Whether you’re after quick-rinse practicality or a luxurious spot to wash away your cares on a moonlit night, one of these exterior fixtures will do the trick.
We already grow our food outside, cook outside, eat outside, play outside and even sleep outside. So why not shower outside?
There’s something ultra-refreshing and romantic about showering under the hot summer sun or the starry night sky. Similarly, there’s something incredibly practical about rinsing off after a sweaty run or a dirty dig in the garden.
For a little inspiration, here are nine accessories every outdoor shower needs to channel even more of a vacation vibe than ever.
If you just need to rinse off chlorine after a swim, your outdoor shower can be quite basic. For a do-it-yourself permanent project this includes generic supplies like privacy vinyl fence panels and a spray hand shower.
There’s the extreme outdoor enthusiast whose outdoor shower is not a part of the home. It refers to outdoor showers that designed to be getaways, experiences with extravagant landscaping and standalone architecture separate from the home.
If you want to use both hot and cold water, your shower must have a roof and a grated drain that connects to the sewer. Whether you’re rinsing off or thawing out on a crisp evening, good water pressure is always crucial.
Drainage is vital, particularly once you commit to installing hot water. This could be tiles, pavers, sandstone or, if the shower is on a deck, a metal tray underneath.
This is one of the most important considerations. It’s best to choose a spot that you use often. In most cases, anywhere near the back entrance to your home is a good choice, maybe adjacent to the back door or on the back deck.
Privacy is a fairly important consideration; unless you think only swimsuit-clad people will use the outdoor shower. You want the shower to feel private and far from prying eyes, but you also want to keep the natural feeling.
Build in a place for products. Try to design in a niche, ledge or simple shelf for your shampoo and soap. And make sure there’s somewhere to hang your towel and clothes; hooks or knobs are invaluable.
Look for durability. Your outdoor shower should be durable and able to stand up to the weather. Stainless steel, copper and brass are the other excellent choices.
Outdoor showers are a hot home feature these days. This back-to-nature oasis is especially smart for those who live on the coast or near a lake, though it’s also handy for rinsing off a naughty dog or muddy tools after gardening.
And nowadays, showering outdoors is no longer an extravagance reserved for resorts; it’s an experience you can enjoy at home. It enhances your connection with nature and can be an invigorating experience.