What to Consider When Installing an Outdoor Shower


Outdoor showers are a great feature to have in San Diego. You can rinse off after the beach, pool, or working in the yard before coming in the house. When I meet with clients about designing their dream backyard, the question of an outdoor shower often comes up. It’s a nice-to-have amenity that doesn’t take up a lot of space. An ideal choice for a coastal home on a smaller lot.

If you are thinking of installing an outdoor shower, here are a few things to consider.

1. Plumbing

This is one of the biggest considerations when choosing where to place an outdoor shower. You’ll need water in your shower and it’s best if you can tap into an existing line. An easy option is to just place your shower on the other side of the kitchen or bathroom. However, if you have your heart set on the freestanding shower of your dreams with both hot and cold water taps, it can still be done with a little more planning and expense. You’ll also need to check in with local city and county regulations which brings us to Point #2.  

2. Drainage

Drainage is a big deal in the coastal cities. Everyone wants to keep the oceans and waterways clean. Several organizations and task forces exist to deal with the issues of pollution and dumping in Southern California. You’ll want to make a call to the city and county to make sure you know what you need to do to avoid any problems with your new shower. There are several different types of drainage options available and knowing what you can and can’t do will allow us to select the best option for your home.

3. Privacy

While your new shower will be going in your yard and is therefore on private property, you’ll also want to think about the intended usage for the shower and how private you want it to be. Some showers consist of little more than a showerhead or handheld nozzle. These are great if you intend to just wash the sand off before going inside to change. Others are fully or partially enclosed to allow for greater privacy from neighbors or other occupants in the home. 

4. Materials

If you have a particular vision in mind for your outdoor shower, be sure to mention it during our consultation. From sleek wooden shower stalls to more creative options that use plants, hedges, tile, corrugated metal, or even a surfboard in the design, your options are practically limitless. You’ll also want to consider your overall budget when selecting materials. 

5. Maintenance 

Just like your yard, your shower will need regular maintenance to extend its lifespan. The more involved your shower, the more care it will need. If you want a simple and low-maintenance option, consider the wall-mounted showerhead. Ideal for rinsing off people and pets, it doesn’t tend to need much upkeep. However, if you want more of a showpiece and don’t mind the upkeep, a fully enclosed shower with decorative tile, stone, or wood might be the right choice. No matter what you choose, we will make sure you know how to keep your new outdoor shower looking its best!  

Are you planning to add an outdoor shower this year? Thinking of doing a full backyard redesign? We can help – just give us a call or send us an email to get started!



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