Outdoor Shower Stalls

Outdoor Shower Stalls

Outdoor shower stalls can be stationary or portable; however, stationary stalls give outdoor spaces a level an element of excitement. If installed and designed correctly, outdoor shower stalls can blend beautifully with your backyard. Although there are countless design options for outdoor showers, they are easier and cheaper to install when close to the home so they can be tied into the existing plumbing without having to run a long line. Here are a few design ideas to get you started.

Fenced Shower Stalls

Those who want to save money while still having an attractive outdoor stall use a fence. Fenced outdoor shower stalls have enclosures made out of fencing and a door fashioned out of a gate. Enclosures made from fencing are the most economical choice. If you decide to hire a contractor, expect to pay approximately $35.00CAD per linear metre.

Wooden Shower Stalls

Wood is a highly popular choice for outdoor shower stalls because this material not only looks elegant but also blends in with the surroundings of nature. Experts do not recommended using plastic or vinyl with a wood finish for shower stalls if you are trying to achieve a natural appearance. On a similar note, pressure-treated wood should also be avoided because it looks unnatural and the chemicals used to treat the wood can contaminate the ground. Redwood and cedar are two excellent choices. If you plan to use matching wood fencing, add post caps along with large posts and trim work for an elegant touch.

Although you can stain the wood, keep in mind that the wood's colour will look more natural; however, be sure to coat the wood with a water-repellant seal.

Stone Shower Bases

Stone is a commonly used material for outdoor shower bases with flagstone being the most popular. Extra-large pieces are the best kind to use because they tend to stay put better and are less prone to cracking. One secret among contractors is using polymeric sand when installing stone bases for outdoor shower stalls. This sand is specially formulated to dry hard in the same manner as concrete. Polymeric sand is an excellent product for grouting the flagstone pieces because it prevents water from penetrating and separating the stones and although it looks like beach sand, polymeric sand will not wash away. Flagstone is a much better, and more natural looking, option than concrete.

Shower Drains

A drain is necessary for allowing the water from outdoor shower stalls to drain. In order to install a drain, you will need to dig a two-metre trench at a slope so the water will be able to flow from the shower area to the predetermined area to where the water is supposed to drain. There are several drainage area options from which you can choose. The water can drain to a gravel-filled hole and tie into your existing sewer line, septic tank line or the pipe could simply lay inside of the ground. The option you choose will depend on how often you plan to use your outdoor shower as well as your budget.

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