When Nature Calls: 7 Tips to Create an Outdoor Bathroom
Calling all outdoor enthusiasts, star gazers and routine spa-goers. Are you ready to create the ultimate resort experience in your home? Outdoor bathrooms are becoming bigger and better, and are more than just a spot to rinse off after a dip in the pool.
While it may seem like an elaborate, unrealistic idea, outdoor bathrooms are practical, versatile and more affordable than ever.
Follow our top 7 tips to create an invigorating experience in your own backyard, all you need is a little creativity, an open mind and a taste for tranquillity.
- Expand on your existing backyard décor
Add to the atmosphere of outdoor living by working with the current theme of your backyard. Is your space rustic, tropical or Asian inspired? Simple accents and affordable décor combined with your current setting, will help to create your outdoor sanctuary.
Consider materials like bamboo and stone for a modern, oriental take, or include timber and ceramic features for tropical or coastal style bathrooms. Gold and bronze tapware and corrugated iron work well in rustic designs.
Wrap trees with fairy lights, path the way with tiles or stepping stones and if you’ve got a gorgeous view- make it visible!
Remember to embrace natural wonder, and think outside the box.
- Include furniture
Chances are, you’ll become so accustomed to an outdoor bathroom, that it will be enjoyed for far more than a quick rinse. While water features and plants will ultimately enhance the atmosphere, the right furniture and accessories will help to create a comfortable space that’s as practical as it is serene.
You might include:
- A stool or bench (try using a tree stump!)
- A towel cabinet and space for a change of clothes
- Nooks to keep shower products
- Consider what lies beneath
To ensure your outdoor is fully functional, ensure the floor of the shower area is an anti-slip surface that can endure constant periods of dampness.
- Timber: Treated timber ticks all the boxes! It feels good underfoot, provides grip, allows for drainage and wears well over time. You can even use a few slats of timber to build a deck directly under the shower if your base is predominately rocks.
- Pavers: Matte-finished, slip resistant pavers are a great option if your outdoor bathroom is an extension of your indoor bathroom. They provide a seamless transition from a contemporary interior to the outdoors.
- Porous stone: As long as the sun hits the shower at some point, porous stone is a safe and durable selection.
When installing adequate draining, why not include an eco-friendly system that waters the garden too. No elaborate plumbing strategies are required! Simply place your shower on a platform or in a position with a slight incline so the water can run off easily and efficiently.
If trekking out into the backyard seems a little unappealing, or you live in a cold climate, try building an outdoor bathroom that is an extension of your house. Disappearing doors, an open roof and outdoor lighting will do just the trick! The stars will be in sight and greenery will poke through to give you the best of both worlds.
- Use plants for privacy
It’s important to feel relaxed an at ease in your outdoor shower, which makes privacy a key component. Consider plants for privacy, or build an innovative screen using horizontal piping and pot plants.
Scope out the position of your bath from all angles and use current tree coverage to your advantage.
- When it rains it pours!
Get inspired by nature and install a showerhead that provides a relaxing, rain-like experience. Rain showerheads are designed to create the ultimate outdoor bathroom experience, and can be wall-mounted with shower arms that position the showerhead directly overhead. Choose from a range of outstanding options including the Vibe Square Shower Head 300mm and the Stainless Steel Round Shower Rose 300mm.
- Include a bath
Install a freestanding bath as the focal point in your outdoor bathroom to create a true spa-like experience. Choose from 1500mm or 1700mm freestanding baths and position it perfectly within your space. Add to your outdoor experience by capturing the view from your bath, or simply stare at the stars as you soak and unwind.
Get more out of your garden and embrace your home outside its four walls. Start envisioning your outdoor bathroom and let the team at Bathrooms on a Budget set you up for serenity and success.