Inspiration for the Outdoor Shower

June 6, 2022

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We were not planning on doing an outdoor shower until our contractor asked if there’s going to be a shower in the pool bathroom. There’s only going to be enough room for either a stacked washer and dryer, or a shower, but not both. Lately we’ve been leaning more and more towards washer and dryer for towels and suits so our minds were open to an outdoor shower… and he really talked us into it.

Apparently it’s not that hard to add an outdoor shower if you already have a hose spout already plumbed and so we’re going for it. Right in this little nook next to our bedroom, (just use your imagination) there’s going to be steps that lead down into the shower. It definitely won’t be a naked shower situation but it will be somewhat private with a dividing brick wall with a lattice top, similar to our other brick walls.

They’ve already made so much progress since we made this decision a couple weeks ago!

The moment we decided to move forward with the shower, I took to Pinterest and saved a bunch of images to my outdoor shower board to get the gears turning.

Outdoor Shower Inspiration

Image Source: Ryan Garvin

Yes, we are mounting the shower fixture directly onto the brick and I think it’s going to be stunning. We would especially love to include a hand sprayer attachment like this.

Image Source: CplusC

Naturally patina’d red brick and copper plumbing. Stunning.

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Wouldn’t mind showering in this overgrown, shady oasis.

Image Source: Tasmin Johnson

I’m not saying we’re going to have a sink with the shower, but I’m not saying no to a mirror, especially an organic one like this. I also love seeing the shower mounted on this beautiful stone.

I can see it all coming together and can’t wait to share more!

What do you think?

  1. Nancy Preston says:

    We are in Wilmington, NC & LOVE our outdoor shower. A quick suggestion- it does freeze here. See if your plumber can add a shut off valve & a drainage valve. In the winter, turn off the shower, drain, and insulate!

  2. Shannon Chisholm says:

    We LOVE our outdoor shower! There’s nothing like the peace of showering outdoors. It serves as our family’s primary shower during the summer months (and has for years!). It also gets a ton of use from our guests, both day trippers to our beach town and our overnight guests all choose to shower outside instead of indoors when given the option.

  3. Frannie says:

    We have an outdoor shower in Wilmington :) It is so convenient for after beach days, after working in the yard, and also for washing the dogs! It has hot water and we keep nice shampoo and soap so it is luxurious. Our is private tho, as we actually use it as a shower, not just a place to rinse off. We have towel hooks and a place to put dry clothes. It is wonderful- and our indoor showers stay very clean in the summer.

  4. Dawn says:

    Oooh love it! I want an outdoor shower too.

  5. Camille says:

    Highly recommend hot and cold water with full privacy. Otherwise it will be hardly used. From my experience growing up with a pool. Good luck! It’s going to be awesome at your house this summer!

  6. Sarah says:

    We have long thought about this too, and your inspiration pics are gorgeous, of course. I can’t wait to see how yours turns out. I also have the question about whether you’ll have hot water or just cold? We’re in Austin and could get away with just cold, but if warm is an option without too much construction, that would be nice!

  7. Ellen says:

    I would love an outdoor shower. Just wondering if you will have warm water and if that would be easy to realize (with only having an gardenhose spout as a starting point). Your yard/pool are going to be so beautiful, thank you for sharing.

  8. JL says:

    You may also want to consider transforming one of the windows in your primary bath into french doors for easy access as well, once you begin that project. Can you or Chris give us an update on outdoor kitchen appliances? Hopefully, you won’t have to wait as long for your refrigeration units.

  9. Mollie says:

    Huge fan of outdoor showers! You’ll be taking real ones out there in no time ;). Lauren Liess created an amazing one off her primary a few houses ago.

  10. Hadley Berkowitz says:

    I think you should consider making a shower enclosure for privacy. It’s so convenient to be able to use an outdoor shower in the summer and your girls will love it!

    • Laura says:

      I second this. If it’s enclosed for privacy, you will use this shower more than you think. There is nothing like showering in the sunshine and open air. We’re much further north (NY) and we use ours from late March until Thanksgiving. It gets much more use than any of our indoor showers.

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