Flat and square with an emphasis on their shapes, modern outdoor showers are just a bit showy.
There’s something wonderfully elemental about showering outdoors on a hot, sunny day whether you’ve just taken a swim in a friend’s pool, or you’ve stripped down in the privacy of your own yard after working up a sweat in the garden. But this collection of modern outdoor showers suggests something a bit more formal — a level of luxury geared to impress and be used by guests. That’s not to say they are elaborate. Quite the opposite.
On an elaborately planked and planted deck, alongside an infinity pool, a towering 8-foot tall, wooden slab is the anchor for an supremely elegant outdoor shower [top]. The MGS shower column (CB406) is Italian made from 100 percent stainless steel. Mounted through the deck and stands nearly 7-1/2 feet tall on its own. Impervious to weather, it has separate hot and cold water handles that tilt to accommodate wet hands, as well as a hand shower for more precise direction of water. Modern outdoor showers don’t get much more minimalistic or upscale than this one.
A stunning emerald green mosaic tile wall creates an unforgettable backdrop for an modern outdoor shower at the edge of a patio. Putting the money into the tile instead of the fixtures, architect Richard Lindvall designed a simple raw-pipe column with a rainshower head. A copper shower base base is set over the deck. With its anti-microbial quality, the ability to patina and red coloring, copper is a wonderful counterpoint to the green tile.
Close up, the side view shows how simply the shower is — with a red industrial valve to turn it on and off. No hot water required here.
An attractive wood-planked shower, steps from the bedroom in a 2-acre Long Island summer home, has a highly finished set up. The handy recessed niche lines up perfectly between the rain shower head and the shower control valve — showing the hand of the architect. That control is a simple pressure balance valve that regulates the water temperature from hot to cold — another variation on the theme.
Ipe, a tropical hardwood, was the choice of designer S. Russell Groves for an outdoor pool deck for a house in East Hampton. The pool’s custom outdoor shower is below grade and thus sheltered on three sides by wood planking and overhead with a pergola style roof. A bench on one side of the enclosure is covered by an upholstered cushion which makes it comfy to sit. It’s also interesting to see the double decker shower column. A single lever valve operates the rain shower head on top. At the base, a tub filler was added to provide hot and cold water from a short spout at a perfect height for washing feet or bathing pets outdoors.
(Source: MGS, Richard Lindvall, Dwell, housedesign4u)
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