16 tips to create the perfect outdoor shower
|Australians love outdoor living. And why wouldn’t we when our climate is so glorious for most of the year. We have outdoor kitchens, living and dining rooms, so why not continue the trend with an outdoor shower?
An outdoor shower can not only bring a beach feel to your backyard, it’s ideal for rinsing off chlorinated or salty pool water without having to go indoors. It’s also a good way to clean up after mowing or gardening without walking mud through the house.
Setting up an outdoor shower can be as simple as rigging up a shower head with a hose attachment to a wall, adding a tub underneath to collect the water and turning on the tap. At the other end of the scale, it’s also possible to go high tech by plumbing in hot and cold water pipes and drainage.
Then there’s the issue of privacy. Unless you live on acreage, it’s probably a good idea to keep your cossie on or plant some shrubs to create a privacy screen.
Make sure the tapware is designed for outdoor use so it can withstand constant exposure to the elements. Some manufacturers make tapware and shower fittings specifically for outdoor use, including uncoated bare brass, which will become more attractive with age as verdigris changes its colour to moss green.
The English Tapware Company sells Perrin & Rowe outdoor showers, which are used in luxury holiday spots around the world, including Dolphin Island Resort Fiji, and Sandy Lane Resort & Spa in Barbados. Other Aussie companies include Rainware Outdoor Showers, OMG Outdoor Showers and Aquapole Shower Systems. You can even buy a solar heated outdoor shower from Bunnings.
Here’s how to create the perfect outdoor shower: