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.
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.
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.
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.
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12 Refreshing Outdoor Shower IdeasSail Away
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.
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.
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.
12 Refreshing Outdoor Shower IdeasPlants Love Showers, Too
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.
12 Refreshing Outdoor Shower IdeasSteps to Good Drainage
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.
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.
12 Refreshing Outdoor Shower IdeasWashing the Blues Away
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.
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.