Easy, Inexpensive, and Portable
Park this shower poolside, by the garden, or near an entry where you can hose off the kids before they come inside. Water shoots up through the PVC pipe and out through holes drilled in the top pipe section. The pipe branches serve as handy racks for towels or swim goggles. Casters on the back side of the wooden base let you easily roll the base unit after the shower section has been removed.
Good to Know: Use a black hose to get warmer water. The dark material will soak up the sun's heat and transfer some warmth to the water.
Casual and Convenient
How about a cozy spot just steps away where you can catch an early morning shower or rinse off the dog after a long walk. The 6-foot-high walls ensure privacy, while a drainage pipe under the deck carries gray water—household wastewater from washing, laundry, or bathing—to the landscape. (Be sure to check guidelines in your area for gray-water systems.)
Charming shutters and a window box blend with the home’s cottage style. The basic hot-and-cold shower is simple, but for best results seek the advice or services of a plumber if needed.
Good to Know: Use biodegradable soaps, shampoos, and conditioners in your outdoor shower to keep chemicals out of the runoff gray water.
Crisp white deck stain gives the walls a fresh look.
This handheld showerhead makes cleanup chores easy.
A few handy hooks and a small table keep
Working shutters provide privacy when you need it.
A Little Luxury
Say ahhhhh. This upscale design allows plenty of privacy to shower, dress, and relax in the fresh air and sunshine. Cedar shingles and stone patio flooring provide a rustic but solid base. Using cedar shingles on the shower door gives the exterior a seamless look. For a little more outdoor comfort, cabinets offer easy storage and a bench provides seating.
Pavers set in river rock create a sturdy, nonslip floor. The nickel-finish showerhead and faucet complement the natural look and spacious dimensions make the shower feel like an outdoor room.
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A simple cupboard protects soaps and sundries from the elements.
Good to Know: For a similar look to this home’s existing rock wall, try M-Rock, a lightweight manufactured product that has the appearance of real stone.
Follow these tips to ensure success.
- Plumbing: Before you begin, check your building codes for any restrictions, and consult a plumber if necessary. You may need to tie your shower’s plumbing into a sewage line or set up a gray-water reuse drain, which feeds into a soak hose and sends runoff to a nearby flowerbed.
- Building supplies: Make sure all materials are certified for outdoor use and appropriate for your water source and drainage.
- Privacy: Use screens, plants, or built-in dividers that blend with the design and ensure privacy, especially in more populated settings.
- Accessories: Add shelves and hooks to hold towels, robes, and other accessories. Be sure to use rust-proof stainless steel screws when installing hooks.
*Does not include labor costs or applicable taxes, which vary by market, or the cost of tools.