Ideas for Outdoor Living

Design your dream patio or porch, check out your favorite pools, or steal an idea for dress up your outdoor space.

Ideas for…Fresh-Air Showers

Fun and functional, outdoor showers keep sand at bay.

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Modern, Wood-Slatted Outdoor Shower Wall
Photo by Jean Allsopp

Use Smart Construction

Treated wood, rust-resistant fixtures, and an outdoor-fabric curtain withstand harsh coastal conditions.

• Choose materials that will survive the elements. Use pressure-treated, painted, or composite lumber; synthetic decking; mildew-resistant fabrics; and rust-resistant fixtures.

• Stash rolled-up towels in a galvanized bucket to warm them in the sun.

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