Enhance Your Life With an Outdoor Shower
After a weekend of plumbing, site work, and carpentry, you can wash up in your handiwork.
Synopsis: An outdoor shower not only lets you leave the dirt outside after a day’s work, but it can get your day off to a great start. For those reasons, consulting editor Brian Pontolilo uses his own outdoor shower frequently. In this article, he introduces some factors to consider in designing an outdoor shower, and he discusses the plumbing essentials that every outdoor shower needs.
After four years of remodeling my house, I’m starting to tackle the punch list. It’s easy to look back and criticize my decisions, to wonder what I might do differently if I ever remodel a house again. One thing I’m certain I would not change is my outdoor shower. This project cost under $1000—which could have been less had I done the plumbing myself—and added invaluable convenience and joy to my life. When I’m covered in dirt after a long day of work, I can now leave it all outside. And walking out to shower in the morning, where I can hear songbirds and watch the sun rise, sets the right tone for my day. Here’s what you need to know to get the plumbing and site work right, as well as some inspiration for your own outdoor shower.
Captured on all sides by sandy beaches, and inhabited largely by vacationers, Cape Cod and Martha’s Vineyard have a high ratio of outdoor showers to households. Mark Hutker, FAIA, an architect with offices on the Vineyard and the Cape, has been designing outdoor showers as part of his homes for decades. His projects are not only inspired, but they offer practical lessons.
If the shower is to be placed against the house, Mark recommends a sunlit location and avoiding the house’s inside corners. This will provide plenty of…