Outdoor showers are becoming a hugely popular addition to properties. Here at We Buy Any House, we have compiled a small guide on everything you need to know about installing an outdoor shower.
Q) what are the benefits to an outdoor shower?
When it comes to having an outdoor shower, the list of benefits are endless. Firstly, if you have an outdoor pool or hot tub, then this can make the challenge of getting in and out of the house a lot easier. Long-gone are the days of trudging through the house dripping wet trying to make your way to the bathroom- and instead, you can wash and dry yourself outside comfortably. Secondly, having an outdoor shower is a great solution to rinsing down pets after a muddy walk, or, rinsing yourself after you have been gardening.
Thirdly, having an outdoor shower is great if you want a refreshing way to cool down on a hot summer day when there is barely any breeze or relief from the hot summer weather. Aside from functional purposes, having an outdoor shower can really enhance your experience of being outdoors, and almost create a resort-like experience for you at home- especially if you keep some luxury products and fluffy towels nearby.
Q) what are the different types of outdoor shower options?
Thankfully, there are many different types of outdoor showers for you to choose from, so you can find something that suits your style and is quintessentially you and true to your interior design style. One popular style of outdoor shower is the wooden privacy enclosure. Costing between £650 to £1,500, these are perhaps the most basic style of outdoor shower. Depending on the type of outdoor shower you want and the complexity of the installation process, this can dramatically change the price. On average, a standard wall-mounted shower can cost anywhere between £500 to £2,000, however you can get a portable outdoor shower for around £300. The cost also depends on the materials used in your outdoor shower, and how difficult these materials are to source, import and assemble to proper drainage.
Q) What materials should be used for the fixtures and shower floor and walls?
Wood is the most popular choice of material for an outdoor shower, as its relatively cheap and lightweight- which gives you options when it comes to design specifications. If you opt to go with wood, then you will have to make the choice between either softwood or hardwood. Hardwood comes from slow-growing trees such as Oak, Cherry, Teak and Ipe. They are more weather-resistant and have a lot more longevity in comparison to softwood, as softwood is treated with chemicals to preserve its eco-friendly approach. An alternative to wood, cedar and cypress are also other materials that are popular as they are rot proof, insect resistant and easy and light to work with. Additionally, they can be tinted and varnished- so aesthetically can match your ideas.
Q) How do you ensure good drainage?
When it comes to the drainage of an outdoor shower, it’s quite simple. As long as the water can run off and drain somewhere naturally into the ground. However, it’s important to remember that in some area codes, there is a legal requirement to have further drainage so that the water doesn’t affect the foundation of your property. Additionally, if the ground at your home isn’t porous enough to hold all the water, then you may want to install a manual drainage system so that the water doesn’t leak into your home.
Q) how do you protect it in winter?
Throughout the winter months, the temperature can drop dramatically. If the temperature begins to exceed freezing, the water pipes can become frozen and break. Not only will this result in water damage that could potentially be long term but could also result in expensive plumbing repairs. Therefore, it’s important to wrap your pipes with an electric heat cable before the winter weather sets in.
Q) Are there any other considerations?
Outdoor showers are not commonplace in UK properties. They’re a great addition to have in your home to make it stand out and function more practically, and are also a great way to add value to your property in case you are ever thinking of selling your home. According to experts at Realtor, a property that has an outdoor shower added can add up to 97% price, per-square-foot premium!
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