Some outdoor showers are purely practical places to rinse off sand after a day at the beach. Others offer the rarefied opportunity to bathe while watching wild animals of Africa splashing about in their watering holes. An al fresco bathtub can provide a sybaritic experience or, as in the case of musician John Legend, a convenient spot to wash the dogs. Whether you choose stone or ipe wood, Dornbracht fixtures or a garden hose, there are many ways to create a private area in which to cool off and enjoy nature. For inspiration, take a peek . . .  

"With privacy from a bamboo hedge and a lattice fence, designers Tom Flynn and Joseph D'Urso created an exotic and stylish outdoor shower in East Hampton, New York. It's equipped with a powerful rain showerhead - the ultimate way to cool off after a day at the beach."
Photography by Antoine Bootz.

"Nothing is more refreshing than a shower al fresco, and this special place requires special attention. Create a walled garden feel or bring the indoors out and make the outdoor shower a true extension of the bathroom."
Design by Louise Brooks, Brooks and Falotico.

"The outdoor shower off the master bedroom is Tamarkin's favorite spot in the house."
Shelter Island, New York, home of architect Cary Tamarkin.
Architecture: Cary Tamarkin.
Interior decorating by Suzanne Shaker.
Photography by William Abranowicz.
House Beautiful (April 2011).

"A verdant setting of fruit trees and evergreens surrounds a spacious outdoor shower at the weekend house of designers Jeffry Weisman and Andrew Fisher in Sonoma County, California. The master bathroom opens onto the concrete outdoor room, which is equipped with a handsome arched showerhead for a waterfall-like spray."
Photography by Grey Crawford.
"Outdoor Showers That Make a Splash" by Dickson Wong.

"The open-air shower on Michelle Lloyd and David Bermann's boathouse was modeled after the cabanas at Miami's Delano hotel. For privacy, Michelle draped it with inexpensive white nylon curtain-liners. 'They're so durable,' she says. 'You could use them for privacy on any outdoor structure.' "
Design by Michelle Lloyd and David Bermann.
Photography by Stacey Brandford.

"The below-grade outdoor shower is surrounded by solid-ipe planking, which the architect selected not only for its appearance but for its strength and durability."
(Ipe is "a sustainable Brazilian hardwood favored by architects for its warmth and sheen as much as for its water resistance and durability.") 
East Hampton, New York, beach house.
Interior and landscape design by S. Russell Groves.
Photography by Bruce Buck.
"Reconsidering the Beach House" text by Therese Bissell.
Architectural Digest (October 2006).

"A Waterworks tub in the master bath faces a slate-walled waterfall shower created by [landscape architect Raymond] Jungles, the tub and shower fittings are by Dornbracht, and the Indonesian low stool is from Archeo Gallery."
Key West, Florida, home of novelist Judy Blume and her husband, true-crime writer George Cooper.
Landscape architect: Raymond Jungles.
Interior design by Malcolm James Kutner.
Renovation architecture by Thomas E. Pope.
Photography by Ngoc Minh Ngo.
Text by Rob Haskell.
"Judy Blume's Tropical Retreat" produced by Robert Rufino.
Architectural Digest (January 2013).

"Anchoring the private garden off the master suite is a freestanding basalt bathtub that [John] Legend confesses to using primarily for washing the couple's two dogs. 'It's a beautiful piece of sculpture,' he says with a laugh. 'And we do love our dogs.' "
1960s Hollywood Hills home of John Legend and fiancee Christine Teigen.
Design by Don Stewart, Desiderata Design.
Photography by Roger Davies.
Text by Mayer Rus.
"In Concert" produced by Carlos Mota.
Architectural Digest (March 2013).

"The indoor/outdoor shower, surfaced in honed limestone and marble, with Hansgrohe heads, Dornbracht controls, and Kohler WaterTile sprayers."
Modern home in West Los Angeles enclave.
Architect: Michael B. Lehrer, Lehrer Architects LA.
Interior decoration by JoAnne Brosnahan, Unique Custom Interiors.
Contractor: Dan Andrews.
Photography by Roger Davies.
Text by Mayer Rus.
"Perfect Harmony" produced by Robert Rufino.

"All the baths feature freestanding soaking tubs and sliding glass doors. Connecting indoor and outdoor showers allow you to watch the animals while you stand under the spray."
Mateya Safari Lodge, created and owned by Susan White Mathis.
Photography by Vincent Thibert.
Interior design by Gert Gertzen.
Architecture by Anthony Orelowitz of Paragon Architects.
"Mateya Safari Lodge" text by Amanda Vaill.
Architectural Digest (November 2005).

" A bath has a heated floor and an indoor-outdoor shower. At Makanyane you can shower outside and listen to the call of the crested francolin."
Makanyane Safari Lodge in South Africa, which was created by Susan Harper and David Whittome.
Interior design by Jenny Seddon of Paragon Interiors and Tessa Proudfoot.
Architecture by Bruce Stafford.
Photography by Tim Beddow.
"Makanyane Safari Lodge" text by Peter Halderman.
Architectural Digest (March 2005).

"The outdoor shower is encircled in bamboo to ensure privacy."
"Eco-Resorts: Six Senses Laamu"

"An outdoor shower has both vistas and privacy."
Tara and Jessica Getty's home in the Phinda Private Game Reserve in northern KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa.
Interior design by Chris Browne.
Architecture by Nick Plewman.
Photography by Tim Beddow.
"Phinda Getty House" text by Peter Haldeman.
Architectural Digest (February 2008).

"In the Sky Villa, a bath includes a glass partition that separates the outdoor shower from the marble interior. Kohler fixtures."
Sky Villa, one of three rental villas comprising Temenos (Greek for "Sanctuary"), which was developed by Robert F. X. Sillerman and Laura Baudo Sillerman in Anguilla.
Interior design by John Morton Levine.
Architecture by H. G. Oscar Farmer.
Photography by Bruce Buck.
"Temenos" text by Stephen Calloway.
Architectural Digest (November 2002).

"The outdoor shower, made of stainless steel and etched glass, has another function: At night it is lit from within, illuminating the house's main entrance directly opposite. The landscaping, concrete plinths and locked seams of metal 'reinforce the linear quality of the house,' says [architect David] Jameson."
Michael Minnemann and Richard Bernstein's modernist compound on Maryland's Upper Hooper Island.
Architecture by David Jameson, AIA.
Photography by Paul Warchol.
"Functional Aesthetics" text by Jean Strouse.
Architectural Digest (October 2008).

"For the ultimate cool down on a hot summer's day, turn on Seiger Design Studio's super sleek "Under the Tree" outdoor shower designed for Conmoto." The water is supplied by a connection to a garden hose.
Traditional Home (June 2007).

Oborain designs and builds modern, pre-fab outdoor showers.
Photography by Danlly Domingo.
Text by Stephanie Schomer.
Architectural Digest (April 2013).

"Holland-based Jee-O brings its outdoor showers Stateside, boasting sleek silhouettes and ultrasimple functionality."
Photography by Danlly Domingo.
Text by Stephanie Schomer.
Architectural Digest (April 2013).

"More thatch overhangs the curvaceous, open-air shower-with-a-view. [Homeowner] Fred's only request was an outdoor shower. When Fred was little he would go to his grandparents' lake cottage, where there was an outdoor shower. That was his favorite thing."
Suzie and Fred Fehsenfeld's vacation home in Kenya.
Interior design by Suzanne Kasler.
Architect: Barnaby Ghavi.
Photography by Thibault Jeanson.
House Beautiful (October 2012).

"Every bathroom in this Dominican Republic home includes a private outdoor shower with lush plantings."
Architecture: Selmen and Associates.
Construction: Anton Casanovas, Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic.
Photography by Virginia Macdonald.

"A marine tarp on a frame turns a corner of the deck into an outdoor shower."
Bridgehampton, New York, weekend home of Sarah Jessica Parker and Matthew Broderick.
Interior design by Eric Hughes.
Photography by William Waldron. 
"The Comfort Factor" by Stacie Stukin.

"Statues impart an air of classicism; this one is in the outdoor bathhouse, which has a tub and teak bench for sunbathing."
"Silverbrook Farm" in Purcellville, Virginia.
Photography by Helen Norman.
Written by Rebecca Christian.
"Virginia Farm Garden" produced by James Cramer.
Traditional Home.

For additional outdoor shower ideas, please visit last year's post Out in the Open.


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