If these sticky hot summer days have you fantasizing about winter or bathing with polar bear clubs, then you may need to consider treating yourself to an outdoor shower kit. Even without being an exhibitionist at heart, or an avid tree-hugger, an outdoor shower can reform the way you experience outdoor living.
There are many occasions where an outdoor shower comes in handy: a quick rinse before hopping in the pool, cleaning the family pet, washing up after a day of gardening or any other form of outdoor labor.
But you don’t have to spend a fortune. An outdoor shower kit can be yours for less than $2,000. They can be easily assembled from start to finish with not much more than a garden hose and a bit of basic plumbing.
Pinpointing the right location
So, if you’re convinced that outdoor showering is for you, then the first thing you want to do is identify whether or not your property is suitable for it. Some properties simply cannot handle the drainage necessary for the installation and maintenance of this type of fixture. Check with your town before purchasing a kit.
Things to keep in mind when choosing the best location:
● Will my fixture be freestanding or connected to my home plumbing?
● Will I need to build an enclosure or walls for privacy?
● Will I receive adequate sunlight?
These and other questions are essential for proper outdoor shower kit installation. And as always, a professional should be consulted if you feel you’ve exceed your expertise. Try a plumber or general contractor depending on the complexity of the job and how much of the work you are willing and capable of completing on your own.
Types of outdoor shower kits
Outdoor shower kits can be purchased from big box home improvement stores. Many of these kits are nearly “ready-to-go” out of the box with minimal work and preparation. These kits are usually limited to the actual shower itself and may include a freestanding or wall-mounted shower panel, without an enclosure. Enclosures are not essential in all spaces, but should be a consideration if you have neighbors close by or need privacy.
Typical enclosures will range from basic wood boxes and one-sided concrete walls to elaborately tiled, glass and stone structures. Your budget (including labor and materials) will go a long way in determining the type of enclosure.
Outdoor shower ideas to motivate and inspire
If you want your outdoor space to be more than just a place to clean up, start by visualizing what the space could be and how you will enjoy it. Think of how you might bring a spa-like experience right into your backyard.
Since many outdoor bathing experiences are found in warmer climates, getaways such as resorts in Hawaii or the Caribbean are great places to look for outdoor shower ideas. With resorts and spas all about pleasing their guests, you can rest assured that shower spaces provide all of the comfort aesthetics you could ask for.
Have you ever visited a resort with an outdoor shower space? What features did you appreciate the most?
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Published : 17 Aug 2014
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