An outdoor shower is the perfect addition to any Australian home this summer. An outdoor shower not only offers practicality, but it also embodies a lifestyle that celebrates the beauty of the great outdoors. Whether you’re a pool owner, an avid gardener, a fitness enthusiast seeking a post-workout refreshment, or simply someone who cherishes the idea, an outdoor shower might be the perfect addition to your backyard.
Let’s take a look at some of the things you need to consider when adding an outdoor shower, including the benefits, shower designs and planning steps. Moreover, we’ll also touch on the plumbing and maintenance aspects to ensure that your outdoor shower not only becomes a captivating focal point but also a lasting and functional part of your backyard.
Consider your reasons for installing an outdoor shower
An outdoor shower isn’t a small purchase. Before planning to install an outdoor shower, consider your reasons for wanting to do so. Here are some common reasons why people choose to have an outdoor shower installed.
For convenience after a swim in the pool or beach
You’ll find outdoor showers increasingly common in coastal suburbs and we can see why! For homes with pools or located near beaches, an outdoor shower becomes a practical necessity. It allows you to rinse off chlorine, saltwater, or sand before entering the house, keeping your indoor spaces cleaner.
To shower your pets
If you have pets who love to play outdoors or on the beach with you, an outdoor shower simplifies the cleanup process. You can easily rinse off dirt, mud, or sand before allowing them inside.
To get closer to nature
An outdoor shower allows you to bathe while surrounded by nature’s beauty. The sensation of water against your skin, coupled with the sights and sounds of the outdoors, creates a refreshing and invigorating experience for nature enthusiasts.
For post workout
If you’re an active individual who enjoys outdoor activities, an outdoor shower provides a convenient way to rinse off sweat and dirt after a workout, run, or gardening session, preventing tracking mess indoors.
For property value
Adding an outdoor shower can enhance property value by introducing a unique and desirable feature that elevates the overall appeal of your home. It offers a blend of functionality and luxury, appealing to potential buyers seeking a more refreshing and connected outdoor living experience.
Some of the plumbing considerations you need to think about when installing an outdoor shower
Outdoor showers have many benefits. Now that you’ve decided to renovate your backyard to include an outdoor shower, here are some plumbing considerations to think about.
Do you have space for an outdoor shower?
When considering if you have enough space for an outdoor shower. The area in mind should not only accommodate the shower fixture itself but also account for comfortable movement and usage. Factors such as privacy, accessibility to water lines, and proper drainage need to be integrated into the spatial design. Careful planning ensures that the outdoor shower becomes a functional and enjoyable addition to the outdoor space, seamlessly blending relaxation and utility in a well-utilised area.
Do you have the necessary permits and approvals to install an outdoor shower?
In Perth, the need for approval to install an outdoor shower can vary based on several factors, including the local building codes, zoning regulations, property size, and the complexity of the plumbing installation. To determine whether you need approval to install an outdoor shower, we recommend reaching out to your local council or relevant authorities. They can provide you with up-to-date information on the regulations and requirements that apply to your specific situation.
Is installing an outdoor shower drainage system possible?
You’re going to need to consider what to do with the water runoff and considering proper drainage is essential when installing an outdoor shower in your backyard. Without adequate drainage, the water used during showers could pool and create a variety of problems, such as soil erosion, waterlogging, and the potential for standing water to become a breeding ground for insects. Proper drainage ensures that the water from the shower flows away efficiently, preventing damage to your landscaping, potential slips and falls on slippery surfaces, and the accumulation of moisture that could damage nearby structures or encourage mould growth.
What outdoor style are you considering?
What style of outdoor shower are you currently contemplating? Are you leaning towards a wall-mounted design, or perhaps a freestanding one integrated into a screen? Different designs and styles may have different costs and requirements associated to get them installed. Keep in mind the choice of materials as well. While trendy finishes like gold or black might be appealing, they might not withstand outdoor conditions and likely will require frequent replacement, particularly in coastal regions. A practical and durable option for outdoor showers is often 316 stainless steel, known for its durability.
Styles of outdoor showers to consider when installing an outdoor shower
Different styles of outdoor showers each will have different plumbing requirements. Once you’ve got the design down packed, it’s best to chat to your local plumber to ensure the plan is feasible with your backyard. Here are some popular ideas:
Wooden screen outdoor showers
House wall mounted outdoor showers
Enclosed outdoor showers
Freestanding outdoor shower
Deck outdoor shower
Chat to the team at Swan’s Professional Plumbing
Need more advice on outdoor shower installation? Swan’s Professional Plumbing is here to help. We’ve worked on plumbing renovations all throughout Perth and have the expertise to help you bring your vision to life. We also have no call out fees and offer free quotes on all jobs to help you make the right decision for your circumstances. Request a service online or call our friendly team on 1300 634 581.
Installing a basic outdoor shower in your backyard is possible as a DIY project if you have basic plumbing and construction skills. However, for the average person it’s best to involve a plumber when it comes to connecting your outdoor shower to the water lines.
The process of running water to an outdoor shower line generally consists of the following steps.
- First select a water source such as an outdoor hose tap or dedicated water pipe line.
- Gather pipes, connectors, and fittings.
- Plan the route, dig a trench, and lay the pipes in it.
- Install shut-off valves near the source and shower location.
- Connect to the water source using an adapter or dedicated line.
- Then install the shower fixture securely.
- Finally, test for water leaks, backfill the trench and your shower is ready to go!
Remember to always consider consulting a professional plumber if needed.
Yes, you can connect an outdoor shower to a hose, making it a convenient DIY option. However, you won’t be able to have both hot and cold water. You also likely won't be able to conceal the hoses or pipes, making it the least aesthetically pleasing option.