An outdoor shower was not on our radar AT ALL until our contractor asked if there’s going to be a shower in the pool bathroom (which will be replacing the downstairs laundry room). There’s only going to be enough room for either a stacked washer and dryer, or a shower, but not both. And so he talked us into adding an outdoor shower, which was not in our original backyard plans. But it did solve our dilemma of having to choose between the two! Also, apparently it’s not that hard to add an outdoor shower if you already have a hose spout plumbed. So we went for it! With the addition of the outdoor shower, the pool bathroom can now include a small washer and dryer set for washing wet suits and towels if we’d like.
Here’s what the space looked like before!
For context, that arched window right there peeks into our primary bathroom, right above the big, seashell bathtub.
I found the perfect exposed shower from Wayfair. We kept the controls super low because it needed to be parallel with the hose hookup and accessed through the crawl space. But there is hot and cold water and it’s just so luxurious to hop in a warm shower after a dip in the pool. Because the controls are so low we actually had to order two showers to give us another extender piece to make it tall enough.
My favorite feature is the handheld shower head attachment, and it makes washing the girls hair a breeze!
In the original outdoor shower inspiration post, there were a lot of showers with climbing vines on stone. Although that would be lovely here, I don’t know how practical it is. There’s obviously not soil to plant it in, and this corner doesn’t get much direct light. Combine that with frequent waterings and I think it’s a bad idea.
The last detail I’m itching to add is a mirror. I think it would be the most unexpected yet functional touch to this outdoor space!
To answer the question I keep getting about the shower… Is there going to be more privacy? Short answer: no.
Long answer: Nobody’s going to be showering in here naked during the day. That’s not really the purpose of it. We created a privacy screen on the left side because that’s the side we have neighbors. We don’t really need the privacy on the right side. It’s also pretty set back from the rest of the yard. Planting a bush in front of the shower is also going to help add a bit of screening!
I set some shampoo and conditioner out on the steps so after a swim, you can hop into the shower with your suit on, get all clean, then head inside and change into some warm pajamas. Obviously once the pool bathroom is in place we’ll be able to drop off all our wet things in there.
Through this archway (which will be gated soon) and in place of that window will be the entrance to the pool bathroom! We don’t really have a timeline on this, and you know we’re not taking on anything new until we get this project punch list checked off! I would say that by the time next summer rolls around we’ll have a functioning, finished pool bathroom!
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