Outdoor Shower Style Steps Up

Outdoor showers used to have a pretty universal layout — a surround that often matched the privacy fencing, a straightforward spout and maybe a built in soap dish. Nowadays designers have turned their focus to outdoor showers, playing them off the design of the house with designs that rival the bathrooms indoors. Follow the links in the story to see more of the architecture of these homes.

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Rustic surf shack. Let us start with the basics. This easy outdoor shower adjoining to a 300-square-foot surf shack on Maui, Hawaii, fits in with all the rustic design. The varying fencing article heights give the environment character.

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TMS Architects

New England Shingle style. This outdoor shower stall’s design nods to the Shingle-style design of the oceanfront house in Rye, New Hampshire. The details at the top of the posts match the capitals atop columns onto the house, the curve onto the door plays the gate off to the pool, along with the white tongue-and-groove panels mimic millwork utilized within the house.

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Beachy farm fashion. At this farm style-home on Daniel Island in South Carolina, shutters play a big part in the design. The shower doors are louvered PVC shutters that match the design and colour of the used on the rest of the home’s facade. When they’re open, one can enjoy porcelain tile which looks like reclaimed wood.

Shutter paint: St. Bart’s SW 7614, Sherwin-Williams; doorways: Permex; tile: Boardwalk in Myrtle Beach City, Mediterranea

Slifer Designs

Luxe contemporary hotel. Darting through the yard in a towel or robe may be a part of the outdoor shower fun for some, not too much for others. Some outdoor showers are extensions of indoor bathrooms. A bonus is that this allows for your bathroom to be open to the outdoors while still providing privacy, as you can see in this Hawaiian bathroom. It is just 1 part of a house that’s open to the outdoors.

Bertram Architects

Contemporary minimalism. In very private, protected spots, some love a more open feeling and forgo a closed shower stall. This writer’s cabin is secluded and private, which created the opportunity for an open shower. The smart Pipe shower is well-suited for its modern minimalist layout.

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Playful midcentury modern. An aluminum wall mounted, a reddish bathtub plus a champagne-gold shower panel jazz up the outdoor shower area at this Palm Springs, California, stone.

Gold shower panel: Rozin

Marrokal Design & Remodeling

Casual surfer’s paradise. For users that are serious, it is handy to have room for surfboard storage directly next to the outdoor shower, such as at this house in Solana Beach California. After all, surfboards need a freshwater shower too. This shower also has an unexpected design element supporting the closed shower door, as performers sometimes add — in this scenario, multicolored slate vinyl.

Shor Home

Updated coastal cabin. A great view can be another exhilarating part of the outdoor shower experience. The curves at the top of the surround allow for peeks over the dunes to Cape Cod Bay and match a brand new wall and built in deck chairs in this timeless cabin in Provincetown, Massachusetts.

Ed Leimgardt Contracting Inc..

Rustic-contemporary mix. Tucked under the deck of a house on Ontario’s Georgian Bay, this outdoor shower has a Galvalume surround which brings a modern aspect and defines it in a unique way.

Track hardware: K.N. Crowder

More: Learn how to add an outdoor shower

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