Outdoor Shower Inspiration
Fun and functional, outdoor showers keep sand at bay.
Design pros recommend harmonizing a stand-alone shower with your home. “These showers are best when they look like a part of their site and take advantage of surrounding views,” says Ethan Fierro in his book The Outdoor Shower: Creative Design Ideas for Backyard Living, from the Functional to the Fantastic (Storey, 2006).
• Fill perforated storage containers with loofahs, back brushes, and sea sponges. Keep some aloe vera gel on hand, too, for post-shower soothing.
• Buy eco-friendly soaps and shampoos for a luxurious scrub that won’t harm vegetation and wildlife or clog drains.
• Control water runoff. Cover the floor with rocks, bricks, or stones. If the shower is elevated, make sure water drains through floorboards onto sandy or quick-draining soil.
• An outdoor shower may tax your hot-water system, so consider updating the system before installation.
• 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.
• Use a trellis to define the space around a wall-mounted fixture. Plant a climbing vine to create an aromatherapy session for bathers.
• Mount boat cleats or hooks to hold wet bathing suits, robes, and towels.
• Build a bench box for extra storage and seating.