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12 Refreshing Outdoor Showers

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Pools and lakes are great, but for everyday summertime refreshment, nothing beats an outdoor shower. Whether it’s a quick spritz on the backyard lawn or an au naturel sudsing in the privacy of your open-air bathing booth, an outdoor shower is a delight. Grab your loofah and check out our slideshow featuring bathing beauties that cost from $100 to thousands.

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This airy shower features walls made of salvaged building materials. Old hemlock lumber from a farmyard pen forms slatted walls that encourage air circulation and a breezy feel. Carefully sized flagstone fits between the slats to make convenient shelves.


Credit: earth inc, photo by Brenda Liu/A-Frame Inc.

Image: earth inc, photo by Brenda Liu/A-Frame Inc.
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  • This airy shower features walls made of salvaged building materials. Old hemlock lumber from a farmyard pen forms slatted walls that encourage air circulation and a breezy feel. Carefully sized flagstone fits between the slats to make convenient shelves.


    Credit: earth inc, photo by Brenda Liu/A-Frame Inc.

  • A host of tasty elements come together in this eye-candy outdoor shower in southern California. Stone tile, natural rock, and stucco give architectural snap. On the practical side, a foot shower (operated by a diverter) washes tootsies, and runoff waters a carpet of grass at the shower’s entryway.


    Credit: Adams Design Associates, Solana Beach, CA

  • This clever design features a cantilevered basin that spills water over its side. A concrete dish serves as the shower floor; you could capture runoff as part of a passive greywater system to use for watering plants. This open-air setup works best if you don’t have astronomy-loving neighbors with telescopes.


    Credit: Woolsey Studio

  • Privacy screens are essential to a relaxed outdoor lavation. This one was made from recycled materials — the high-strength, high-tech, waterproof sail of a racing yacht. A little opening at ankle height improves air circulation without revealing too much.


    Credit: Safari Cornwall

  • If you like saving energy, a solar-heated outdoor shower can help. Positioning a solar collector (under the clear slanted panel) next to the shower feeds solar-heated hot water right to your outdoor oasis.


    Credit: StevenMattern.com

  • Nooks and corners with pre-existing spigots are good locations for outdoor showers. You can build your own privacy screen in a couple of days. Use pressure-treated lumber for floor joists, and make sure the flooring slopes away from your house ¼ inch per foot to protect your foundation and siding from excessive moisture.


    Credit: Just*Grand blog

  • Make your outdoor shower cheery by surrounding it with summery annual and perennial flowers that love the humidity and excess water from your outdoor shower. Hook up a hose so you can spritz flowers while you luxuriate in your outdoor haven.


    Credit: Loretta Feeney

  • Looking like mushrooms from Mars, these decorative-yet-functional, cup-shaped wall ornaments ($30 for a set of 3) also serve as functional storage solutions for towels, bathrobes, and scrub brushes.


    Credit: photo by Gold Leaf Design | Wall Play Ornament available at Flora Grubb

  • An outdoor shower floor needs a solid, comfortable walking surface, such as these large pieces of cut slate, and a drainage bed. Gravel in a 4- to 6-inch-deep trench keeps water from pooling around your toes.


    Credit: Chateau & Bungalow

  • Distilled to its essence, an outdoor shower has 1) shower plumbing and 2) plenty of outdoors. This cantilevered version jutting out toward a Washington state landscape has it all — which means not much to distract from the experience. Pipe insulation and frost-proof valves keep plumbing pipes from freezing.


    Credit: Anderson Anderson Architecture, photo by John Clark

  • Handy to a backyard swimming pool and the rear entry of a California house, this outdoor shower is ready to rinse off swimmers before they go inside. The hand-held shower head is great for rinsing feet. A Moroccan-inspired tile design compliments the blue of the entry door.

    Credit: Kathy Shaffer

  • Hey, you’re not the only one who gets to shower outdoors in the buff. Your best friend likes a cooling fresh-air spritz, too. Pamper your pet with his own outdoor shower and you’ll have one of the coolest — and cleanest — doggies in the hood.


    Credit: Content in a Cottage blog

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