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Outdoor Showers: 20 Ideas for Bathing en Plein Air

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Outdoor Showers: 20 Ideas for Bathing en Plein Air

May 4, 2017

Outdoor showers season is getting underway. Is there any greater luxury than bathing outdoors? You don’t need much more than a shower head and a modest enclosure (ideally one that offers a glimpse of the sea). We combed through the many outdoor showers we’ve come across over the years and selected the most memorable. Here’s our top 29:

LA Luxe

outdoor showers Alexander Designs LA

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

Long Island Lavender

Outdoor showers Southhampton New York by Maria Milans del Bosch, Photo by Montse Zamorano

Above: An outdoor shower in Southhampton, New York by Maria Milans del Bosch. Photograph by Montse Zamorano. For more, see Before & After: A Swimming Pool in the Hamptons, Inspired by Spain.

Cape Cod Classic

Outdoor showers Marnies garden Cape Cod by Justine Hand

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

Sweden Summerhouse

Outdoor showers Swedish summerhouse

Above: A shower in the back of a summerhouse designed by LASC Studio, from Remodelista’s Shocking Color in a Swedish Summer House.

Berkshires Balance

Outdoor showers Oneill Rose Architects Berkshires

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. For more, see Swimming Pool of the Week: Beautiful Views in the Berkshires.

Pacific Palisades Pastoral

Outdoor showers Pacific Palisades California by Art Gray

Above: For an outdoor shower, the choice of materials—water-worn pebbles underfoot and a board and batten shower enclosure—are an echo of the architecture of the house. Photograph by Art Gray. For more, see Landscape Architect Visit: A Refined Family Garden in LA’s Pacific Palisades.

Simple Living on Cape Cod

Outdoor Showers Sauna Spa Cape Cod Matthew Williams

Above: Photograph by Matthew Williams. For more, see Architect Visit: A Kitchen Garden on Cape Cod.

Charleston Clapboard

Outdoor showers Charleston South Carolina

Above: A shower and bathroom in a pool house in Charleston, SC, designed by architect Heather Wilson. See more at Remodelista’s Steal This Look: An Outdoor Pool Pavilion, Shower Included.

Napa Glamping

Outdoor showers Napa valley platform camping

Above: Perched on a platform, a modern open-air bath in northern California’s Napa valley has a corrugated metal roof, teak-stained knotty pine paneling, and stainless steel interior walls. Photograph by Matthew Williams. For more, see Gardenista Book Sneak Peek: Glamping in Napa.

New York State of Mind

Outdoor showers clapboard house New York state

Above: A minimalist shower on the side of Tom Givone’s farmhouse, from Remodelista’s A Floating Farmhouse in Upstate New York.

Outdoor Showers Jamaica Sean Knibb photograph by Art Gray

Above: An outdoor shower on Jamaica. Photograph by Art Gray. For more, see The Tropical Life: A Family Camp on Jamaica Designed by Sean Knibb.

Veracruz Viewpoint

Outdoor showers Veracruz Mexico

Above: A rustic setup at the Hotel Azúcar in Veracruz, Mexico.

Bahamas Bamboo

Outdoor showers bamboo walls Bahamas Tom Scherrer

Above: A bamboo fence encloses a shower at a beach house in the Bahamas. See more in Island Life: At Home with Tom Scheerer.

Nashville Retro

Outdoor showers Nashville trailer camper

Above: A shower is tucked between a bathhouse and camper trailer from our Outbuilding of the Week: A Retro ’60s Camper, Outdoor Bathhouse Included.

Cape Cod Couple

Outdoor showers Cape Cod by Matthew Williams

Above: Photograph by Matthew Williams for Gardenista. Side-by-side showers constructed of simple exposed plumbing parts. For more, see our book, Gardenista: The Definitive Guide for Stylish Outdoor Living.

The Blues in LA

Outdoor showers LA Michaela Scherrer

Above: An LA shower designed by Michaela Scherrer. For a tour of her own house, pick up a copy of Remodelista: A Manual for the Considered Home.

South Africa Story

Outdoor showers open air South Africa

Above: A shower on the back porch of the Ecca Lodge, at the private game reserve Kwandwe in South Africa.

Shelter Island Scene

Outdoor showers Shelter Island

Above: A shower overlooking the shoreline of Shelter Island, NY, at a house designed by Suzanne Shaker and Tamarkin Co. Photograph by Photography by Bart Michiels. For more, see Architect & Designer Visit: Cary Tamarkin and Suzanne Shaker in Shelter Island.

Pacific Northwest Cabin

Outdoor showers Pacific Northwest

Above: The lone shower in a house on Salt Spring Island in British Columbia designed by Olson Kundig Architects. See more in Remodelista’s A Master Architect Builds a Tiny Cabin in the Pacific Northwest.

Manka’s in Marin

Outdoor showers Manka's Inverness, California

Above: A tiny concrete shower stall at Manka’s Inverness Lodge in West Marin, California.

Considering installing an outdoor shower yourself? See Hardscaping 101: Outdoor Showers. Prefer a bath to a shower? Have a look at 5 Favorites: Outdoor Bathtubs.

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

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