URBANITES: Consider the real estate luxuries that have consumed your thoughts, occupied your daydreams, perhaps even encroached upon your bank accounts, from the relatively modest your own washer and dryer to the truly extravagant your own pool on the roof. There is one that may not have occurred to you. The outdoor shower, that staple of summers by the lake or the sea, offers a mix of the rustic a simple wooden stall and the pristine the glorious outdoors , even in the context of the city. It allows you to slip away, reveling in the combination of hot water and cool air on a spring morning, or the converse on a summer afternoon. Mike Bennett, 51, is one of the true believers, willing to doff the swimsuit and bathe outside when the weather is warm. Yes, in the nude, in the city, where neighbors are inches, not acres, away. On warm-weather mornings, Mr.
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I have taken a shower outside a few times, and I was naked. The first time, I was a young teenager and used an outdoor shower to rise the sand off at the beach. I was with two girls my age when we went in. I thought we were just going to rinse off and return to the boat and get back to the cottage. Oce inside, we were rinsing off when both girls took off their suits so they could get the sand out of them. They told me to get my suit off also, to get the sand out of it. I, a virgin at the time, was reluctant.
What did each of the clients say to you about what they wanted with an outdoor shower? Matt: They were interested in having a shower that was convenient to them when returning from the beach, close to the driveway and also nearby the bedroom wing to act as a second shower option for the three bedrooms on the first floor that share a bathroom. The shower offers privacy from neighbors, as well as from any spaces in the house, and has a bench space for changing. The shower geometry opens to the north, framing views of the Elizabeth Islands, and is equipped with flush step lighting so that it can be used after sunset as well. Matt: The shower was built several months after the home was completed. The aesthetic for the shower developed from a series of details that were used for outdoor portions of the house, and a guiding suggestion from the owners to maintain an overall cohesion. Within this design parameter, SMC shaped the geometry of the shower and detailing to create a playful folly in the landscape. The shower design is an extension of that same curve. It also follows the proportions of the golden mean, a ratio found throughout the natural world, spiraling like a nautilus shell into a central tree post for the showerhead.
Outdoor showers have to be one of the most brilliantly executed marketing ploys of island living. I, too, will admit to being fooled by its smoke and mirrors allure in my early island days. I think so many of us find ourselves on a rock, marveling at almost everything that is worlds away from our past lives by comparison. But after living on a rock for so many years now, having had most of my paradise fantasies crushed , I was justifiably wary when I noticed that the house we were considering renting had an outdoor shower only — no indoor option available as a back-up. All I could think when I peered out from the safety of the screened in portion of the bathroom was: mosquitoes.