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An outdoor shower can be a great asset to your outdoor space and your lifestyle. Use the outdoor shower to wash away the sand after a surf or the chlorine after a dip in the pool. Or simply, use it as an outdoor bathroom when the weather is warm.

Tips for planning an outdoor shower

An outdoor shower can be as basic as tapware and a shower head installed on a back wall of the house or something more elaborate and integrated into your outdoor space. If you’re planning to install an outdoor shower in your garden, here are our top tips:

1. Choose a style that suits your setting

When deciding on a design for your outdoor shower, consider your surrounding garden and the architecture. A well-designed shower is integrated into the outdoor space and has a similar look. A simple way to seamlessly connect this feature is to pick up on some of the finishes or colours of the home. For example, you may choose to surround your shower with a wall using stone that features in the architecture or lay the same tiles that surround your pool.

You may also want your outdoor shower to marry well with the style of garden. A Balinese style shower will work well in a tropical garden setting. Whereas a more streamlined design with traditional tapware would suit a classic garden.

2. Consider the environmental impact

Poolside outdoor shower by Harrison's Landscaping featuring Eco Outdoor Howqua™ walling
Poolside outdoor shower by Harrison’s Landscaping featuring Eco Outdoor Howqua® walling

As with anything outdoors, taking into account the environmental impact on your outdoor shower is essential if you want it to last. If you live in a coastal area, for example, you’ll need to consider the impact of the salty sea air on the showers componentry. Install unsuitable fixtures and you’re likely to experience rust and corrosion.

Key factors to consider when choosing between the finishes of your fixtures such as copper, chrome and powder-coated steel include rain, wind, dust, dirt and UV .

3. Select the right location

Establishing the right location for your outdoor shower will greatly depend on how you wish to use it. If it’s for washing off after a trip to the beach, you’ll want to position your shower near the entrance to your property or house. Installing the shower close to your pool is ideal or near direct access to the house if you’re wanting to create an outdoor bathroom.

It’s also worth considering the sun exposure of your chosen location. Installing a shower in a place that lacks sunlight may not be as appealing as one drenched in sunshine as it will make for a very chilly wash.

4. Consider the plumbing and drainage

Having access to existing plumbing will make installing an outdoor shower relatively easy and cost-effective. For those who are looking to create an outdoor bathroom, hot water may be on your list of requirements. You’ll also need to ensure there is adequate drainage. This may require creating a gentle fall, using a permeable surface or installing a drain. For those who are looking for a shower with all the mod-cons, consider your access to power if you want to install lighting.

5. Consider access

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Outdoor shower by Lockyer Architects accessed by Eco Outdoor Bluestone steppers

Walking to an outdoor shower across lawn, gravel or dirt isn’t ideal. Creating a pathway to the shower that is pleasant to walk on and won’t leave you with muddy feet is essential. If you’re wanting to integrate the space into your garden, organically shaped steppers can be effective. Alternatively, you could extend your paving surface or timber decking to your outdoor shower area for a seamless finish.

6. Create adequate privacy

If you’re simply installing an outdoor shower to wash off after a swim, privacy won’t be such a dominating factor. However, if you’re creating an outdoor bathroom, screening the space from the rest of your house and the neighbours will be a high priority.

You can create privacy through greenery as there are plenty of plants that will effectively screen the area. You could also create a frame for a creeper to grow a natural coverage. Alternatively, you can create a solid wall the full height or half the height of your shower space. Just consider the impact of a built structure has on light and airflow.

Feature image: Outdoor shower by Bower Architecture featuring Eco Outdoor Bondi Cotto Zellige™ Tiles