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Showering Under an Open Sky

Tips and advice for installing your own outdoor shower

Recent trends in outdoor design aim to make areas around your house an extension of the home.

Thus, outdoor kitchens and conversation patio sets that mimic living room furniture are becoming increasingly popular. Piggybacking on this trend, we see homeowners bringing elements of the bathroom outside, in particular the shower.

“Outdoor showers are a great addition to your backyard or cottage,” says Barry Moulsdale, Plumbing Business Leader for Spectrum Brands, parent company of Pfister faucets. “When the Canadian summer hits, there is nothing quite like standing under an open sky while taking a shower.”

When installing an outdoor shower, there are a few things to consider:

  • Think about drainage— The water from your shower needs somewhere to go. Some build a wood enclosure, or use patio or paver stones on top of a crushed stone base. Either is fine; what you don’t want is to be standing in a muddy puddle or patch of grass when you are trying to get clean or rinse off.
  •  Think about privacy — If you are in an urban setting and plan on your outdoor shower being more than just a place to rinse off after getting out of the pool, or you have close neighbours at the cottage, you will want an enclosure for privacy. This can range from a wood hut to a stone and cement bunker, depending on your budget.
  • Think about fixtures — The showerhead matters. A rainfall showerhead is great for an outdoor shower, mimicking rainfall. It is also nice to have a handheld wand, especially if you may be using the shower to clean off your feet after spending time on the beach or in the garden.
  • Think about spoiling yourself — While a regular or rainfall showerhead will do the trick, a shower panel will take your outdoor shower to the next level. In addition to the rainfall showerhead, it has body jets that will massage and relax you.
  • Think about the Canadian winter — Ensure there is an interior water shut off valve on the waterline to your outdoor shower. This will allow you to turn off your water supply and protect pipes against freezing and bursting when temperatures inevitably drop below freezing.

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