Is there any greater luxury than bathing outdoors? You don’t need much more than a showerhead and a modest enclosure (ideally one with a view). Click through for inspiration and a list of practical considerations. Photo courtesy of Givone Home. Gallery created by interiors expert
Outdoor showers can be installed on rooftops, balconies, and in small back gardens, even on the facade of your home. Photo courtesy of Klikk.
You need a firm, level surface that can withstand water and foot traffic. Good candidates include decks (even a high rise balcony, if water can drain), lawns, stone patios, stone paths, or gravel driveways. Photo courtesy of Remodelista.
Consider how you intend to use your outdoor shower. To clean dogs and muddy feet? To rinse off after a day at the beach? Or are you lucky enough to live in a warm climate where you might have your daily shower outside? Site the shower for convenience. Photo courtesy of My Domaine: Alexander Desing.
Privacy is key. Your upper balcony might be a great spot (for convenience, views, and sunlight), but your neighbours might not agree.
A sunny area is best, both for the user’s benefit and to prevent mould and rot. Photo courtesy of Remodelista.
Finally, the location must be accessible to plumbing (photo couresty of Remodelista). Outdoor showers can be plumbed with a garden hose or with fixed pipes. Here are three tips for getting your shower setup:
1. Cold water hose plumbing, that involves running a simple garden hose between an outdoor faucet and an outdoor shower fixture. Yes, this means cold showers only. But that may be all you need if you’re using the shower only in hot summer months or to rinse off dogs or sandy feet. Photo courtesy of San Giorgio Hotel, Mykonos.
2. Tap into your home’s hot-water supply for an outdoor shower. Photo courtesy of Brooke Holm.
The easiest way is to have a plumber install an outdoor hot-water faucet next to your existing outdoor (and cold water only) garden faucet. Then you can attach two hoses easily and quickly to the outdoor fixture. Photo courtesy of Remodelista.
Make sure to use heavy-duty hoses. For more durability, consider stainless steel washing-machine hoses. Installation is a breeze with this option, and is less costly than permanent water lines. Photo courtesy of Jean Allsopp.
3. Think about a shower base for the comfort and stability of the person taking a shower. Photo courtesy of Kaali Nagy.
The base should be a water-resistant material that is stable to stand on and permeable for drainage. It can be an existing surface, such as decking or a stone patio. Photo courtesy of Robert Young Architects.
Or, if an outdoor shower is installed in a location with a slippery or uncomfortable surface like gravel you can set a small base on top of the surface.