There are many things to consider when building an outdoor bathroom. Do you want it to be just a bathroom or to have showers and toilets too? Does it need an enclosure? Does it have a view? In what weather will you use it? These are all questions you must answer before you start designing your outdoor bathroom
There’s obviously a big difference between building an outdoor bathroom for you and your family than for a business. For the purpose of this guide, we will stick to private residential bathrooms only.
Open or enclosed bathroom
If you just want somewhere for people to clean up before jumping in the pool, you might get away with just installing an outdoor shower. If that is what you want, you can browse our catalog here for high-quality outdoor showers.
On the other hand, if you want somewhere to bathe while appreciating nature, under the warm summer sun, you may have to build an enclosure. Here’s our guide to help you choose which enclosure material is right for you.
You may also decide that enjoying the outdoors is more important than privacy. In that case, you can build it completely open and use a swimsuit. Alternatively, you can build a privacy screen that you can remove with a pulley system. Allowing you to get naked, hop in the tub, and then removing the privacy screen.
Ceiling or open-air
This one will depend mostly on the weather in your location. If you use it mostly during the summer months under a beautiful warm sun, just building a privacy screen around it should be enough. Bathing in the sunlight can be an incredibly relaxing experience.
If, on the other hand, this bathroom is going to be built somewhere with a lot of rain or snow, you might want to build a ceiling on it. This will also allow you to build a sink and wooden storage units next to the bathtub. There you can keep all your bathing products, so you can draw yourself a bubble bath with scented candles without having to run back to the house to get them.
If you don’t build a ceiling, then it will get wet every time it rains. This is not a problem for bathrooms that only have a bathtub. But if you want a sink, mirror, and storage, then you’ll have to build it using waterproof materials.
Another thing that can affect this decision is how close it is to nearby buildings. Unless you want to give your neighbors a strip show, you might be forced to build a ceiling if there’s a tall structure near your outdoor bathroom.
Using it during the winter months
Some bathrooms are also used during the winter months, especially if they have an amazing view. You can build your bathroom so that it has a way to be sealed from the elements. A panoramic glass wall is an ideal solution. That way, it can be opened during the warmer seasons to enjoy the fresh air and closed during the winter an still enjoy a great view. That is a very popular design in skiing towns.
You can also add a hot tub to your outdoor bathroom area. That way, you can have a couple of drinks with some friends or your partner while relaxing under the sun, bathing in scalding hot water.
There are many aspects to take into account when building an outdoor bathroom. Don’t forget to check out our outdoor bathroom enclosure guide, so you can build one that suits your home’s aesthetic.