An Outdoor Shower is More Practical Than You May Think
The outdoor shower tends to be the luxury item encountered at tropical resorts or found by the beach to wash away the saltwater after a refreshing swim. But there’s absolutely no reason why you can’t reap the benefits of outdoor showering in your own backyard. Best of all, the cost of installing one could be far more reasonable than you think.
So why exactly would you want an outdoor shower when there’s a perfect indoor bathroom if not to increase the extravagance of a home?
The open air shower is actually a highly practical addition with many great uses. Let’s take a closer look:
The Benefits of Outdoor Showers
The outdoor shower is the perfect addition for any family who enjoys time outdoors. Of course, it’s not necessary for every home, but a well placed shower in the backyard or garden can have far-reaching benefits with a heavy focus on keeping your home clean. Here are some advantages of showering outdoors:
- Cleaning pets outside saves muddy footprints and fur from messing the home
- The ability to rinse off sand following family trips to the beach
- Washing away dirt from time spent gardening
- Keeping the kids from trotting dirt and grime into the home.
- Rinsing off sweat after a strenuous run or workout
- Washing off chlorine after a swim in the pool
- Bringing those desirable resort-style vibes into your everyday living
- Helps guests keep your holiday rental clean
Depending on its intended use, the outdoor shower may or may not require privacy, but of course, it’s up to you, and the intended use and designs for the outdoor space will be defined by budget.
Cost of an Outdoor Shower Space
The outdoor shower cost can be divided into three main areas:
- The shower head and fixtures
- The floor and landscaping
- The plumbing materials and labour costs
The total cost of your setup could vary considerably, whether you’re chasing a dedicated outdoor shower nook for privacy or just a shower head mounted to the wall of an outdoor space.
The dedicated nook with a modern design could cost between $1000 and $2000 in materials, including the shower head, pavers, timber and drains. The costs will then escalate depending on the scope of the work and trades required to make the installation and landscaping happen.
Having a basic outdoor shower installed on the exterior deck or at the side of a home could be a far more affordable option. The essential parts can be purchased for anywhere from $100 to $500 depending on the quality and brand name of the desired fixtures.
A plumber is still required to connect the outdoor shower to a home’s water supply. The costs of an install will always depend on factors including location and whether you plan to use cold water only or want access to hot water for outdoor showers.
One cool cost saving hack is to have the shower head fixed to the wall adjacent to the bathroom or by the hot water system. This way, the pipework can be kept to a bare minimum by leveraging off the existing plumbing.
Stainless steel is the best material for outdoor fixtures, but it is more expensive than the alternatives. Consider chrome plated or copper/brass fixtures as an alternative to ensure longevity.
Outdoor Shower Space Requirements
Drainage can be a crucial factor as showers produce large quantities of water, and it all needs to go somewhere. Having the water soaking into the lawn or garden can be a great exercise in water saving but ultimately, speak with a professional plumber about building the outdoor shower and check with the local council for any pressing guidelines.
Some Australian states, such as Queensland, require tempered water showers to be fitted with a roof and grated drain that leads to the sewer. Tempered water is the combination of hot and cold water. Should you stick with cool water, than it’s acceptable for it to run off into the stormwater grate.
Every council has its own guidelines, so you should speak to an expert before commencing work or making any pricey purchases.
Outdoor Shower Ideas
An outdoor shower is the perfect way to complement an outdoors lifestyle and help clean off before coming inside. Pinterest and Instagram provide some of the best outdoor shower ideas and visual inspiration to help you get the styling down-pat.
There’s an outdoor shower to suit every home, whether a beach house or rural property with a country style.
Lush greenery with shrubs, gardens and a privacy screen work in unison for a desirable modern style, while materials including timber slats and rendered walls are ideal for a minimalist outdoor shower.
Once you’re inspired, call Metropolitan Plumbing to explore the wonderful world of outdoor showers. We can have a licensed, fully qualified plumber connect the shower to a home’s water supply and advise on what’s required for your area.
Call us today on 1300 367 333 or request a call back online.
Published: 9 Mar, 2022