Creative design ideas from simple kits to elegant personal waterfalls
This weekend project has three basic parts: two wing walls and a center pole with the plumbing attached. All materials are
available at the Home Depot.
Time: One weekend (4 hours of labor, plus drying time for sealer)
Difficulty: 3 (on a scale of 1–10; requires modest woodworking skills)
Cost: About $170
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A soothing spray, backed by yuccas, cycads, and other lush plants, is within easy reach of the pool in this backyard garden.
Teak boards mask plumbing, and slotted boards on the floor drain into a hidden shower pan.
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After a day of surfing, Dawn Griffith and Phil Morgan like to wash off the salt outside their new San Diego beach house. The
shower is tucked into an alcove next to the rear stairs; the slate backsplash and side wall of rounded faux river stone (
Eldorado Stone, 800/925-1491) add up to a natural-looking backdrop.
Design: Adams Design Associates, Solana Beach, CA (858/350-8166)
A copper canopy and cast-earth side wall form an oasis at Anne Schneider's Phoenix home.
Design: Woolsey Studio, Tempe, AZ (480/945-3440)
Blue and green ceramic tiles in different sizes make up the backsplash in this Palm Desert, CA, shower.
Design: Francisco Urrutia, Urrutia Architects, Palm Springs (760/327-6800)
At their home in Del Mar, CA, John and Carol Vernon used standard indoor plumbing fixtures and had a stainless steel fabricator
build the curtain rod. The curtain is made of weatherproof fabric from Sunbrella (336/227-6211).
In Boulder, CO, showers beside a big rock in the backyard have become a summer ritual for Jane McConnell and her family. The
exposed pipe ties into the bathroom plumbing on the other side of the wall.
Design: Geoffrey B. Harris, Boulder, CO (303/442-2642)
Interlocking 4- by 12-inch tiles faced with pebbles (Zation Stone, 323/342-0178) create an eye-catching texture for the back-splash of this outdoor shower in Los Angeles.
Design: Justin Davis, True Design Build, Los Angeles (323/664-8853)
Measuring 6 feet by 9 feet, this former light well functions as an outdoor shower off a master bedroom in a San Francisco
Victorian. A tall outside wall hides it from view; you get to it through French doors.
After owners Alison and David Cameron moved in, they hired a plumber to hook up the shower. The redwood 2-by-6 decking serves as duckboard: water trickles between the boards and falls to a lower area with a drain.
The deck opens to the sky and makes a welcoming, wind-sheltered location for houseplants that periodically come out for a shower of their own. A shelf along one wall provides extra space for smaller plants.
This poolside shower fulfills many requirements: It offers privacy for rinsing off after swimming but is open to the landscape;
it is fun for kids and adults; and it is stylish.
Interior designers Angelique Swingle and Marcy Voyevod made it happen with Lightscreen panels. Lightscreens are a modern take on traditional stained-glass windows. They employ translucent marbles suspended in an aluminum grid to block views ― but not light. "The manufacturers let you pick marble colors and levels of translucency," Swingle says. "We selected colors based on the colors of the surrounding landscape."
Lightscreen panels are available through Architectural Systems (800/793-0224).
Design: Marcy Voyevod Design, Oakland, CA (510/433-0724), and Angelique Swingle.
Bathing outdoors is the height of mountain living, especially when done in a rugged style. With its rough natural textures
in concrete and stone, this two-person outdoor shower, tucked under the overhang off the master bedroom, provides a thoroughly
invigorating alpine experience.
Board-formed concrete and a stone floor accentuate the rugged outdoor theme.
Privacy and convenience
The reclaimed-redwood screen lets in light and air yet supplies ample coverage while showering under Moen fixtures. The low retaining wall adds further privacy and a place for accessories.
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All you need for an outdoor shower can be tucked into little shelves made from scrap wood.
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This alfresco shower is hidden behind outdoor lounge-area walls, making it the ultimate private rinse-off spot.
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