You’re seven steps away from the perfect outdoor shower

Kristin Sabat of Mattituck says, "We used cedar boards and 4x4s to frame it. There's a brick floor that's pitched to a drain in the middle that goes to a drywell. My husband and I use it every day from spring 'till fall unless it's pouring rain.

Kristin Sabat of Mattituck says, “We used cedar boards and 4x4s to frame it. There’s a brick floor that’s pitched to a drain in the middle that goes to a drywell. My husband and I use it every day from spring ’till fall unless it’s
pouring rain.

What’s not to love? You’ve just come back sandy from the beach or dirty from tilling the soil or sweaty from hiking the local trails (actually, no excuse needed) and you’re grubby, so you jump in the shower — make that your outdoor shower. 

You’re outdoors, with a view of the sky, the sun is shining (or the moon is gleaming) and warm water is running over you. What better way to clean off and just enjoy the moment? No muss, no fuss. 

Last summer Times/Review Newsgroup’s three papers asked readers to submit photos of their outdoor showers — and the response was tremendous. North Forkers clearly love their outdoor showers. The structures run the gamut: from a small, old-fashioned water drum, heated by the sun and hung on the side of the house, to professionally built showers with compartments, built-ins and high-end accessories. But a common theme runs throughout: We all love standing outside in the elements and have water pour over us. And most of us use them from the first sign of spring warmth until the bitter end of fall.