Once purely utilitarian spaces, these open-air stalls now are being treated as an outdoor design element
Outdoor showers used to have a pretty universal design — a surround that often matched the privacy fence, a simple spout and maybe a built-in soap dish. Today designers have turned their attention to outdoor showers, playing them off the architecture of the home with designs that rival the bathrooms indoors. Follow the links in the story to see more of the architecture of these homes.
Ashley Camper Photography, original photo on Houzz
Rustic surf shack. Let’s begin with the basics. This simple outdoor shower adjacent to a 300-square-foot surf shack on Maui, Hawaii, fits in with the rustic architecture. The varying fence post heights give the surround character.
TMS Architects, original photo on Houzz
New England Shingle style. This outdoor shower stall’s style nods to the Shingle-style architecture of this oceanfront home in Rye, New Hampshire. The details at the top of the posts match the capitals atop columns on the house, the curve on the door plays off the gate to the pool, and the white tongue-and-groove panels mimic millwork used inside the house.
Our Town Plans, original photo on Houzz
Beachy plantation style. At this plantation style-home on Daniel Island in South Carolina, shutters play a big role in the architecture. The shower doors are louvered PVC shutters that match the style and color of those used on the rest of the home’s facade. When they’re open, one can enjoy porcelain tile that looks like reclaimed wood.
Outdoor Shower 4: Slifer Designs, original photo on Houzz
Luxe modern resort. Darting through the yard in a towel or robe can be part of the outdoor shower fun for some, not so much for others. Some outdoor showers are extensions of indoor bathrooms. A bonus is that this allows for the bathroom to be wide open to the outdoors while still providing privacy, as you can see in this Hawaiian bathroom. It’s just one part of a home that’s open to the outdoors.
Bertram Architects, original photo on Houzz
Contemporary minimalism. In very private, protected spots, some enjoy 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 clever Pipe shower is well-suited for the contemporary minimalist design.
www.flippingdiaries.com, original photo on Houzz
Playful midcentury modern. An aluminum wall, a red bathtub and a champagne-gold shower panel jazz up the outdoor shower area at this Palm Springs, California, gem.
Gold shower panel: Rozin
Casual surfer’s paradise. For serious surfers, it’s convenient to have room for surfboard storage right next to the outdoor shower, like at this home in Solana Beach California. After all, surfboards need a freshwater shower too. This shower also has an unexpected design element behind the closed shower door, as designers sometimes add — in this case, multicolored slate tile.
Updated coastal cottage. 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 new wall and built-in deck seating at this classic cottage in Provincetown, Massachusetts.