Friday, July 11, 2014

Outdoor Showers

Growing up I learned quickly that summer time meant 10 cent lemonade stands, waking up early to fish or crab, fun dip at swim meets, white blonde hair, freeze pops on a humid Virginia summer day, Otis Redding and Jimmy Buffett, sailing on the Chesapeake Bay, slip 'n slides, sand in my bathing suit bottom, and outdoor showers. 

I don't know what it is about outdoor showers, but in my opinion, they represent everything good in this life. They remind me of long, hot summer days…relaxation…simplicity…family vacations…and wholesome, refreshing days.  Every house we've ever rented or stayed in at the beach, lake or river that has an outdoor shower is 5 stars in my book. I could care less if the place has cable tv, a fancy bar or pool, or a killer view…give me an outdoor shower and I am sold! 

So when I asked Andrew last year if we could build an outdoor shower, I got no arguments!  Just two weeks ago we went to a pool party and there was an outdoor shower. I suddenly had this urge to have one of my own…NOW…before the summer disappears into the fall leaves. So as Andrew and I are discussing house projects and priorities, I quickly moved "kickass outdoor shower" to the top of the list and bumped "stairs to front porch" just below. Sorry mail lady and visitors…eventually, we will have steps to our front door again, but for now, we have a kickass outdoor shower. 

My future husband stole my heart again with this one...

How it all came together: 
Epay wood - leftover from Andrew's sister's house
Mixer and shower head - Home Depot, installed by Andrew
Towel Hooks - Pottery Barn (on backorder)
Monkey's Fist - DIY by Andrew
Brass Cleat - Repurposed from a boat

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