Last Updated May 17, 2018 · Written by Craig Gibson
Have you ever thought about how nice it would be to have an outdoor shower? Even if you don't have a pool or spa, an outdoor shower is a great way to cool off in the summer or wash the sand off after a day at the beach.
How much does an outdoor shower cost, though? Is it worth the investment? For a ballpark idea you can expect an outdoor shower to cost anywhere from:
An outdoor shower can be anything you want it to be. It can be a cold water only shower, a hot and cold shower or a solar-heated shower. It can be freestanding or enclosed. An outdoor shower can be placed wherever it's convenient for you. If you have a beach loving family, you can avoid having sand tracked through your house by putting it near your home's entrance. If you have a pool, it can be placed near the pool to encourage everyone to shower before entering the pool. If you want an outdoor shower for cooling off, you can have it installed on your deck.
A full length outdoor shower has piping that extends in a straight line to the ground, making it possible to install a freestanding shower with a supporting framework. A short surface shower has exposed piping from just below the handle to the shower head. This type of arrangement is usually used against a wall. Outdoor shower heads (also called roses) can be chrome, polished copper or antique copper and the exposed pipes can match the shower head.
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There’s a reason why it’s illegal to take care of your own plumbing: it’s incredibly unsafe. Tinkering with the pipes yourself can not only damage your property, it also puts your whole family and home at risk. That’s why only a licensed plumber can install all the piping and connect your outdoor shower. They’ll also be able to advise you on the proper placement of all the plumbing elements to ensure the best flow of water to your outdoor shower. They can also give you an idea of the cost implications of adding hot water.
Depending on how elaborate your setup is going to be, you may also need a bricklayer, handyman, tiler or builder to help you install a wall, enclosure and flooring.
There are three main costs associated with installing an outdoor shower:
Outdoor shower kits include a tap, shower head (or rose) and the exposed piping. A full length cold water kit starts at about $650 and can go up to $1000 depending on the materials and quality. A full length twin supply (hot and cold) kit costs around $1000. Short surface kits cost a little less because they have less piping. Stylish stainless steel kits are also available. They can be freestanding or wall-mounted and might include extras like massage jets. Depending on the style you choose, a stainless steel kit can cost under $1000 or up to $2500.
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If you want your outdoor shower to be freestanding, you may be able to buy a hardwood stand to support your pipes and shower head. The stand will include a base and can cost as little as $150-$250. Alternatively, you can hire a handyman or carpenter to build a support structure for your outdoor shower. The cost will depend on how simple or stylish you want it to be and whether you want to build an enclosure around it. To have outdoor pavers laid expect to pay in the region of:
The cost of the plumber will depend on the distance from your water supply, whether you have a cold water or hot and cold system and other factors. When you get quotes from plumbers, give them as much detail as you can to enable them to give you an accurate initial quote.
If you can be flexible about where you place your outdoor shower, it can cost well under $1000 to install. For example, if it's installed near an outdoor tap, your plumber won't have to install water pipes. If you want your shower to be on your deck, fewer pipes will be needed and no digging will be required. On the other hand, you might want to have a bathroom designer create a sumptuous outdoor shower and bathroom or spa for you. It's up to you, your budget and your needs. One thing is for certain. Once you have an outdoor shower, you'll wonder why you didn't install one earlier.
When it comes time to hiring a plumber you need to make sure they are right for your job. Some questions to ask them include:
No matter the size of your plumbing job, always request a fully itemised quote including the cost of all materials used.
Get a sense of the cost of your job by getting quotes from local plumbers. This will give you a sense of what market rates currently are. When comparing quotes, ensure you understand what the quote includes and excludes. Some quotes will include the materials supplied and used, while others won’t.
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