14 refreshing outdoor showers Creative design ideas from simple kits to elegant personal waterfalls DIY outdoor shower Related: Get full instructions, plus tools and materials list, for this DIY project 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 Pinterest Soothing poolside shower 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. Slate corner Design: Adams Design Associates, Solana Beach, CA (858/350-8166) Desert simplicity Design: Woolsey Studio, Tempe, AZ (480/945-3440) Splash of deco Design: Francisco Urrutia, Urrutia Architects, Palm Springs (760/327-6800) Colorful curve Rustic style Design: Geoffrey B. Harris, Boulder, CO (303/442-2642) Pebble wall Design: Justin Davis, True Design Build, Los Angeles (323/664-8853) Shower deck 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. Poolside privacy 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: Angelique Swingle and Marcy Voyevod Design, Oakland, CA (510/433-0724). Rugged stone Related: See the complete house 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. Rustic materials. 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. Sun shower Related: Step inside the complete home The outdoor shower by Orvis makes for easy post-beach-activity wash down. Creative storage Related: Explore the home's full before-and-after All you need for an outdoor shower can be tucked into little shelves made from scrap wood. Tucked away Related: Backyard becomes the ultimate space to unwind This alfresco shower is hidden behind outdoor lounge-area walls, making it the ultimate private rinse-off spot.