Now, we hope we don’t have to convince you that showering every day is a good idea. But personal hygiene aside, taking a hot or cool shower is either a perfect way to get into the morning, or something relaxing and cleansing to cap off another hard day of toil. But here’s something you may not have given much thought to: outdoor showers. Is it really a thing?
We’ve certainly all used one at the beach from time to time, but many people are discovering the joys of winding down and washing off amid the sun, breeze and even the stars in their actual garden.
Outdoor showers are also practical, particularly if you love getting dirty in the garden or sweaty during exercise. And outdoor showers are even a great way to reduce your big water bill in the long term, as sometimes a quick and efficient splash outside after a swim is all you need.
But in all likelihood, it’s an idea that will either appeal to you and your family or not. If it does, the Gold Coast Plumbing Company can help! We don’t just fix your plumbing, we can also help you renovate your bathroom or take the bold step of exploring outdoor shower ideas.
So if an outdoor shower sounds like a tantalising idea, we’re posing the first two questions you will want to consider before taking the invigorating plunge:
1. Simple or fancy?
Before you start to research outdoor shower ideas, know what kind of outdoor shower you want.
If what you really want is something super-practical to wash the sand or chlorine off after a swim, you can stick to the basics and keep your budget low with minimal parts, plumbing and an entry-level outdoor shower head.
But many lovers of outdoor showers aren’t just into the practical side of things – they want their outdoor shower to be a luxury retreat or indulgence. Believe it or not, many outdoor shower users consider a ‘shower au naturale’ to be one of life’s little pleasures, and like a mini holiday each and every day. And in that case, when it comes to imagination and the budget, the sky is the only limit.
2. Hot or cold?
The outdoor shower memories you probably have are of an invigorating and uncomfortable 30 seconds under chilling cold water. But particularly there’s no reason you can’t pipe steaming hot water to your outdoor showers.
Talk to the plumbing experts about how to manage this hot water outdoor shower solution the most affordably and practically. This will probably mean either tapping into your existing hot water infrastructure, or installing a new hot water system and choosing between electric, gas or continuous flow options.
Another option is to extend the environmental theme of your new outdoor shower idea by ‘going green’ and considering either a heat pump or solar hot water system.
With these two fundamental questions answered, you’re just about ready to strip off and start brainstorming those exciting outdoor shower ideas. But you’ll also be answering even more practical questions like:
- What sort of screening or wall do I want?
- Will I use plants for aesthetics and to further ensure outdoor showering privacy?
- Do I need to consider drainage and outdoor lighting?
- Is a half inside/half outside shower a better idea?
So many people are being won over by the practicality and luxury of various outdoor shower ideas. If outdoor showers appeal to you, get in touch with your local plumber. We can help with your outdoor shower on the Gold Coast or next bathroom renovation project, don’t hesitate to get in touch!