Building an Outdoor Shower at the Beach

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Blog entry by npcarey posted 06-16-2009 01:02 PM 13132 reads 0 times favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch

My next big project is to construct a new outdoor shower enclosure at the back of my mother-in-law’s beach house.

The current phase is design, which I think I’ve finally finished using Sketchup. I had been struggling with Sketchup until I heard about a web site called where there were tutorials specifically for using sketchup for woodworking. That got me hooked and within a week of starting Sketchup I’ve come up with a very complete model of exactly what I want to build.

If you haven’t used Sketchup yet or are hesitating or just can’t figure out how to get started, check it out and check out sketchupforwoodworkers and watch the tutorials. You’ll be amazed at how fast you can build a model of exactly what you want to do and be able to see it 3D and rotate it around, looking at it with and without parts of it displayed. It’s a truly marvelous tool, and the best part is, it’s free.

I was fortunate to have some friends over about 10 days ago and mentioned this project to my woodworker buddies and one of my friends said “Hey, I have a pile of cedar beams stacked in my back yard that I need to get rid of to make way for a new shed.” Well, my son and I went over there and to my delight I found 38 beams (2.625” x 5.5” x 6’). That’s a lot of cedar. Perfect for an outdoor shower. So, it’s now stacked in my garage and I’ll start milling it up this week. It’s nice to have friends!

My design was built around this pile of wood! Here’s what I’m planning, complete with pergola, shower grates, etc:

and here’s a view of what the “bones” look like with the vertical siding boards installed:

-- Neal, somewhere near Boston

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#1 posted 06-16-2009 08:08 PM

Ron Hazelton built an outdoor enclosure on his program a while back – see “how to build an outdoor shower enclosure”.

Yours is much more decorative, but he placed his posts on concrete footers to avoid problems with their bases sitting in water and rotting.

-- Derek, Bremerton WA --

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#2 posted 08-13-2009 03:12 AM

I love this design!!!!!!

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#3 posted 08-15-2009 02:42 PM

Thanks Mytoya – The frame parts are all completed and some pre-assembly has taken place. I hope to have it completely constructed on-site by Labor Day.

-- Neal, somewhere near Boston

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