How To Build An Outdoor Shower

By Robert Robillard on How To, Landscape, Plumbing, Weekend warrior


Choose the location of your outdoor shower.  Select an area that’s relatively level; a slight grade will promote runoff.  

If your shower is wall-mounted give consideration to the proximity of your indoor plumbing access for connections and possible municipal drain hookups.

Finished view

Finished view

Construction Materials

For shower floors, walls, and fixtures, choose a material that will endure the weather conditions.

Outdoor showers can be made of wood, stone, metal, or tile.  If using wood consider using insect and weather-resistant materials such as treated lumber, Cedar, Teak, Ipe, or Mahogany.

The floor of the shower area can be many materials from poured concrete, blue stone, tile, or a raised platform out of wood.   Some floors are simply installed with a pitch to drain water away from the shower area and others have drains installed.  [see drainage below]

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