Outdoor Shower Progress

We started working on the outdoor shower (you can get pretty dirty on the island).

I know there are so many other projects I should start on, like the outhouse or the yurt/cabin.  But we choose to start with the shower because I felt like it was the easier project and I just need to see that we got at least on thing complete.

I was in Menard’s for hours on Saturday trying to everything we needed ordered, loaded, driven and then boated out to the location.  And it is still not complete.  The stones were very heavy; so we left those have to pick them up next week.  But we were able to get the basic structure complete this weekend- despite the unexpected rain! Yeah!!!




The structure consists of 4 premade cedar fence panels and 6 cedar 4×4 – 8’.


Everything was of course dog approved…


We dug the first hole, added the first post,


leveled it out,


then slowly filled the dirt back in and pounded it down.


Then we brought one of the panels over to determine where the next hole should go.  With two poles up, we attached the panels using clamps and 3” deck screws.


Repeat this until 3 panels are up.


The last panel, we cut the support in the back need so the panels were now in 5’ and a 3’ pieces and attach these )split them at 6 panels on one side and 10 on the other).



I love the look and the wonderful smell of the cedar and it was super easy to put up!  Next weekend, we hope to add the flooring, the benches, the shelves, hooks and the shower equipment (I hope we can get all of that done).

 For the shower equipment, we finally decided against the sun shower.  I have ordered a propane water heater + water pump + water filter so we can just pull water from the river for the shower.  This should be awesome! I like the sun showers, but you do have to fill them, lay them out in the sun, move theto your shower (before the sun starts going down) and then use them quick.

My original plans:

Primitive Shower Plans


  1. Jo said,

    July 23, 2013 at 10:55 am

    Wow, I love this. I have always wanted an outdoor shower “just because”. Can’t wait to see your hot water hook up. Tat might be all that’s holding me up. Jo @ Let’s Face the Music

  2. Cinn said,

    July 29, 2013 at 6:49 pm

    Awesome! I have always wanted an outdoor shower.

  3. babywren said,

    July 31, 2013 at 5:00 am

    This is great!

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