Reinvent your backyard
Shower after a swim, hose down the dog or cool off after gardening – an outdoor shower can be a practical addition to any backyard, as D.I.Y. guru Natasha Dickins, of Little Red Industries, discovered. Natasha changed a blank wall and unused space in her northern NSW garden into a resort-style alfresco shower.
Design with purpose
First, Natasha considered how the shower would be used; this dictated its location, plumbing requirements and design.
“Is it for you to use every day as a private shower? In which case you would want it plumbed in hot,” she explains. “Or is it just to wash sand off the kids when they come back from the beach? In which case, position it so you don’t have to trek all through the house to get to it.”
Natasha’s shower is located behind the laundry, which meant tapping into the existing plumbing was possible with the help of a certified plumber.
Room with a view
Natasha considered the outlook and chose not to fully enclose the shower zone. Two decorative Matrix screens are attached to steel posts to ensure privacy, while a natural timber slatted splashback and pebble and paver base give the shower a spa-like feel. The slats are attached to H5 treated pine posts, sealed with an in-ground sealant. Natasha also gave the timber splashback a coat of Bondall Monocel Gold marine varnish.
Style on tap
After extensive research, Natasha chose a standard chrome shower rose, arm and mixer. “They tend to lose their shine over time, but still function efficiently and were more affordable than specialty outdoor fittings. Every so often, I wipe them down and polish the chrome,” she says.
The shower base is lined with pavers over pebbles. Natasha’s tip is to lay them after the shower is installed to ensure the best position under the water, and to seal the pavers to stop build-up of moss and weeds and protect the grout. Another option is a well-sealed, slatted timber platform.
Unsure if you want to go ahead?
Our rundown on why you should consider installing an outdoor shower will help you decide.
Photo credit: Cath Muscat