Installing an outdoor shower on your own might seem like a daunting task, yet when the steps are laid out, it becomes feasible. Perhaps you will be using it to complement a swimming pool, or maybe you live in a warmer climate and the thought of showering outdoors is inviting. Whatever the use, you will want to be sure it's tailored to your needs. Below are some basic steps to adding an outdoor shower to your home.
Location, Location, Location
The best location for an outdoor shower is adjacent to a wall that already contains plumbing. For instance, next to a wall that has a bathroom or even by a garage that has a sink are great options for an outdoor shower. Although you do not need to have it next to existing plumbing, your job and the plumber's job will be much easier if existing plumbing is close by. Your pocketbook will also take less of a beating if you use an existing plumbing system. Once you find a spot you find suitable, you will need a plumber to connect the hot and cold water pipes.
If you don't want to place a shower against the home, you could take advantage of a tree in your yard. Doing it this way may eliminate the use of your water hose, and you would need to add another spigot. This option will also eliminate the need to place concrete for water run off. You will need to select a spot with a slight grade for run off and the plants will appreciate the extra water.
The type of privacy screen you use is completely up to you. You can use wood fencing, bamboo screens, or even get a little creative and spruce it up by laying glass blocks around the perimeter. You can even build a privacy screen using bushes and trees.
How much privacy do you think you will need? If you are simply rinsing off after being in the pool, you may need nothing more than a shelf or a rack as a towel holder. Consider the amount of privacy you will need, your skill level, and your budget when deciding upon an enclosure type.
Concrete Slab or Post for Shower Head
You can either plot out the area for your concrete slab or if you are taking advantage of a tree, you can place a two-by-four to hold your shower head. If you decide to pour a concrete slab, excavate the area to be 8 feet deep and use one-by-four feet boards to hold the wet concrete in place while it forms. Work the concrete until it is smooth or to the desired texture, you may even want to add your initials and a date, then let it cure for several hours.
If you are simply using the hose, you can create a stand with a two-by-four and attach the hose to the top. If you want it to look a little more natural, simply wrap the hose around a tree branch and find a spot for the shower head to poke through.
After finishing your shower, step back and admire your handy work. You will love the convenience of it for months and hopefully years to come.