How to Remove and Prevent Limescale and Other Water-Related Nuisances

shutterstock_561372949Hard water, while not a health risk, presents a number of concerns to homeowners as it causes mineral buildup on pipes, plumbing fixtures and heating systems over time. If your home is affected by limescale, regular cleaning and preventative maintenance will be required both for aesthetics and to protect your plumbing systems.

Diligence & Regularity

The key to keeping tabs on limescale in your home is to not let calcium deposits get out of control in the first place. Thicker limescale deposits become exponentially more difficult to remove. Cleaning fixtures as soon as water stains start to appear will require a lot less elbow grease.

Commercial vs. All-Natural Products

Another advantage to nipping your limescale problem in the bud early is the ability to use all-natural solutions instead of harsh chemicals.

For lighter stains, a solution of white vinegar and water or lemon juice will dissolve and remove deposits. The longer you leave the cleaning agents to soak the better the results.

Hot Water Heater Maintenance

Given that heat is a contributing factor to limescale buildup, the elements of your hot water heater are particularly susceptible to calcium and magnesium deposits. Elements coated in these minerals perform poorly, are inefficient and eventually fail. When left untreated for too long, deposits in your tank will cause rattling and banging.

Routinely flushing your water tank is an important preventative measure to remove mineral particles before they can adhere to vital parts:

  1. Shut off the electricity or close the gas line.
  2. Wait for the water to cool. (Run a load of laundry, take a shower or wash the dishes to speed up the process.)
  3. Close the cold-water intake valve.
  4. Connect a hose to the drain valve and empty the tank safely outside your home.
  5. Once empty, remove the hose, close the drain and open the intake valve to refill the tank.
  6. Turn the electricity or gas back on. Reignite pilot light if required.

At a bare minimum, your tank should be flushed twice per year. Repeat more often in areas where water is especially hard. Remove electrodes and soak them in white vinegar 4–6 hours to prolong the life of your water heater.

Cleaning Household Appliances

Most appliances can be cleaned by simply running vinegar or lemon juice through the system.

  • For dishwashers and washing machines, simply pour a concentrated solution in where the detergent usually goes and run as normal.
  • For electric kettles and coffee makers, heat the solution and allow it to soak overnight.

Kitchen & Bath

Soaking rags in vinegar and wrapping them around taps and faucets is a great way to remove limescale. To clean screens or showerheads, tie a plastic bag filled with cleaning solution around the end of the fixture and allow it to soak overnight.

For toilets, sinks and tubs, you may need a commercial grade product to fully remove stains. In severe cases, a pumice stone will help remove thick deposits.

A Full-Scale Solution

Investing in a water-softening system is perhaps the most reliable method for controlling limescale throughout your entire home. A water softener works by exchanging “hard” ions of calcium and magnesium with softer ions, usually sodium.

Over time the system will run out of sodium ions, however, and need replacement.

While maintaining a water-softening system certainly carries a cost, the cost-benefit analysis usually shows long-term gains in a lack of damage to pipes, plumbing fixtures and household appliances.

As an added bonus, soaps and detergents are more effective when applied with soft water. Following the installation of a water softener, homeowners report cleaner dishes, cleaner clothes and a more pleasant bathing experience.

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Tips for Planning a Powder Room

shutterstock_548922013Putting in a half bath is one of the most common renovation projects. It’s an easy way to add value to the price of your home and a convenient addition for older homes not equipped with a powder room for guests.

Having a dedicated guest bathroom offers several benefits:

  • Easy to keep clean: Be ready for visitors at a moment’s notice.
  • Maintains privacy: Who wants to worry about company seeing your dirty clothes and prescription bottles?
  • Design freedom: A small bath allows you to splurge on materials or go with an outside-the-box theme.

Once you’ve got a powder room, you’ll wonder how you ever lived without one. Here are a few ideas for planning the perfect half bath for your home.

The Essentials

The powder room is a unique space in the home in that bigger is decidedly not better. A half-bath shouldn’t be spacious. It should be just the right size. Shoot for 3 to 4 by 6 to 8 feet with 5×10’ as a maximum.

Always include all three critical elements: toilet, sink & mirror. You’re better off going with a tighter fit than foregoing a small vanity.

Conserve Those Inches

For room dimensions on the small side, opt for a traditional toilet as opposed to the more modern elongated bowl. Saving three inches can make a world of difference and comfort isn’t as important in a bathroom that’s only used on occasion.

Remember that the sink is only there for a quick wash of the hands. You’re better off going with a basin that’s fancy and small. Try to maintain a minimum of 24 inches in front of the sink.

Go Bespoke on Storage

A vanity with cupboard and drawers is not a powder room requirement, but it’s nice to have a place to store extra toilet paper, hand soap and perhaps cleaning products or a plunger.

Instead of trying to squeeze in a pre-built vanity that just doesn’t fit right, commission a custom cabinet to best take advantage of limited space. It’s a small investment that pays big dividends.

Splurge With the Details

Dress your powder room to impress. With so few square feet to decorate you can afford to upgrade the flooring, wall covering, lighting and fixtures.

A gorgeous vessel sink and high-end faucet can really set the tone for a relatively low cost compared to what a standard room renovation looks like.

A Boost of Extra Privacy

Given that a powder room is generally located near the living room or dining area to accommodate guests, consider adding additional insulation as a buffer against sound.

  • Cellulose insulation can easily be blown into wall cavities if you are not replacing the drywall.
  • Use Type X 5/8 inch fireproof drywall as it’s denser and more sound resistant.
  • Seal with acoustic caulk.
  • Wrap pipes before closing the wall. The same material used to protect against freezing also absorbs sound.
  • Install a door sweep and/or door gasket.

Speaking of privacy, try to aim for discrete door placement. Ideally the toilet will not be visible with the door open.

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Top Plumbing Myths & the Truth Behind Them

shutterstock_162994757Hot water to wash grease down the drain? Lemons to freshen up a smelly garbage disposal? A brick in your toilet tank to lower your water bill?

Classic plumbing myths that are not only false but can cause damage and cost you money.

In this post, we’ll debunk these old wives’ tales and more.

Melting the Fat Away

Let’s start with our first myth. That hot water dissolves grease and helps it to flow down the drain.

Not true.

Heated fat will actually do the opposite, sticking to your pipes and creating a layer of oily grime that slowly chokes your pipe over time. Hot water mixed with grease will cause clogs, not prevent them.

Solution: Ideally, fats & oils should be disposed of in the garbage can and not the sink. If you do plan to pour them down the drain, always run cold water so that the grease congeals and washes away in it’s solid form.

And Now on to the Lemons

The smell of freshly squeezed lemons is absolutely wonderful – but there are two reasons why citrus in its natural state shouldn’t be used to freshen a stink garbage disposal.

  1. While pleasant, the odor is temporary. Instead of dealing with the root cause, you’re simply masking a problem that will return in a day or two.
  2. Lemon juice is acidic and can corrode through the blades or moving parts of your disposal unit.

Solution: Soap & water. You can also save up your eggshells from breakfast and run them through the grinder to clean debris off the blades.

More Fun with Garbage Disposals

  • Here’s a doozy. Run ice through your disposal to sharpen the blades. Nope, that doesn’t hurt anything but it certainly won’t do any sharpening.
  • All food waste is safe to go through the garbage disposal. Sure, only if you want to damage blades and cause clogs! Hard materials such as bone should never go into your disposal and tough rinds and peels (banana, orange, watermelon) shouldn’t either.

 Things that Don’t Belong in the Tank

Back to this idea about keeping a brick in the toilet tank to cut down on water usage. Over time, as the brick deteriorates the particles can damage your flapper and cause a leak.

One too many bricks will displace so much water that you might not get a full flush – leading to potential clogs and double flushing.

But worse than a brick are chlorine tablets. This tall tale meant to keep your bowl smelling fresh will lead to rusted out toilet parts in less than a year.

Dreaded Wet Wipes

Every plumber’s worst nightmare.

Homeowners intrinsically believe that wet wipes, paper towels, makeup removal pads and tampons are safe to flush down the toilet.

You may get away with it for a while but all of these items will eventually cause a backup if you push your luck.

Watch Out! Exploding Water Heaters

While a banging hot water heater can certainly give you one heckuva fright, the truth is that no matter how loud it gets there’s no danger of explosion.

The rumbling and banging is caused by hard water sediment settling on your heating element. As hot water is prevented from rising by the calcium & lime deposits air bubbles form and rise to the top. These bubbles expand and cause the tank to pop.

While not dangerous, a hot water heater that is making a lot of noise is much less efficient and can use more gas or electricity to heat the same amount of water.

Solution: Drain your hot water heater periodically to flush sediment. You may need to repeat several times to remove enough from the tank for the noises to stop.

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Discover the Benefits of Hiring Online Interior Design

shutterstock_427241281Every homeowner dreams of one day hiring a professional interior designer. Someone with extensive industry knowledge and the expertise to craft each room in your home to suit your personal tastes and needs.

The problem is that even for homeowners with a sizable renovation budget, a traditional interior designer doesn’t come cheap.

But thanks to technology, the cost of contracting a truly talented designer has plummeted to prices that you wouldn’t believe.

Not only is hiring online design help more affordable than ever, it’s easier, faster and, since it’s all done over the computer or with your smartphone, you can hire anyone in the country—or world for that matter!

4 Distinct Advantages

Along with massive cost savings, there are a host of other benefits to be gained from hiring an interior designer online:

  • No time commitments/restraints. With no need to schedule in-home visits both you and your designer can work on your own schedule and at your own speed.
  • Better prices for materials/furnishings. A professional designer will be more adept at stretching your renovation budget in ways you might not have considered.
  • Flat fees. Paying a traditional designer by the hour can add up. Flat fees ensure that your final price is the same as your quoted price.
  • Quick feedback. Designers who work online are able to multitask and manage many clients at one time. It’s easier to keep up on communication when you’re not driving around town from job site to job site.

How it Works

The basic process is roughly the same, regardless of which website you go with. After signing up you’ll first be asked to take a design quiz online. Questions are intelligently arranged to determine your personal design tastes.

Depending on your design style, a list of designers best suited for your project will then be recommended.

Once you have chosen a designer it’s time to upload photos and take measurements of each room you’d like to have professionally redone. All of this is completed with nothing more than your smartphone and a tape measure.

This is also the point in the process where you’ll provide customized information such as furniture you’d like to keep, specific colors or materials you’d like to see included or excluded and so on. For your kitchen and bath, it’s possible to pick out your favorite fixtures from the Consolidated Plumbing supply showroom and request that they be featured in the plans.

From here, what you receive in return varies from company to company and along different price levels. A low-end package might include 2 concept boards and a list of materials suggestions while a fully-customized plan will feature full renderings of each room including furniture placement and even a single in-home visit depending on your location.

Be sure you understand prior to purchase what level of service you have chosen.

Platforms to Consider

Four popular websites are paving the way in the online interior design industry. Take some time to get to know each platform as they work a little differently. Some designers charge by the room and others by the hour, and you can get package deals for your entire house or even pay $100 to have multiple designers vie for your business with sample ideas for one room in your home.

 

How Do I Purchase the Materials?

Designers will always suggest products that can either be found locally or via a third party vendor that will arrange for delivery.

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Most Frequently Asked Plumbing Questions

shutterstock_118647286Professional plumbers hear certain questions over and over again.

Let’s get you up to speed on home plumbing basics by covering the most frequently asked about topics.

Why does my drain get clogged?

Slow drains and stubborn clogs are two of the most common recurring plumbing issues faced at home.

Most blockages in the kitchen can be prevented by paying more attention to what you wash down the drain. Even a garbage disposal unit shouldn’t be a replacement for a trash can.

In the bathroom, however, clogs will form slowly over time through normal usage. Hair, oils, shampoo, soaps and other body products leave residue over time that need to be periodically washed away. Read this helpful pipe maintenance post for cleaning tips.

How can i get more life out of plumbing fixtures/equipment?

Extending the lifespan of your water heater and fixtures is best done through the installation of a water softener system. Conditioning your water leads to less damaging scale build-up.

Why is my toilet running?

A toilet that won’t stop running is generally a sign that you need to replace your flapper.

But sometimes the chain simply needs to be readjusted so that the rubber sits properly on top of the flush valve.

Simply remove the lid to your tank and flush to investigate whether your flapper is creating a seal. If the flapper appears to be seated correctly but the toilet continues to run, the rubber is damaged and you need a new flapper.

Another possible cause of a running toilet is that the water level is set too high. If water is flowing into the overflow tube, adjust the float until the water level is approximately 1 inch below the top of the tube.

Why are we running out of hot water so quickly?

Declining hot water heater performance is usually attributed to scale build-up that prevents the heating elements from working properly or from complete element failure.

Pro Tip: Another cause for running out of hot water is simply that your hot water heater is not large enough for your household.

What causes a faucet to drip?

Most leaky faucets can be easily repaired by replacing the washers. To avoid washer damage in the future, turn off faucets gently and smoothly.

Why is my hot water heater leaking?

In most cases a leaky hot water heater means it’s time to buy a new one. Most leaks are caused by the inner tank rusting through and there is no way to repair this damage once it is done.

Extend the life of your water heater by replacing the sacrificial anode rod before it rusts away.

Are chemical drain cleaners safe to use?

Not really.

Chemical drain cleaners can cause damage to your drain pipes that lead to much bigger problems than dealing with a clog.

Use all natural bacteria & enzymes to clear clogs, even if you need to be more patient when waiting for the product to work.

What should i do in the event of a major water leak?

At the first sign of a major water leak you need to shut off the main intake valve at the street.

Some valves require a special tool to be turned. Remember that the time to purchase this tool and locate your main intake valve is right now –not when a pipe has burst and water is filling up your home.

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8 Must Haves for a Truly Designer-Quality Bath

GettyImages-497127908Upgrading to a sumptuous home spa can transform your daily routine. Instead of the bathroom being a place to bathe and “do your business,” it becomes a space to relax, get away and escape from stress and worries.

And while a lavish soaking tub, rainwater shower head and soothing body sprays are the first luxuries you’d think to include in your design scheme, not all designer upgrades are so obvious. Here are eight ideas to elevate your bath to the next level and beyond.

1. Elegant Tile

High-quality paint, laminate or wallpaper can absolutely replace low-quality tile. But no wall or floor covering can hold a candle to the sophistication of high-end tilework. Tile is smooth, classy and luxurious. Plus, floor to ceiling coverage means you won’t have to worry about splashing water on the walls.

2. High-End Toilet

On the surface it may seem wasteful to spend money on an expensive toilet when those funds could be used for upgrading “fun” pieces such as lighting or plumbing fixtures.

But you likely only feel that way because you’ve never owned a high-end toilet. A quality toilet won’t leak, is easier to clean, continues to look new for years to come and provides simple lines for a more contemporary look.

3. Custom Vanity

Whether you refurbish an antique armoire with vessel sinks or invest in a custom-built masterpiece, no designer bathroom will ever feature a stock vanity. Along with lighting, the vanity is one of the few pieces in the room where you can get truly creative and think outside the box.

4. Heated Floors

In-floor radiant heating ensures your home spa getaway stays cozy 365 days a year. The technology is surprisingly affordable, especially given that this heating technique is very energy efficient.

5. A Feature Wall

Choose a wall, any wall, and make it pop. If money is no object, consider a gorgeous stone slab. Other options include a tile mosaic or floor to ceiling mirrors.

6. A Touch of Nature

A potted plant or fern adds warmth to your bath and makes the space feel comforting and inviting.

Depending on your climate, a small cactus or bonsai tree are great options that require very minimal care. Some homeowners simply adore the smell of fresh cut flowers from the garden.

7. Statement Lighting

A well-planned bathroom lighting scheme balances the need for ambient, task and accent lighting. But a luxury designer bath features a fourth element: A statement making chandelier or pendant hung purely for aesthetics.

8. Unlimited Storage

A lavish bathroom needs plenty of extra space to store oversized fluffy towels, bathrobes, candles, essential oils, bath salts and all the extra goodies you need to unwind and escape.

You may not equate storage with luxury but it’s hard to relax in a room filled with clutter!

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Hot Kitchen Design Trends for 2017

GettyImages-682477604Ready to knock it out of the park with your kitchen renovation? We’ve scoured the web in search of the hottest design trends so you don’t have to. Impress visitors to your new kitchen with style and panache!

Stay Organized

First and foremost, kitchen upgrades should be about improving the usability of the space. and if there’s one thing you’re always short of in the kitchen it’s more storage.

Nip this problem in the bud with pullouts, rollouts and extra-deep drawers for dishes, crockery, pots and pans.

Sterility isn’t Just for the Hospital

Bold can be beautiful, but the most common color palette for modern kitchens is white or off-white (eggshell, cream, beige or gray). Nothing looks cleaner than a white kitchen—but remember that keeping a white kitchen sparkling clean is part of the equation.

Those not content with a white color scheme might opt for color-block schemes to contrast light countertops and cabinets. Green is in for 2017 as well as dark gray or even black.

A Space to Chill

The rise of the open-concept kitchen slash family room floor plan is changing the way we think about the space. Instead of being a dedicated work space, the kitchen is now an active gathering area.

Adding furniture pieces that wouldn’t normally belong in a kitchen is a great way to make the room more welcoming and meld it together with the rest of your home. Along the same lines, it’s not uncommon these days to hang a flatscreen TV as part of a kitchen makeover.

Dedicated Wine Storage

With each passing year American homeowners become more epicurean. Adding unique wine storage or even a built-in wine refrigerator takes your culinary dreams to the next level.

There’s no reason that an amateur chef should have amateur wine storage. A gorgeous exposed wine rack can add utility and glamor to any kitchen.

Down with Tradition?

Traditional kitchen style is slowly being taken over by contemporary and even industrial motifs. Would be restaurateurs are loving a kitchen that feels more like a chic New York gastro-pub and less like grandma’s place.

The one exception is the farmhouse. While hardly a new concept, farmhouse style is popular in suburban homes wanting to create an ambiance that’s more country and less urban.

Mountain Modern

Imagine the kitchen theme at an upscale ski retreat in Colorado. Now, transpose these basic design concepts to your kitchen at home.

Think “lodge” and not “cabin”: Concrete countertop. Thick, rustic wood features. Hardwood floors. Big windows and tons of natural light.

Coffee Stations

Gone are Folger’s Crystals forever. Today’s homeowner owns several different types of coffee brewing apparatuses. Why not include a space to house and utilize this equipment properly?

Bye-Bye Kitchen Table

Who would ever have envisioned a future where the kitchen table is obsolete? It’s here, and it’s called a gourmet food prep island with seating for the whole family.

Upscale Appliances

As Americans take cooking more seriously, it only makes sense that we’d upgrade the capabilities of our basic kitchen tools. High-end refrigerators and ovens offer high-end features that will revolutionize meal prep.

Across the board, trends point to the kitchen of tomorrow being a much more gourmet affair. As our gastronomical abilities improve, so will our desire to have all the good stuff available to top chefs—right there in the comfort of our own homes.

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Guest Bathroom Design Ideas

GettyImages-469842642Renovating a guest bathroom is very different design-wise from upgrading your master en suite bath or revamping your home’s primary bathroom. Here are five nuances that distinguish guest bathroom design from a standard bath.

1. A Question of Size

The guest bath is often the smallest bathroom in the house. This means implementing proven design tricks to get more out of less square feet:

  • Install a pedestal or corner sink
  • Float the vanity
  • Hang an oversized mirror for the illusion of more depth
  • Choose smaller fixtures
  • Consider built-in storage
  • Extend countertop over toilet (or hang standalone shelf)

Embrace the smaller space by enjoying greater freedom when it comes to budget. With less room to fill and fewer things to buy, it’s easier to rationalize splashing out on a truly extraordinary sink or top-of-the-line faucet or shower head.

2. A Different Set of Needs

In your master bath, it’s vital to create a soothing getaway for relaxing after a long day of work. Since guests likely won’t be taking the time for a long soak with candles and wine in the tub, there’s no need to invest in a spa-like retreat.

A three-quarter bath with stand-up shower is more than sufficient for most guests’ daily needs. It’s okay to go more efficient and less luxurious.

Along a similar vein, guests won’t have the same storage requirements for soaps, toiletries and other bath accessories. It’s also not necessary to set aside storage space for dedicated cleaning supplies.

3. Fun and Bold

Take a walk on the wild side when it comes to decorating. Large, daring prints that may be over-the-top in a larger space can help give your guest bath some personality.

Unique bathroom fixtures, one-of-a-kind furnishings, clashing styles—the sky’s the limit as guest bathrooms are exempt from “matching” with the rest of your home’s theme or style.

The room should be warm and welcoming, but don’t be afraid to go out on a limb in an effort to entertain visitors to your home.

4. A Note on Half Baths

Many homes are equipped with a half-bath for company near common entertaining areas.

Like a bathroom meant for overnight guests, “hallway” baths are granted much more leeway stylistically and are often considered “standalone” spaces in the home.

The smaller the space, the freer you are to inject bright colors and eclectic design pieces.

5. On a Tight Budget?

Take advantage of less stringent design rules by mixing and matching and shopping the sale rack at your local plumbing supply showroom. You can pick up discounted high-quality pieces that have been discontinued or returned by other customers.

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Exploring Kohler’s Water Transforming Technologies

GettyImages-543340646Known for bold styles, enduring quality and flawless functionality, Kohler’s products are on the cutting edge of the plumbing supply industry. Many consumers take for granted the commitment to research and development required to consistently improve faucets, shower heads, toilets, sinks and more.

In this post, we’ll look at several of the revolutionary water transforming technologies Kohler has implemented to keep its product lines at the top of the pack.

Water Conservation

A great many of Kohler’s products qualify to be labeled as WaterSense approved. WaterSense is the Environmental Protection Agency’s partnership program which aims to promote water-efficient products, programs and practices across the United States.

  • Toilets: Approved toilets discharge 1.28 gallons of water or less with every flush. On average, a WaterSense toilet can save a family of four an incredible 16,500 gallons of water per fixture per year.
  • Shower heads and hand showers: A low water flow rate of 1.75 gpm (gallons per minute) is required to qualify for the WaterSense label. While a low flow rate is generally easy to achieve, the real challenge is designing fixtures that use less water while still providing sufficient pressure for a pleasant and effective shower. Kohler’s shower heads and hand showers perfectly balance conservation with functionality.
  • Faucets: Kohler’s special low-flow aerators can help save up to 45% in water usage every single day compared to a traditional 2.75 gpm fixture.

Touchless Faucets

Kohler’s Sensate line takes touch free faucet technology to a new level. The ability to turn your sink on and off simply by placing your hands in proximity of the tap helps keep your fixture clean and smudge free, particularly when your hands are sticky with bread dough or other messy food stuff.

ProMotion, DockNetik and MasterClean

For added convenience and cleansing power, many Kohler kitchen faucets feature pull-down spray heads for rinsing the sink or difficult to reach parts of pots and pans.

ProMotion and MasterClean technologies allow for the smooth and quiet removal of the spray head along with a forceful spray for kitchen cleanup. DockNetik is a magnetic system used to easily glide and lock the spray head back in place.

Numi

The gold standard for personal cleansing and comfort, Kohler’s Numi toilet is light years ahead of the competition.

From the motion activated automatic seat and cover to advanced bidet functionality, integrated air dryer, deodorizer, heated seat and more—there simply isn’t a more advanced toilet on the market.

A touchscreen remote allows you to save personal preferences. Quickly and easily enter your personal profile for your preferred comfort settings.

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Spruce Up Your Landscaping with an Outdoor Shower

GettyImages-490177530There are many reasons to consider the installation of an outdoor shower: Rinsing off before hopping into the pool or hot tub, washing up after a day of dirty yard work or simply cooling off on a hot summer day.

An outdoor shower can add both beauty and utility to your garden, not to mention dollars to the value of your home. Here are a variety of outdoor shower concepts, from simple and easy all the way up to back yard luxury.

Small Decisions with Big Consequences

The first step when designing any outdoor shower is determining whether you’re after a fully-enclosed private space for “true” bathing (soap, shampoo, the whole nine yards) or an open-air shower for use with a bathing suit and not your birthday suit!

You’ll also have to decide if the structure will be covered with a roof. Should your shower be exposed to the elements, you’ll need to take this into consideration when choosing the shower head and other fixtures.

Stone Age

An all-stone outdoor shower is a great way to recreate the refreshing sensation of dipping your head under a waterfall.

The construction is simple: Build a 2/3 circle half-moon brick wall with stucco on the outside and dark slate slabs for the interior walls. Adorn the floor with river rock inlays and complete the experience with an overhead rainwater shower head.

Short and Sweet

Small backyard with little room for building? Not a problem. With a simple concrete or wooden post you can install a shower head on a pull-chain for a quick soak or a rinse of your feet.

No drain required—simply plant grass or another foot traffic-proof ground cover under the water flow.

A Vacation Escape

Recreate the soothing ambience of a Mexican holiday rental villa with a gorgeous Talavera tiled shower enclosure. Complete the look with copper or brass fixtures designed to age gracefully with the elements.

Add a burst of vibrant color to your outdoor space and be sure to implement plenty of terra cotta flower pots showcasing the most tropical looking plants that will grow in your local climate.

Scandinavian Style Luxury

Not sure you’ll get enough use out of a standard outdoor shower? Upgrade to a sumptuous cedar sauna or steam bath. Nothing warms up a cold winter chill quite like hot stones and soothing vapor.

Consolidated Plumbing Supply is proud to be an approved vendor of Steamist brand residential steam shower equipment. An outdoor steam room might just be your ticket to year-round relaxation.

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