Dream House Checklist: Outdoor Showers

Dream House Checklist: Outdoor Showers

Now that the heat has settled in for our part of the world, anything cool is top of mind. With all the time we spend in the pool, I think about what would make things easier when I’m cleaning up. At the top of my list: an outdoor shower.

When I first began going to the Round Top Antiques Fair, probably in the mid 1990’s (!), I worked for a group of home furnishings stores that focused on furnishings for ranch and lake houses (we are in Texas, after all). I had to convince my boss that it was a good idea to even go in the first place. Having been to Brimfield a couple of times, more than once he walked me around to point out all the pieces that were still in the store(s) and had not sold from those trips. I ignored that. It took some pursuading, but I finally convinced him that it would be a much less expensive trip that would help elevate the stores with new one-of-a-kind finds.

So that fall, we were off, crew in tow, including our lovable & entertaining warehouse worker Jose Romero driving a 25 foot Penske truck. A couple of fraternity brothers of my boss jointly owned a farm outside Warrenton called The Phil’s, aptly named since they were both Phil. They bought it as single guys, and had done much entertaining there, according to lore. By then however, both were married with families & the farm didn’t get a lot of use. The house itself was charming – all shiplap pre-Joanna Gaines – & the property was lovely & included a small tank. But the best part was the outdoor shower. I don’t think I ever got a picture, but it wasn’t fancy, & certainly not luxurious. Coming in after a hot sweaty day of picking through fields and loading trucks, everyone was ready to clean up. With only 2 bathrooms indoors, the outdoor shower got it’s share of use. There was just something a little liberating about showering outside – even though it was totally enclosed.

Since then, having an outdoor shower has been on my checklist. To be able to shower off after a swim without trudging through the house, dripping, and throw on a coverup & relax while your hair dries sounds totally dreamy!


photo: apartmenttherapy

I love how lush this one is with the plants and flowers. It combines different architectural elements that make it appealing, too – wood, rock, brick, tile. It’s open while still offering privacy, & has a little bit of a spa feel!


photo: fbcdn-sphotos-f-a.akamail

Even more spa-like, this is perfect with a stone exterior. I love the waterfall showerhead along with the built in fountain feature. The big gap in the door concerns me a bit, however. I just want to shower in the elements, not offer anyone a show!


photo: Architectural Digest

This one featured in Architectural Digest is gorgeous, with it’s terraced stone wall and waterfall showerhead. It might be best suited for a bigger property where the shower could be located away from people, for the most part. Unless everyone who uses it like being an exhibitionist. Then it works fine anywhere.


photo: Traditional Home

I love the door on this one, & how seamlessly it is incorporated into the brick exterior of the home. Pretty AND practical, & probably not a huge expense to add.


photo: mcalpinetankerslyblog.com

I am a huge fan of anything McAlpine Tankersly. I’m guessing this is a beach house, but the concept is easy to incorporate in any design. We don’t see the interior, but the wood plank wall is simple and pretty. The terry shower curtain keeps low maintenance and serves the purpose.


photo: designchic

I love this one with the painted shutter doors and tiled wall. Again, blends easily with the exterior & is so practical. You could play with the colors, but here the blue looks fresh and natural.


photo: dustjacket-attic.com

This has a little more farmhouse look because of the wood siding, but the concept translates to any architectural style. Plus it’s a real restroom, too, so kind of a mini cabana minus the lodging. I wonder if it’s just the most practical place for hats, or there is some tradition going on here that we don’t know about??


photo: quitecontinental.tumblr.com

This shower isn’t particularly spacious, but I like that it’s simple in it’s use of all one material. And I’m sure from a cost perspective, very easy, & obviously you wouldn’t need a large amount of space to add it if it wasn’t built in initially.


photo: theuglybarn.blogspot

The curtains could be a little unweildy, I think, but the look is pretty, & so are the colors they chose here. And again, no fuss, lots of practicality, & probably not pricey at all. As long as no one has a view from the other side of the slats on the back side, you are good.


photo: uniformdesign.us

Back to the outdoor spa concept! Really, I don’t think I would ever take a shower inside with this available if I could help it! So beautiful.

What are your thoughts? Would you use an outdoor shower, & if so, what elements would you want it to have?










Libby Haynes