Outdoor Shower Ideas

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In the hot weather, there is no more cool enjoyment than swimming in your own outdoor pool. But it’s obvious that not all families can afford such luxuries outdoor pool. In addition to that, outdoor shower is the best choice to enjoy a cooldown summer afternoon. They can be both luxuriant and simple, but they are the fabulous additions of your backyard and a wonderful idea to enhance your outdoor experience.

It’s not difficult to build an outdoor bathing paradise that only belongs to you and it won’t take up too much space. Outdoor shower can be installed in the appropriate corner of the backyard wall or fence with some privacy concerns. Besides bringing cool for you, a well-designed outdoor shower can be fully merged together with your backyard landscape.

So please take it seriously. Take a look at the following ideas. No matter what your budget is, you can find your favorite design to make your backyard into the best cool place in the hot summer.

Wash Off In The Great Outdoors

Richard Titus

Outdoor showers have plenty of benefits, especially for people who spend a lot of time outside. If your day of boating, beach combing, or hiking has left you grimy and sweaty, it’s a good idea to wash off before heading inside, if only to spare your white porcelain tub all the sand, grime and dirt from outside.

This outdoor shower to a house in the Hudson Valley by Edward Ira Schachner shows how you can use a small nook in your home’s outside architecture to fit in a shower head. Simply extend the piping from inside so you don’t need to install new ones.

Country-Style Outdoor Shower

Robyn Hogan Home Design

Outside doesn’t have to mean visible to every neighbour… and their neighbours. This outdoor shower stall in classic white wood by Robyn Hogan Home Design gives you all the privacy you need while still letting you shower under a bright blue sky. The outdoor setting lets you use bigger, bolder hardware because you are not so limited by space.

Rustic Outdoor Cabin Shower

BeDe Design

Cabins are definitely more comfortable than camping, but you can still get that camping shower feel by adding an outdoor shower stall to the side of the building. This fun, rustic outdoor shower by BeDe Design features stressed wood, towel hooks, and scrubbing items hanging from the shower head. It can also easily serve as an extra shower for when you bring a few extra guests for the weekend.

Glam Outdoor Shower

Urban Grace Interiors

Are you worried your more glamorous tastes are not compatible with the ruggedness of an outdoor shower? Think again. This beautiful outdoor shower by Urban Grace Interiors uses the bright white of the outside wall to set off a green stool, and heavy curtains provide privacy. Modern jets and temperature control ensures that you get all the same comforts as inside.

Outdoor Shower With Changing Stall

Rob Karosis

Sometimes there are too many people around to change comfortably to take an outdoor shower. If that is the case, add an extra changing stall for everyone’s comfort, as in this natural wood outdoor shower by CRISP Architects. That way, you and your guests can switch from swimming suit to evening-around-the-fire clothes without having to run inside.

Incorporate Greenery

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Since the perk of an outdoor shower is extra time outside, embrace your natural surroundings by incorporating greenery. Showering outdoors surrounded by palm leaves and foliage for days will make you feel like you’re on a tropical vacation—no matter where you actually are.

Bring It Inside

LISA ROMEREIN

This sunlit shower opens onto a private outdoor patio. This indoor/outdoor shower plan is perfect for a house in a region that’s cool in the winter and hot during the summers. Or, you know, just for anyone who prefers to dry off naturally.

Keep It Rustic

DAVID TSAY

Imagine coming home to this stone-walled oasis after a day of wine tasting. Or, you could make it a reality by copying the rustic Tuscan vibes of this dreamy outdoor shower.

Make It Architecturally Unique

THIBAULT JEANSON

The shower in this Kenyan home has us dreaming of the. You may not be able to match that view, but you can take a few notes from the sculptural wall, thatched roof, and high shower head.

Put Them Side by Side

TREVOR TONDRO

Why choose between an indoor and outdoor shower when you can have both at the same time? Only a glass wall separates the indoor shower on the left from the outdoor shower on the right. So you can take couple showers or play musical showers.

Opt for Sleek Lines

WILLIAM ABRANOWICZ

This outdoor shower strikes the perfect balance between rustic roots and modern style. You can actually see the ocean from the shower. Oh, and the sky too, thanks to that oversized skylight. Talk about bringing the outdoors in.

Tropical And Lush

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A verdant setting of tropical trees surrounds a spacious outdoor shower, complete with a deep soaking tub for ultimate relaxation.

Before you make your way from the pool to dinner, a conveniently-placed shower designed by Greenblot Design is backed by a pale stone wall and gives guests a place to rinse off.

A gorgeous tiled wall, dark wood enclosure, and a backdrop of lush greenery gives this spacious outdoor shower the serenity of a spa.

Modern Scandinavian Design

Eric Striffler

A spacious outdoor shower by Winter McDermott Design embraces Scandinavian minimalism with a pale wood enclosure and varied, wood-planked floors. A complementary stool is topped with a plant and shower-essentials.

Western Vibes

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This petite outdoor shower blends in perfectly with the home’s exterior, complete with a bench for drying off in the hot summer sun.

Palm Springs Oasis

Trevor Tondro

This Palm Springs oasis features a bounty of indoor-outdoor amenities. On the patio near the master bedroom, the outdoor shower head is by Grohe, and the artwork is by Paulden Evans.

The copper tub in the master bath is by Waterworks, and the hanging lanterns, antique carved teak facade, and carved marble panel are Indian. This Bali-inspired Malibu home was designed by Martyn Lawrence Bullard.

A Theme That Mirrors its Surroundings

As you think about your design, consider the surroundings.

“Go a little theme-oriented in your decor,” says Gray-Plaisted.

Seashells lined along the shower’s edge or walkway make sense if you live by the beach. You could also lean an oar or a surfboard nearby to channel your favorite water sports. Are you showering in the mountains? Look for rough-hewn wood accessories (like stools) as part of your decor.

Hold Everything

cabinlife.com

When using an outdoor shower, you want your hands free. Hooks for beach towels and a shelf for toiletries hold everything in this outdoor shower area. Perfect for a lakeside cabin, the shower’s stainless steel fittings offer a lower spigot for rinsing sandy toes, water shoes or beach toys. The wooden stand and floor is made of sustainably harvested eucalyptus.

Heavy Metal

MyCarpentry.com

Corrugated metal sheets and western red cedar posts come together in this shower, designed by My Carpentry.com for DIYers. The plans (available online) include step-by-step instructions for cutting materials and building an outdoor shower enclosure with a poured concrete slab floor that’s covered with tile.

Location, Location, Location

rethinkdesignstudio.com

Make cabin clean-up even easier with an outdoor shower that’s just steps away from the laundry room. Rinse, then take wet suits and towels directly to the washer and dryer. A louvered panel opposite the shower adds a bit of privacy. The hand-held shower head makes it a cinch to rinse off kids and hose down dogs, too.

In Disguise

urrutiadesign.com

For this home in Mill Valley, Calif., a tiled backsplash blends with the color of the Western red cedar shingles while providing a waterproof surface. An open shower like this one is perfect for rinsing off before you jump in the pool or for removing chlorine from your hair and swimsuit. The oversized rainfall showerhead adds to the feeling of luxury.

Beach Living

Jared Kuzia

Massachusetts design firm Vani Sayeed Studios crafted a cozy outdoor shower escape for a Martha’s Vineyard beach home.

Relaxed With Character

Christopher Stark

A relaxed outdoor shower by Molie Malone Interior Design adds a touch of character to a shingle-style house.

A Practical Design

Laura Hull

This simple outdoor shower design by Tim Barber is the perfect way to unwind after a long day.

A stylish, yet simple, outdoor shower in a Vero Beach residence designed by DJDS.

Hawaiin Luxury

Damon Moss

Stone walls and flooring add visual interest to an outdoor shower retreat in a Hawaiian villa. Design by Slifer Designs.

Tropical Oasis

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An outdoor shower featuring lush greenery complemented by a concrete wall and slatted wood flooring make for the perfect tropical escape.

This open-air shower featuring a thatch roof is meant for enjoying sunny days. Design by Suzanne Kasler Interiors.

Just Use It for Rinsing

VICTORIA PEARSON

If you just want a shower to rinse off before coming inside after a beach day, keep it exposed. This SoCal outdoor shower is mounted above a patio facing the beach. Dream of Californication.

Give It a Partial Cover

VICTORIA PEARSON

This shower is open to the outdoors on just one side, so you don’t feel totally on display as you rinse off.

Shipslap Outdoor Shower

T.S. Adams Studio

This cute little shower cubicle by T.S. Adams Studio can easily be added to any home. Just use the same or a similar siding from your house exterior, and run some pipes to the desired showering area. This particular stall could use some hooks for clothes and towels for more practicality, but is otherwise a great use of space and architectural features.

Outdoor Bathroom With Shower And Tub

Sharon Barrett Interiors

Do you sometimes wish you could take a warm bath during a cool summer night, watching the stars above? Well, with this outdoor tub-shower combination by Sharon Barrett Interiors, it’s finally possible. This area is outfitted as a full outdoor bathroom, complete with mirror and bath rug. Just make sure to protect your tub properly from the elements.

Contemporary Tiled Outdoor Shower

Bill Fry Construction

Until now, we’ve seen a lot of showers that melt in the background, usually using the same color and pattern as the home exterior. However, this one design by Bill Fry Construction does things differently: it uses a separate set of tiles to demarcate the shower area. This adds visual interest and actually displays the shower as an architectural feature, rather than a hidden addition.

The vintage look for bathrooms isn’t limited to indoor spaces. A vintage rain shower sets this large outdoor shower, by Upscale Construction, apart from others. The matte black hardware contrasts the light grey teak flooring and siding, but keeps everything monochromatic: a harmonious choice. A bench just out of the shower range keeps your towel and clothes dry.

Mediterranean Outdoor Shower

 

Kathryn Shaffer

The tuscan tile truly sets this outdoor shower by Kathryn Shaffer apart from others. The tiling serves as a gorgeous architectural feature for the house’s exterior and uses traditional Mediterranean colors like yellow and blue. If you had that attached to your home, wouldn’t you want to take your shower outside every day?

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