We see many different creations, some are amazing and some could have so easily been improved with just a little planning and communication. Every client is different and every plumber tackles the project differently, sometimes it is just down to the components that plumbers can source. Plumbing work is normally hidden behind a wall but with an outdoor shower we are celebrating the exposed pipe work, so the fittings and fixtures need to be right as does the workmanship.
I have had several customers come to me after their shower has been installed and complain about the silver screw heads against the copper brackets, or the ugly chrome shower head from Bunning's that the plumber supplied. Somethings are easily fixed and others just aren’t worth the cost and the client is forever looking at that one annoying thing that could have been easily avoided if only they had known in the beginning. So, read on and hopefully you’re are at the beginning.
Things to consider when designing your area:-
Style – modern or traditional?
Will it be hot and cold?
Location - how far that location is from a water source?
Drainage – where will the runoff water go?
Screening – do you require screens or plants?
Budget - $$$
Add a hand held hose to your outdoor shower, great for pets.
Fixings make a big difference to the overall look of an outdoor shower. These are probably the hardest things for plumbers to source after the shower head.
Top left- copper pillar clip. Top right -common pipe clip, easily sourced not so pretty. Middle right - copper saddles, pipe sits flush to wall, at least they are the right colour. Bottom right - plastic copper coloured clip- cost effective. Bottom left - solid brass wall clips with matching screws.
Top breech is made on site by a plumber from press fittings, setting a more contemporary look. Bottom image with a curve is a more traditional style.
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