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How To Build a Shower Outdoors

An outdoor shower is added in a space between the house and an existing fence.

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  • Time

    Several Weekends

  • Price Range

    $1,000 - $2,500

  • Difficulty

    Hard

Highlights:

Step 1: Decide Where the Shower Will Go

The first step in installing an outdoor shower is determining the most suitable location. This will be determined, to a large extent, by the existing plumbing and the source from which you can run the water. You may want to hire a licensed plumber to either connect to existing plumbing or run a new line, making certain that the new line is installed according to code. In our case, this particular shower is run off of existing plumbing and is sandwiched between the side of the house and an existing fence.

Step 2: Create the Foundation

Depending on your soil condition, you may need to reinforce your foundation with poured concrete. Our project uses concrete blocks buried 8 to 12 inches in the soil.

Step 3: Build the Shower Frame

This shower installation utilizes a floating frame made of pressure treated wood that's tied structurally to both the fence and the side of the house, and that rests on the concrete blocks (Image 1). The vertical support beams for the shower's paneling go in next (Image 2). The pressure treated beams are notched to fit and lagged into the pressure treated rafters. They don't touch the ground. Make sure that these beams installed so that they are perfectly plumb. Lay down the decking boards.

Step 4: Add the Paneling and Hardware

Once the decking boards are installed, follow with the paneling. This example uses pre-constructed cedar panels and cut them to size. These can be purchased at a local fencing company. Install the panel that will include the shower hardware first. Because it will need to accommodate the shower fixtures, this is the trickiest panel to install. Transfer the measurements from your shower head and knob (already installed by the plumber) to your cedar panel and make any necessary cuts. Install the hardware, following the manufacturer's instructions, then bring the panel in and connect the hardware to the plumbing. For this project, a deluxe oversized showerhead specifically designed for outdoor applications is used. Follow up with the installation other panels, and you're ready to enjoy your new outdoor shower.

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