You may not be very familiar without outdoor shower enclosures, because they don’t get quite as much attention as your typical indoor, luxury shower or whirlpool tub, but if you live in a warm climate with a pool in your backyard or you live near the shore and happen to be a beach bum, outdoor shower enclosures could be something of interest for you. Outdoor showers are used for a variety of purposes, such as rinsing off before or after using the pool, rinsing off sand after going to the beach so that it doesn’t get traipsed into the house, rinsing off dirty kids after playing outside or washing up after a bit of gardening or outdoor work, and it can even be used for washing the family dog so that you’re spared the trouble of making a mess inside. Outdoor showers have been around for quite some time, but they are normally viewed as a luxury item and may not have practical use for everyone. If you’re interested in finding out more about outdoor shower enclosures and the different designs available, check out some of our favorites listed below.

Think About Style
When you’re considering the right shower enclosure to install in your backyard, it’s important to know what kind of style you want and what will work best with your existing home and yard design. If your home features a contemporary design with a luxurious style, your shower enclosure will probably match what you already have in place. If your home features a minimalistic design with clean corners, your shower enclosure will most likely be minimalistic with a clean, fresh design.

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Consider the Materials
Another thing to consider when choosing the right shower enclosure for your home is to consider the material that you want to use for the construction. Keep in mind that your shower enclosure will be outside and over time, it will be forced to withstand the natural damages that come with frequent water usage, time, and weather conditions. One of the most common materials for shower enclosures is wood, but materials also include plastic, steel, and more.

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Choose the Location
Finally, before installing an outdoor shower enclosure, it’s important to consider the location of the shower unit. Ideally, the shower should be located in a place where the water will not create damage or disrepair. If you have a drain at the bottom of the shower, that’s great, but most outdoor shower enclosures allow the water to run free, whether into dirt, grass, rocks, etc. Furthermore, if possible, try to locate the shower next to the pool or wherever you think you will be using it the most. If you have an outdoor shower, you don’t want it to be so inconveniently located that you end up almost never using it.

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These are just some of the starting points to consider when you want to install an outdoor shower enclosure on your property. Shower enclosures can feel like a luxurious addition to your home and give your backyard a whole new look. The yard will cease to be simply functional and will feel more luxurious and resort-like. Do you have an outdoor shower enclosure? If so, what kind of things did you consider before putting it up? Leave your feedback and suggestions in the comments below and let us know if we left out any essential information!

We all have those restless moments when we want to do something different with the décor when the timing and budget just couldn’t be more wrong. Sometimes, however, you just need to do something different so that you don’t end up pulling your hair out. If you want to make some changes to your bathroom décor, but you’re on a strict budget, there are still some small and simple tweaks that you can perform to make your bathroom feel like it was given a significant upgrade. Upgrading the décor doesn’t always mean replacing the big hardware, like showers or vanities. Instead, you can choose to make simple decorative adjustments that will still change the room’s appearance and give it a new vibe without taking everything from your budget.

Repaint
Repainting is one of the simplest and easiest ways to give your bathroom an upgrade.  When you paint, it doesn’t just have to be on the walls or other common painted areas. Consider painting your vanity a new color, repaint your floors if they are made of wood, or paint another piece of furniture in the bathroom. The new color along with the touch up will make your bathroom feel like a completely new room and it will be a big change with a small impact on your wallet.

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Invest in New Hardware
By hardware, we don’t mean all of the bathroom’s biggest appliances. Sometimes, some of the basics will do the trick. A new towel rack, toilet paper roller, soap dispenser, etc. will make the room feel enlivened. Changing the cabinet and vanity handles can also help to give the bathroom an upgrade. These things tend to look pretty dingy and rusty over time, so having some new hardware to replace them could ultimately become the upgrade your bathroom needed all along.

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Recycle
Sometimes, the biggest deterrent in a bathroom is the amount of perceived clutter and mess. This is especially true of small bathrooms where storage is limited and additional storage may be either too costly or too impractical. If you have even the smallest room for additional storage, consider using old wooden crates for additional storage. These can not only make great small, compact storage bins, but they can also be a decorative and stylistic statement for your bathroom.

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These are just some of our favorite budget bathroom décor ideas, but you’re sure to find many more with a little bit of research and a lot of creativity. What changes have you made to your bathroom with a limited budget? What are your favorite bathroom décor DIY hacks? Leave your suggestions and feedback in the comments below – we’d love to share your ideas!

When it comes to deciding on the material you’d like to use for your bathroom vanity countertops, you may be stuck at a crossroads. Both granite and marble are two of the most popular countertop materials for bathrooms, but how do you make that final decision when it comes to choosing one of them? As with everything, there are positive and negative aspects to consider with each material before making that final investment. Countertops are important because they add to both the function and décor of your bathroom, so it’s important to make sure you consider the impact of each material before making your final decision. Below, we’ve included some of the things you’ll want to consider if you find yourself between a rock and a hard place.

Marble
Marble is often viewed as a luxury item, and it’s not exclusive to countertops. The most contemporary and luxurious bathrooms make great use of marble, using it for walls, shower interiors, tub exteriors, and more. Marble is also slightly more expensive than granite. Marble starts at approximately $25 more per square inch than the cost of granite. Marble is less resistant to chips, scratches, and stains. If not cared for very carefully, marble will begin to show signs of wear and tear over the years, and it is difficult to restore pieces of the marble that are chipped or stained. Marble holds larger more spacious patterns and gives off that luxurious appearance that is often associated with this type of stone. Ultimately, marble may provide your bathroom with a more appealing design, but will be more costly and require a greater level of maintenance and overall care.

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Granite
Granite’s design differs from that of marble and it is easy to recognize by a few tell-tale signs. Granite has grains that are recognizable in specks throughout the material. The design is typically smaller and can include a multitude of colors such as blue, green, orange, pink and red. Granite is harder than marble so it is more durable and resistant to chips and scratches. Both granite and marble are porous, so without a seal, liquids can penetrate the materials and leave permanent stains. However, with a seal, granite is ultimately more resistant to stains and can withstand water damage longer. Over the course of ownership, granite ultimately requires less maintenance than does marble. Furthermore, granite will save you about a quarter of the price of marble per square inch.

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When comes down to that final decision, it really just depends on your specific taste in the difference appearances between granite and marble, especially if you are trying to achieve a certain color pattern. Cost may also be a factor, especially for larger vanities and countertops. The last thing to consider is the maintenance that you are willing to put out for your bathroom countertop over its lifespan. If it will experience minimal to no use by adults exclusively, marble might be a great option; but if the countertops will experience frequent use by children or guests, granite might be the smarter choice.