Let’s dive right into today’s topic: Installing a window in a shower. Now, I know what you’re thinking – “Windows in showers? Is that even a thing?” Well, hold on to your shower caps, because in today’s post I’m sharing everything you need to know about this exciting renovation project.
Picture yourself standing under a cascading waterfall of sunlight, belting out your favorite tunes while scrubbing away the day’s worries. It’s a poetic notion, no doubt about it. But what all does it require?
When we were renovating the guest/kids’ bathroom at Sunrise Farm, we ripped out the original shower insert and took that part of the bathroom down to the studs. Since the walls were opened up, we had the opportunity to add a window. You know how I feel about natural light; I’ll jump at any opportunity to add a window.
Adding a window to a shower can be a total game-changer for your bathroom. With some placement considerations, privacy measures, and waterproofing solutions you’ll be enjoying natural light in your bathroom in no time.
First and foremost, let’s consider practicality. You’ll need to make sure that your shower is in an area where adding a window is possible. Depending on the layout of your bathroom, this may not be an option for everyone.
During the initial re-design phase of the guest/kids’ bathroom, I was obsessing over giant windows that took up nearly the entire wall above the tub. But when considering practicality, I knew we needed a smaller window. The final dimensions are xXx, and it lets in so much natural light – without sharing too much with our neighbors.
Assuming that your shower is in a spot where you can add a window, the next step is to decide on the type of window you want. You’ll want to choose a window that is designed for use in a bathroom, as these are typically made with materials that can withstand the moisture and humidity that are present in a shower. Rot-free vinyl or fiberglass windows are recommended for showers. All parts of a vinyl or fiberglass window are water-resistant. Casement windows are great in that they can provide additional ventilation.
Also consider privacy. You don’t want to give the neighbors a show. If you’re not a fan of frosted or textured glass for privacy, you can get strategic with window placement, like we did. We installed our window at X inches above the tub, which is the optimal height for us. If anyone did happen to look inside, all they’d see is our heads. If we ever felt like we needed more privacy in the future, installing a privacy window film is always an option.
But what about water damage, you ask? Ah, the million-dollar question. Fear not! Proper installation is key to preventing water damage. Unless you’re an avid DIYer, I’d suggest hiring a professional, since this project involves cutting into the wall and creating a watertight seal around the window.
You’ll also want to use a waterproofing membrane, a pitched sill, and good silicone caulk when installing a window in a shower. Going back to placement considerations, I’d suggest a height that doesn’t get directly hit with water from the shower head.
When it comes to the cost of adding a window to your shower, this will depend on a variety of factors, including the size of the window, the type of window you choose, and the cost of labor in your area. However, on average, you can expect to pay anywhere from $500 to $1,500 for this type of project.
So, to answer our initial question: Can you put a window in a shower? Of course you can! But like any home improvement project, it requires careful planning, consideration, and a dash of creativity. When done right, a shower window can be a beautiful addition to your bathroom, bringing in natural light, fresh air, and a unique touch of character.
Have you ever considered adding a window to your shower? Share your thoughts and shower stories in the comments below. And don’t forget to subscribe for more captivating renovation tales!