How to design the perfect outdoor shower
Evoking memories of beach-side holidays and balmy summer days, an outdoor shower is not only a luxurious addition to your garden but a smart one too.
Outdoor showers used to be a practical additional mainly seen in coastal homes, but they’ve since grown into covetable additions in all types of houses. While the benefits are obvious if you have a pool, spa or live near the beach, many people are now installing outdoor showers at home as a refreshing way to cool off in the summer or to have a convenient way to clean up after gardening or outdoor activities without traipsing mud indoors. Outdoor showers also offer an extended bathing spot if the indoor one is occupied, and they also make an easy spot to clean up kids.
What should you consider when selecting a location for your outdoor shower?
This really depends on how you intend to use it. If it’s for showering after the beach, you’ll want to position your shower near an entrance to your house. If you have a pool, install it close by.
Another factor to consider is whether your shower will use cold or hot and cold water. If the former, people using it will probably be in bathers and so less privacy will be needed. If the latter, you should choose an area that you can construct screening to make it private.
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What sort of materials do you recommend using for screening?
The sort of materials you use for screening really depends on the style you are trying to create. For something more natural, go green and plant deciduous shrubs and perennials around the shower area. You could also create a frame for a creeper to grow natural coverage.
If you want a more luxurious, private shower with a spa-like feel, you can build a solid wall the full height or half the height of your shower space and this can be built using timber, bamboo, stone or even glass blocks for a contemporary look.
Does my shower need to be made from a special material?
As it will be exposed to the elements, your outdoor shower should be durable and able to stand up to the weather. And when it comes to longevity and performance, nothing trumps marine-grade 316 stainless steel for both the shower and drains thanks to its superior corrosion resistance. Our Vivid Slimline SS Shower Arm and Rose and Wall Mixer are perfect, along with our drains, as they are all made from 316 stainless steel.
When in the process should you consult a plumber?
You should consult a plumber at the beginning of the process, as each state in Australia has different plumbing and drainage regulations. For example, in Queensland, if you have an outdoor shower with hot and cold water, then it must have a roof and there needs to be a grated drain that connects to the sewer for drainage. It’s best to understand all the requirements at the start to avoid having to redesign or rethink your set up.