Outdoor showers are a hot home feature these days. This back-to-nature oasis is especially smart for those who live on the coast or near a lake, though it’s also handy for rinsing off a naughty dog or muddy tools after gardening.
Still though, is your outdoor shower as tricked out as it could be? Don’t just lather up and be done with it. Outdoor showers are an addition to your living space, so make the area special, beyond just a utilitarian faucet and shower head, urges Karen Gray-Plaisted of Design Solutions KGP.
1. 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.
2. A pretty pathway
Outdoor shower design starts with the approach, which includes pathway materials. Large slabs of slate with small rocks in between are an easy DIY idea. Or you can make two low walls along a walkway with rocks found on your property. An indoor-outdoor rug on the approach is also a smart option and may prevent slipping.
3. A sweet seat
A low bench or small stool makes bathing easier, whether you’re indoors or out. When you’re shopping, look for weather-resistant materials like cedar or teak, especially if this accessory is inside the enclosure and subject to direct spraying.
4. Hooks to hang on
You’ll need a place to toss your towel and hang up swimsuits, hats, and other clothing. Gray-Plaisted suggests decorative hooks or a bench that complements your shower style.
“Maybe even add a large basket or hamper to collect wet clothes and used towels,” she says. A bench that has a lower shelf is also smart for storing flip-flops and sandy beach toys.
5. Plenty of plants
For plantings here, note the amount of runoff from the shower and look for picks that’ll survive both heavy water use as well as dry periods.
Cassy Aoyagi, president of FormLA Landscaping, recommends fiber-optic grass, yerba mansa, Pacific aster, and seep monkey flower (bonus: Its yellow blooms attract hummingbirds).
“Or try western sword fern and tiger Lily—both can be potted and thrive in shade and with lots of moisture,” Aoyagi adds.
You can also pop a few container pots inside the stall; a bushy green fern or a small hibiscus tree adds a lush spa note. Or hang pots from hooks on the shower walls, like a blooming hanging basket or a small window box.
6. A mirror
A mirror makes sense in this space, as does a shower caddy or tray to corral shampoo, soaps, and a loofah. Indoor shower caddies can be hung outside, or you can install a weatherproof shelf to hold your bath supplies.
7. A little bit of eye candy
Don’t forget the “wow” factor in this outdoor space: A sunburst on the wall or a nearby birdhouse offers whimsy and design in one. Other fun ideas include a collection of colorful, lined-up rain boots, a birdbath, an old kiddie wagon loaded with potted herbs, or a weathered ladder (you can hang towels on it).
8. Music and/or beverages
Make your backyard shower ultradeluxe by wiring your sound system for outdoor use or setting up a small fridge nearby. Cold drinks and fun tunes drive home that this space is geared to help you relax.
9. A broom and dustpan
Alas, your outdoor shower isn’t going to clean itself. You should expect leaves and dirt to blow around inside the stall. To help keep it neat, stash a broom and dustpan nearby, in the garage or an outdoor shed, as well as a bottle of spray cleaner to shine fixtures. And to minimize sand and dirt piling up in the corners, arrange a shallow bin as a foot-rinsing station.
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