You can have your very own outdoor shower at home, to wash away sand and grime after a swim or just to feel close to nature. Showering alfresco in the outdoors can be exhilarating and there are many designs and styles of outdoor showers that you can choose from.
For people who live in large isolated homes, where there is no question of nosy neighbors peeking through, privacy is not a problem. But you will require some sort of privacy screens or doors in your outdoor shower if you have neighbors living close by.
Design Ideas for Outdoor Shower
Designs, plans of outdoor showers should not be like indoor walk-in shower enclosures. The designs should blend perfectly with the landscape and not stand out like a sore thumb. It is best to keep them simple and use natural materials that work well with your garden or backyard. Use pebbles, slate, stones, bamboo and wood instead of aluminum, tiles, steel.
Wooden Enclosed Shower
One of the best yet simple outdoor shower designs is to opt for a shower that is constructed out of redwood. A rectangular enclosed redwood shower with a partially open roof, provides the right amount of privacy. The shower stall can be as big or small as you want, with stainless steel hooks installed for hanging clothes.
Construct a lattice roof and install this over your shower enclosure. A medium-sized outdoor teak towel rack or a teak shower bench, placed inside the shower stall would perfectly complement this rustic and simple shower design.
Open Outdoor Shower
Another good outdoor shower design is to construct an open shower with a backsplash of slate and a protruding side wall of rounded river stones. This is a very natural looking shower design and is great for people who live in beach houses.
However, this particular design of outdoor shower does not provide any privacy and as such is suitable for people who have large properties without any neighbors living in close proximity. You can also use natural pebbles on the walls to give it a completely natural look.
Glass Block Shower
There are many design options of outdoor showers for people who desire to have a bit of privacy while taking a bath outdoors. Glass block showers work very well outdoors, as glass blocks are sturdy and low maintenance. Install a shower stall made of clear glass blocks or colored glass blocks.
Although, glass blocks are not natural material, they still provide excellent privacy. You can also install aluminum screens that have translucent marbles suspended on it, to create a stained glass effect.
Brick Wall Shower
If you have less fund and want an outdoor shower, simple and cost-effective, a brick wall shower is what you need. Construct a rectangular shower enclosure with bricks with an open roof. The outdoor showers are easy to construct, and of low maintenance. To help it mix with the landscape, you can get a border around the shower with pebbles or river rocks.
These were some ideas for designing an outdoor shower. If you are on a budget and require a shower enclosure that is cheap, then just affix a curved curtain rod on the wall and hang waterproof custom shower curtains on it. The curtain can be drawn when the shower is not in use.
Plans for an outdoor shower should be made in consultation with plumbers, as proper drainage as well as supply of hot water are basic requirements. The material used for the construction of outdoor showers should be resistant to mildew and rotting and should also be easy to maintain.