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Garden showers: what you need to know

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What's better than a shower in the middle of the garden to cool off in the summer? Maison Magazine gives you three tips to install your outdoor shower at a glance ...

1. How to install a garden shower?

To refresh or rinse after a swim, the outdoor shower is a luxury not necessarily expensive. Only condition, have a water supply. The garden hose is sufficient if you tolerate cool or ice water. However, if you want a temperate water, you must connect to the hot water tank: the operation becomes more complex. As for the evacuation, the ideal is to connect it to that of the sewage of the house. But if the shower serves as a supplement and you do not use soap or shampoo, you can let the water run through the garden.

2. Which model to choose?

There are commercially available kits ready to install at any price, from the simple metal rod to file in the ground (25 euros, Gardena) to the refined model with teak base and integrated mixer ("Delta" Inga Sempe design for Tectona, 1,650 euros). There are wooden columns ("Niagara", 399 euros, Maisons du monde), braided resin ("Summer", 622 euros, Garden Ambiances) or metal ("Inox Round", 1,280 euros, From a garden to the other). Head more or less adjustable, column equipped with a fogger or tap footwash: different options are possible. In the radius of news, the footwash stations are both practical and space-saving. Equipped with a tap and a hand shower, they measure 1 m high (from 750 euros from one garden to another).

3. Solar heating for my shower?

To avoid the test of the iced jet while maintaining a light installation (direct connection to the garden hose), you can opt for the solar shower ("Kyoga", 35 liters, 169 euros, Blooma at Castorama). The water is heated by the sun's rays in a tank of black material (PVC or lacquered metal) or equipped with solar collectors. The tank is located in the base or back of the shower column, depending on its capacity (10 to 40 liters). Be careful not to underestimate the needs: the liters flow quickly, and it takes a minimum of 2 hours for a well exposed tank to be heated. Favor models equipped with a mixer to regulate the temperature.

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