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Adding an Outdoor Shower to Your Home

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Many homeowners love to spend time outdoors. Pastimes like gardening, swimming in a pool or enjoying athletic activities are great ways to interact with family and friends. Sometimes, though, those outdoor activities can leave you dirty and ready for a shower. If you’re lucky enough to live in a warm climate, an outdoor shower is a great addition to the exterior spaces of your home.

There are several considerations before tackling an outdoor shower installation. Let’s talk about some of these so that your home improvement project comes off without a hitch.

Tip #1: Plumbing

It’s no surprise that plumbing an outdoor shower should be at the top of the list. Plumbing is a make-or-break component of a great outdoor shower and often represents the biggest cost in this project. Try to find an area for your shower that is close to existing water lines. This helps reduce costs associated with running new piping and also reduces the effort needed to hook everything up. Consult with a local plumber for help.

Tip #2: Provide Drainage

To pipe your outdoor shower’s drainage to the sewer system, you’ll need to add a drain. Typically, this means pouring a small slab with a drain outlet in the center. The drain is connected to the sewer. The slab helps keep your feet clean, and the drain keeps water from pooling near the home. Other homeowners have used gravel beds underneath a perforated grate to drain the water away.

Tip #3: Don’t Forget Privacy

If you plan on showering outdoors, you probably won’t want to do it in full view of your neighbors. Typically, an outdoor shower is located behind the home. Think carefully about the placement of your new outdoor shower – you can take advantage of existing walls and landscaping to shield your shower from view. Privacy screens or fencing can be added if needed.

Tip #4: Lighting

Outdoor lighting adds utility to your outdoor shower, giving you the ability to use it day or night. There are many choices for outdoor lighting, from inexpensive string lights or solar-powered accent lights to more expensive hard-wired lighting fixtures. You may need the help of an electrician for this part of the project, especially because water and electricity don’t mix.

Tip #5: Add Utility and Style

Now that your outdoor shower is almost complete, it’s time to dress things up. Think about adding shower caddies for soap and shampoo. Don’t forget towel hooks or towel bars. And, you can add landscaping such as climbing vines or decorative items like tiled walls. Don’t like the look of a concrete drain slab? Add natural stone such as slate or river rock for a dramatic look that you can’t wait to show off to family and friends.

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