Splash in style
But it’s time to reconsider: global warming is getting our days hotter—we’re growing accustomed to sporadic week-long heatwaves; our gardens are increasingly serving as extensions to our homes as we become squeezed for living space; and the more we travel to exotic climes, the more our homes, for better or worse, are reflecting the tropical, Ibiza-in-the-suburbs vibe. Above all, though, there are few things more pleasurable, invigorating and fun than showering under the sky, a soft breeze on your face. Where to you set up The first question is where to put your outdoor shower, and that often relates to use. Is this going to be a shower right next to the house? Off in the garden? By the pool? Most locations are workable. The choice just affects how you’ll run the piping, which most of the time can be tied into your home’s existing system. One needs to plumb the water out from some part of the house through the wall. Or it could come out a bathroom or kitchen or somewhere where there is accessible water on the inside of the wall. Location, of course, goes hand in hand with privacy. Not every member of your household, or every guest, has the same level of comfort. Indecent exposure To ease fears about who can see what, look for sight lines from second-story windows or neighbors’ homes, and taking into account the surrounding environment. You could locate the shower near a garden or, overlooking trees and then put a little window in, one that you can see out of but that neighbors can’t see into. Materials are another consideration. PVC, the hard plastic polymer polyvinyl chloride, is always the easiest option, though be warned that it is not a long-term, ultra-permanent material.
Showering will never be the same again.