Our Outdoor Shower is My New Favorite Element of Our Home
There is something about outdoor showers, am I right? I love taking outdoor showers in the summer. They are so much more relaxing somehow.
We have been using our outdoor shower now for the last few weeks! With Mike renovating our upstairs bathroom, we don't have a shower to use anymore. So, Mike finished up our outdoor shower so we could use that for this summer.
Having an outdoor shower has so many benefits. We live 1/4 mile from the beach, so it's nice having a place where we can wash off our feet before going inside.
We also have Kona, and before, we were washing him in the basement sink. We have a large soapstone sink that we would pick him up in, and wash him off there. But, we all know that he would hate that.
I started by looking on Pinterest for inspiration....of course. I really wanted something to juxtapose our cape style home with something a little more modern. Here are some of the inspiration images I used to design our shower.
We were putting this on the side of our home, so when you drive down the road, you would side it. We have a massive rhododendron bush there that adds such a nice pop of color and that wow factor!
I love the look of white showers, but I figured for cleaning and durability, doing a dark charcoal would be best. We decided on pressure treated wood for the base. I decided that they would be horizontally stacked, and Mike made the creative decision to add the staggered panels.
For the flooring, I really wanted to do pebbles. But, that wouldn't be too practical with stepping on them. So, we added in some slate rocks. They are surprisingly soft! I don't think we could have picked a better mix for the flooring.
The shower head was a big deal to me. We wanted something that had all three features. A rainhead, a handheld, and a tub filler (for our feet). We actually got it off of Amazon! It was only $150 and I think it looks awesome. The first time that Mike used the shower, he came inside and raved about how good the showerhead was. So, yes, I did indeed pass the husband test guys.
What we need to do that we haven't yet is add some privacy. We are debating on what plants/bushes that we want to add. I really just want to add some greenery and ivy, but Mike would rather have more flowers and bushes for taller plants.
The shower adds a lot of value to our home, too! Being in our location, it's a huge plus. I would highly recommend one if you live by a beach or lake!