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10 Favorites: Outdoor Showers

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10 Favorites: Outdoor Showers

February 25, 2013

Plumbing can be a little complicated, so start planning now to create an outdoor shower by summertime. Here’s a roundup of spaces (including a sneak peek at a few in our new Gardenista Book) that will make you wonder why anyone ever bathes indoors:

By the way, our vote for “most unlikely outdoor location” goes to a terrace in Manhattan where it’s actually possible to bathe in privacy in the most densely populated city in the US. For the details, see The Landscape Designer is In: Building a Private Shower in Publicity-Loving New York.

Above: A Shelter Island home by Tamarkin Co. and Suzanne Shaker. Photography by Bart Michiels.

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Above: Photograph by Michael Moran courtesy of O’Neill Rose Architects. A pool house in the Berkshires in Massachusetts has an outdoor shower sided with white clapboard.

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Above: For easy access, architectural designer and builder Tom Givone mounted an outdoor shower on the facade of a farmhouse in New York. Tour more of this Floating Farmhouse in Upstate New York. Photography via Givone Home.

Above: An outdoor shower and sauna on Cape Cod. Photograph by Matthew Williams for Gardenista. For more of this project, see our Gardenista Book.

Above: An outdoor shower with exposed industrial style plumbing on Cape Cod. Photograph by Matthew Williams for Gardenista. For more of this project, see our Gardenista Book.

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Above: An outdoor shower in a secluded corner of a Cape Cod garden needs no walls, doors, or curtains. Photograph by Justine Hand.

Above: An outdoor shower and bath in Napa. Photograph by Matthew Williams for Gardenista. For more of this project, see our Gardenista Book.

Above: Olsen Kundig Architect’s Gulf Island cabin. For more of this project, see Into the Wild: A 191-Square-Foot Cabin in the Pacific Northwest.

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Above: Designer Vanessa Alexander’s outdoor shower in Malibu, California. Photograph courtesy of Alexander Design.

Above: Gardenista editor Michelle Slatalla’s outdoor shower in Mill Valley, California. Photograph by Matthew Williams for Gardenista.  For more of this project, see our Gardenista Book.

For a rooftop outdoor shower in the middle of Manhattan, see The Landscape Designer is In: Building a Private Shower in Publicity-Loving New York.

Finally, get more ideas on how to integrate and design an outdoor shower with our Hardscaping 101: Outdoor Showers design guide.

N.B.: This is an update of a post originally published July 21, 2011.

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