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Our solution to the giant window in our shower.

Posted by VictoriaElizabeth (My Page) on
Tue, May 21, 13 at 12:37

I posted our (finally!) finished bathroom a while ago, but never got around to sharing our solution to dealing with the large window in the shower.

As we planned the new bathroom layout, (which involved moving the sink over to the same wall as the toilet,) we tried rearranging the shower location.

But the room is really narrow (the house was built in 1890) and we decided there was no good way to move the tub along the wall to free up the window.

We also considered putting in a smaller window, and moving it well above the shower area. We ended up keeping the large size… something that won’t work for everyone, but if you’re looking for ideas, or trying to come up with your own solution, maybe this will help you figure out what might work for you.

Our old-house's bathroom has a giant window in the shower.  See our DIY solution!

Here is a link that might be useful: Window in shower-- our solution.

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RE: Our solution to the giant window in our shower.

Very nice - lots of older homes have a window in the shower (in case you need a cool breeze while showering or like to flash the neighbors?) and your solution is lovely.

RE: Our solution to the giant window in our shower.

Beautiful! Thanks for sharing!!

RE: Our solution to the giant window in our shower.

Here's the tried and true solution we have used for years with nary a problem:

Replace the existing wood window with a look-alike vinyl replacement window. Get a good one with metal reinforcement, double glazed. Avoid those with exposed steel mechanisms, they will rust. You local window guy can help you choose the right window.

The glass will need to be tempered. Building codes do not allow untempered glass in or even hear a shower, so your current window is illegal -- and dangerous.

Replace the existing wood trim with Azek or equivalent cellular PVC trim.

Run tile up and over the existing sill to butt against the vinyl frame of the replacement window. OR, replace the existing sill with more PVC cellular Azek trim.

Caulk all seams with a good microbe-resistant bath and tile caulk.

In 20 years, we have never had a call back on one of these installations.

Beautiful bathroom, by the way. We are big fans of period-correct remodeling. In fact, it's all we do.

For more on remodeling Victorian houses, follow the link below.

Here is a link that might be useful: Remodeling Victorian Houses

RE: Our solution to the giant window in our shower.

Your advice is very welcome on these forums, however advertising your business is strictly prohibited. To best ingratiate yourself into this community, you'd be well-advised to delete the link to your website.

RE: Our solution to the giant window in our shower.


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