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“The ideas just flow on how to create one of these escapist retreats for yourself.”—Nancy Schoeffler, Hartford Courant


“The book covers all the practical aspects you need to know before building an outdoor shower…[H]e also includes plenty of photos of showers, from elegant glass block enclosures to simple setups supplied by garden hoses, that will make you wish for the opportunity to scrub up al fresco.”

Mary Beth Breckenridge, McClatchy Newspapers

 

From the Back Cover

Enjoy Outdoor Living to the Fullest!

 

Showering outdoors under a bright blue sky after a day of playing in the surf, digging in the garden, or taking a long bicycle ride is the ultimate in relaxation. Designer/builder Ethan Fierro celebrates the creativity and whimsical inspiration behind dozens of outdoor showers in this collection of stunning designs, all photographed on location across North America.

 

Whether you're planning to add a simple wooden shower enclosure to the outside of your beach or lake house, or to build a freestanding shower structure in a private corner of your property, you will find the perfect plan idea. There is also plenty of practical information on basic plumbing and structural requirements, along with suggestions for how to use a wide range of building materials, from stone and wood to metal, glass blocks, tile, and more. And for the cost-conscious builder, Fierro offers fun ideas for repurposing found and recycled materials.

 

If you've always dreamed of having an outdoor shower, now's the time to open the pages of this book, shed your inhibitions, and take the plunge!

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 144 pages
  • Publisher: Storey Publishing, LLC (April 1, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 158017552X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1580175524
  • Product Dimensions: 8.6 x 0.4 x 10.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.3 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (37 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #336,048 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Outdoor showers aren't just for camping anymore: they're popping up as trendy home add-ons to a garden, and Ethan Fierro's The Outdoor Shower: Creative Design Ideas For Backyard Living, From The Functional To The Fantastic allows for a range of ideas and applications. Lovely color photos of such showers run the gamut from very simple to amazingly detailed, while choices in heating from solar to convention and choices in design offer details for virtually any setting, whether it be stone, wood, metal or tile. A fine pick for any who would restore function to an outside setting.
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The Outdoor Shower book gave me the confidence to build my own outdoor shower. It also inspired me to get creative with my design. The book is rich with technical information, packed with great photos, and full of plumbing fixture ideas and more. Ethan has done a fantastic job at filling a void.
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This book is a practical guide to putting in an outdoor shower. I would've liked more photos of what people have done to create great outdoor shower spaces- the book seems to mostly focus on Martha's Vineyard- but this book has some good advice on plumbing from the house, drainage, and partitions. It is a good place to start if putting in an outdoor shower, but I found the internet and my local guys at Home Depot to be better resources for some things.
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The book has some interesting ideas and nice pictures, but it really comes up short in planning and building an outdoor shower. Eventually I did it myself and, by the way, there were some plumbing errors that should be pointed out to the author, specifically there are two kinds of PVC pipe, one for hot and cold and one just for cold water.
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The design ideas in the book certainly are enough to light a fire in those who enjoy doing their own construction/renovation. There are numerous pictures showing the range of complexity that can be found in outdoor showers. It does give a good general overview on topics like design, planning, integration with existing structures, plumbing, local building codes and drainage. But sadly that's about all the book is: a general overview. Their really isn't any sort of "how-to" in the book. I don't mean full-blown construction plans but a discussion about something as basic as how to get hot water without paying hundreds of dollars to a plumber. I really enjoyed reading the information and viewing all the photos but when I was done with the book I felt like it didn't get me any closer to figuring out what kind of shower to make or even if I should try and attempt this project on my own at all! And just for the record, I am no slouch when it comes to construction\renovation nor am I one to back away from a DIY project because I think its above my pay grade. I just felt that this book really didn't do anything that an unhurried meandering in Home Depot for two hours would accomplish. As I said, it does light a fire but really doesn't seem to help with directing that fire once it's been lit.
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This is a good starter book for planning your outdoor shower. Gets you off on the right foot. It is however very limited in its scope of ideas and examples. Should have some more examples other than around Martha's Vineyard. I don't know about you, but I don't live in that orbit. Youtube is indispensable for this project, and is your friend.
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The value of this book depends on what basic knowledge you have of showers. If you don't know about plumbing or materials (wood, etc) you will find the book informative. Or you if you are looking for ideas of a rustic or eclectic outdoor shower (shower on a tree), you will find the book informative. But if you are looking for ideas for a stylish outdoor shower and associated fixtures, you will find the book lacking. I found better ideas by doing an internet search.
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Just pretty pictures like a gallery of fine homes. Not much on practical details for a do it your selfer. Just what people with bucks have paid for and had installed.
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