interior windows

ontariomomFebruary 2, 2013

Hi all,

I want to put an interior fixed window between a windowless bathroom, and a laundry room that has a window. The laundry room window is ten feet across from the bathroom wall where the interior window would go. The bathroom ceiling height is 8 feet, so the window will need to be quite short, and probably frosted or somehow obscured for privacy in the bath. My motivation for the interior window is to bring some natural light into the bathroom. BTW, we have considered a sun tunnel, but we can't get the tunnel to this location.

How would I go about purchasing a suitable interior window? Would I get a trim carpenter to make such a window.

TIA,

Carol

Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo
millworkman

A trim carpenter should be able to build this for you with no trouble and get a piece of pattern 62 or acid etched glass with no issues at a local glass shop.

    Bookmark   February 2, 2013 at 8:20PM
Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo
toddinmn

glass block would be another inexpensive viable option.

    Bookmark   February 2, 2013 at 8:45PM
Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo
ontariomom

Hi millworkman and toddinmn

Thanks for your thoughts. Should we do a double pane of glass for sound blocking if we get the trim carpenter to build as a window? As per glass block, we have tossed arond this idea, but have not seen too many examples of just a few rows of glass block at the top of the wall (our ceilings are 8 feet).

Below you will find the floor plan of the area we are considering, just in case you have anymore ideas. The room I am trying to bring natural light to is the top bathroom (the one with a shower stall). The window in the laundry room has moved to closer to the corner of the room and thus more directly across from the top bath. The lower bath in the picture will have a sun tunnel.

Carol

I hope it is okay to cross post this question on the decorating forum.

    Bookmark   February 3, 2013 at 10:52AM
Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo
millworkman

You could go the IG route, use a pattern or acid etch with laminated in the other pane. It would help but probably only a little bit.

    Bookmark   February 3, 2013 at 10:54AM
Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo
PRO
Windows on Washington

could you IGU or just make your own IGU.

No need for it to be sealed as there is no concern of efficiency. A single piece of glass, of suitable thickness, will block plenty of sounds.

Depending on where it is in the bathroom, look at a laminated option as MWM mentioned.

Lamination and frosted would be all you need. Simple trim work to have a carpenter make a set of stops and you are good to go.

    Bookmark   February 3, 2013 at 12:50PM
Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo
ontariomom

Hi guys,

Thanks for your replies. Please explain to me what you mean by IG and IGU. Also, for laminated do you plexi-glass? Sorry, but you guys lost me.

Carol

    Bookmark   February 3, 2013 at 1:29PM
Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo
millworkman

IG or IGU is insulated glass unit. As windows says you do not need a sealed insulated unit and as no plexiglass in my opinion is not a good choice. Laminated glass is two thinner pieces of glass with PVB (type of plastic film) interlayer between the pieces of glass making a sandwich and being two pieces sound will not transfer through as well as a single piece of glass.

    Bookmark   February 3, 2013 at 2:37PM
Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo
ontariomom

Thank you millworkman for the clarification on terms. Do you think if I skipped the idea of an interior window in exchange for an exterior window in the hall directly across from the smaller, dark bath that would be better? I can put a frosted door on the bath. The proposed exterior window would be 10 feet directly in front of the bath door. I was thinking of a high up rectangle fixed window that might be say 26 inches wide by 15 inches high sort of like a transom, with the same header/space on top as the rest of our house windows? It wouldn't have to be a short window, but a short window would allow us to put a shelf under the window.

TIA for your opinion on this idea. I am determined to have natural light in this bath.

Carol

    Bookmark   February 3, 2013 at 3:37PM
Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo
ontariomom

Here is a slightly more up to date floor plan of the problem area that shows a few other light sources (e.g. the sun tunnel in the larger bath). It also has the laundry room window in the correct location.

    Bookmark   February 3, 2013 at 3:44PM
Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo
toddinmn

Could yo u get any light through the stairwell wall? How did you build the invisable wall?

    Bookmark   February 3, 2013 at 11:27PM
Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo
ontariomom

I do not think we could get light through the stairway wall -- there would have to be an interior window on both sides of staircase. If we did that we would still be around 17 feet until the south windows.

LOL, toddinmn about the invisible wall. That is just marked in to show us how much passage space we need in the great room to get to the staircase (i.e. we could not put furniture here). Just an imaginary hall if you will. It does seem funny with just a section of the floor plan showing.

Carol

    Bookmark   February 4, 2013 at 12:38AM
Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo
toddinmn

The window to the laundry would be inexpensive, the window in the hall would require a bit more work an more expensive window and a new door. You sure seem hell bent on getting some light in that bath.

    Bookmark   February 5, 2013 at 12:00AM
Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo
PRO
Windows on Washington

OntarioMom is one of the thoughtful consumers.

Having discussed this project and others with her, she knows what she wants and will get it the way she wants.

I appreciate a consumer that has a good idea of what they want personally.

    Bookmark   February 5, 2013 at 8:56AM
Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo
ontariomom

Toddinmn, yes I am hell bent on getting some light in this bath if possible (You gave DH a good LOL with that statement). I am playing with your idea of putting the window through the stairwell wall as that would face several south windows!

Washington, thanks for your kind comments. I am a little too thorough for my own good, I'm afraid. I appreciate all the help you have given me with my endless questions.

Carol

    Bookmark   February 5, 2013 at 9:01PM
Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo
toddinmn

WOW, so you agree she's nuts?

    Bookmark   February 6, 2013 at 6:24AM
Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo
PRO
Windows on Washington

Ha Ha!!

Tomato...Tomahtoe.

Carol knows that she is about as detail oriented as possible and makes no bones about it.

We are all nuts in one capacity or another.

    Bookmark   February 6, 2013 at 7:49AM
Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo
ontariomom

Some people are also rude, Toddinmn!

Thanks Washington for your support.

Carol

    Bookmark   February 6, 2013 at 9:54AM
Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo
toddinmn

Did not mean to insult just having a little fun.

    Bookmark   February 6, 2013 at 8:30PM
Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo
ontariomom

Okay toddinmn, I didn't realize you were teasing -- it is hard to read tone in a post so it caught me off guard.

Carol

    Bookmark   February 6, 2013 at 8:50PM
Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo
PRO
Windows on Washington

Carol,

Don't mind Todd.

Todd wouldn't no seriousness if it came up and introduced itself to him.

This post was edited by windowsonwashington on Thu, Feb 7, 13 at 15:55

    Bookmark   February 7, 2013 at 10:18AM
Sign Up to comment
More Discussions
Install expectations?
just had windows installed and before I complain to...
rosebay
please help with choice of replacement window
hello everyone....I need some help deciding on which...
balboa64
Window in a shower?
We are planning a remodel of our second floor master...
numbersjunkie
Replace or Repair?
We are about to purchase a home outside Columbus, OH...
jackrh97
Softlite Elements windows quote reasonable?
We're in MA. We've been quoted $13,300 for installing...
ppurus
© 2015 Houzz Inc. Houzz® The new way to design your home™