window over bathtub and in shower

robinleJune 24, 2013

We are remodeling two bathrooms. It will be a rental. It is a 1960's ranch style. We have made two bathrooms from one and took space from the bedroom closet to make the master bathroom. The guest bathroom has a window over the bathtub. The bathtub can be used also as a shower. The master bathroom shower, ended up being where a window is. The walls with the windows will be tiled.
I need advice and would be thankful for input. Should we put glass blocks in the windows? This would give privacy and let light in. If we use glass blocks should we keep the window area large and fill in the whole area with glass blocks or should we just have two rows of glass blocks?The windows are old and have to be replaced, so should we just replace them? If you have any ideas please let me know.

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Check out this glass block window manufacturer.

Here is a link that might be useful: Hy_lite Glass Block

    Bookmark   June 24, 2013 at 3:20PM
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We had this problem with our bath remodel last year. Our house was also built in the 60's and has windows in both showers that were rotting. We had to do a complete, to-the-studs remodel to fix the rotting studs which resulted from moisture getting in from this window.

Our solution was a vinyl window with obscure privacy glass with grilles between the panes to be as consistent as possible with the look of the other windows from the outside. It's also safety glass for code purposes.

I've attached the frightening before photo - you can see we had to have blinds in the shower! I'll post the after photo in the next post.

    Bookmark   June 25, 2013 at 11:12AM
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Here is the after photo showing the replacement window with the privacy glass. We've done many experiments with someone standing in the backyard while another showers to make sure you can't see more than you'd like, and this solution has been great.

    Bookmark   June 25, 2013 at 11:14AM
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We had a window in our 1920 house that was probably originally over a clawfoot tub without a shower. We replaced it with one that was shorter (low edge is now about shoulder height). We'll either put an obscuring film over it or hang a stained glass window, though it's now high enough that privacy isn't an issue.

We've got vinyl siding on the exterior, so it wasn't a big deal to close it up.

Before/not-yet-after photos:

1 Like    Bookmark   June 25, 2013 at 12:17PM
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