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Outdoor showers make a splash

Perhaps not surprisingly given our climate and the ever-increasing trend towards resort-style homes and gardens, outdoor showers are becoming more and more popular in Australian backyards.

“Outdoor showers are a fabulous addition to a garden not only because they are functional but also for that outdoor lifestyle feeling they create,” landscape designer Monica Palmer, of Slightly Garden Obsessed, said.

“Our love for pools and coastal living has created a need for a permanent outdoor wash-down area.


Showers are becoming increasingly popular in Aussie backyards. Picture: Tim Davies Landscaping

“And also the outdoor space of the home is becoming a more thought-about area. It really has become an extension of the living spaces inside.”

Daniela Santilli, of Reece Bathrooms, agreed that outdoor showers were a wonderful — and increasingly common — addition to the garden, “whether you’re a block away from the beach or in an inner suburb”.

“Outdoor bathrooms have always been popular with sun-loving Australians, and we’ve seen a surge in appeal with shows such as The Block regularly featuring outdoor bathrooms,” Ms Santilli said. “People are also becoming more open to the idea of bathing outdoors, to reconnect with nature and create a more sensual bathing experience.”

Ms Santilli said adding an outdoor shower was easier than people might think, whether it’s a luxurious outdoor bathroom complete with hot water for bathing, or a simple freestanding cold-water shower for post-swim rinse-offs.


Outdoor showers can be as simple or high-end as you like. Picture: Reece

Installing the latter was almost as simple as fitting a garden tap, with no council permission required — though Ms Santilli does recommend using a licensed plumber.

“Outdoor bathrooms can be as high-end or as simple as you like, depending on your budget and outdoor bathroom requirements,” she said. “You may just need a shower to wash off the sand or chlorine and can simply position a freestanding outdoor shower on your decking or in the garden.

“Alternatively, you may want to transform your garden area into an outdoor bathroom sanctuary and opt for bamboo frames, ferns and additional water features to make it a tranquil escape.”

Ms Palmer, who recently launched her own collection of outdoor shower units, said she was prompted by growing demand coupled with a lack of locally available products.


Monica Palmer has created a range of outdoor showers.

“Over the last couple of years I found I was including an outdoor shower area in just about every garden design,” she said.

“The choice in the market was limited, they were well over $1200 and came from over east or overseas. I wanted to offer my clients a style that would complement their home design. This has now expanded to supplying to industry and customers beyond my clients.”

The collection, which includes copper, brass and matt-black designs, is available from Eco Outdoor in Osborne Park, the Slightly Garden Obsessed design studio in Cottesloe, or from sgoxblog.com.


The West Australian

Article source: https://au.news.yahoo.com/thewest/lifestyle/a/33355342/why-outdoor-showers-are-the-new-must-have-in-wa-gardens/