great place to stash and store soaps and shampoos.
Give your towel a place to dry with wall hooks.
For those who like to shave in the shower a mirror is a must.
The water must go somewhere – be sure to select a location with a slight incline away from your house. Slats between your deck tiles will naturally provide drainage.
If the earth surrounding your outdoor shower is less forgiving, encouraging proper water drainage could require taking a more elaborate route. For more information about drainage I’ll turn you over to Bob Vila and Residential Architect Online.
Just because you like to shower outside, it doesn’t mean you’re an exhibitionist (or maybe it does). If you’re at all interested in protecting your dignity, you’ll want a shower enclosure of some description. A privacy screen will do the job of keeping any Peeping Toms from seeing anything you don’t wish them to.
A cold water outdoor shower may appeal to some – for others, if the plan is to actually linger under the flow of water, a hot water source will be a necessity. There are various options available for including hot water in your outdoor showering experience.
Connecting into the plumbing of your home’s existing hot water system should be left to a professional, however there are DIY solar water heating options such as this one courtesy of HGTV.
Environmental consideration must be given to the soaps, shampoos and conditioners that you use in your outdoor shower. Thank you to greenlagirl for pointing me in the right direction for EO eco-friendly personal care products.
Municipal Regulations / By-laws
Before proceeding with an outdoor shower project, make sure you check with your local building department to see if there are any specific bylaws pertaining to construction, design or drainage.
The Outdoor Shower: Creative Design Ideas for Backyard Living, from the Functional to the Fantastic
Products & Sources
- Economy Exposed Outdoor Shower Kit w/Foot Shower from Signature Hardware
- Enger Mirror $4.99
- EO Shampoo, Conditioner, Body Wash (see individual items for pricing)
- Blecka Wall Hooks $4.99
- Home Wood Privacy Fence $109.99 – look for it under ‘All Outdoor Decor’ at Target.com
- Contemporary 6-pc Terry Towel Set $24.99 – Target.com
- Holder for Rolled Up Towels $9.99
- Deck Tiles (see individual items for pricing)
- River Rock or Beach Pebbles
- Prince Aha Stool – DesignWithinReach $110.00
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