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Windows in Bathrooms

If you have a window over your bathtub (not unusual by any account), do you really want to step into the bathtub to open or close them?

September 1, 2021
Transom windows in a shower stall
Photo: Courtesy of Housing Design Matters

Windows let in natural light and make a space feel bigger but in a bathroom there’s the privacy thing.

Do you want to have the ability to adjust your blinds each time? How easy is it to access those blinds? If, for example, you have a window over your bathtub (not unusual by any account), do you really want to step into the bathtub to open or close them? Back in the eighties, the solution to this dilemma was simple. Throw in some glass block and call it a day. Talk about dated! I don’t even want to entertain the idea of 1970s frosted glass.

Deryl Patterson, president of Housing Design Matters, writes about size, placement, treatments and other factors to consider, regarding windows in the loo. She offers recommendations, and images, of where to put a window in a bath without a tub, with his and her sinks, with a vanity. She also addresses can you put one near the toilet and what to do if the shower is in the side of the home, and her advice if that space is on the front of the house.

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