The winters can be harsh where Jim Lobley lives in western Massachusetts, but he still wanted to shower outdoors. "I thought it would be great to have something I could set up wherever, and not have to dig trenches and put up a permanent installation," said Mr. Lobley, who had his own design-build firm. "And then in the fall, I could just roll up the hoses and bring them inside and wouldn't have to worry about things freezing."
He consulted his friend Kirsten Oxboel, a former merchandiser for Urban Outfitters, and they tossed around ideas about materials and design. "We wanted our materials to be absolutely beautiful," Ms. Oxbel said. "Too many outdoor showers are very bare bones." The result is a collection of prefab showers made of dark red meranti, a sustainable hardwood from Malaysia. The handmade panels are held together by a stainless-steel frame that the two partners say should take less than 30 minutes to put together. Disassembled, the pieces are easily stored in winter. The kits also come with fixtures by Hansgrohe and Axor that are connected to a garden hose.
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This article originally appeared in The New York Times.