Important Considerations When Adding New Windows To Your Bathroom

Written by bprescottFebruary 7, 2012
A bathroom with purple walls and a breezy window

Adding Style and Fresh Air with Windows

A window brings daylight into the room and has the pleasing effect of opening up the space. It's a natural attention getter in a bathroom, whether providing a view of treetops in a second-floor room or a glimpse of a colorful garden from the first-floor powder room. But a window isn't for aesthetics alone; it provides ventilation and fresh air, both key elements for a bathroom.

If you're redesigning your new bathroom around the existing windows, you probably already know how they function and enhance the room. But if you're adding a new window and have never given windows much thought, consider the fact that today you have many choices in styles, sizes, and materials:

  • For ease of opening, choose a side-opening casement window.
  • For a small, dark bathroom, a roof skylight or a tubular skylight finds light from high spaces. How about an acrylic glazed skylight, which disperses light through a room and is energy efficient at the same time?
  • An octagonal, or stop-sign-shaped window, often used in a foyer, works nicely in a bathroom to let daylight inside and add an architectural feature on the interior and exterior of the house.
  • Plant lovers often incorporate their passion for greenery in the bathroom with a greenhouse window, an insulated glass unit with a shelf that extends about 18 inches from the siding. What better place for plants than the moist conditions of a bathroom?
  • Glass and acrylic block has long been a stylish solution for replacing old, rotten wood bathroom windows Today, ready-to-install units make the installation much easier.

When it comes to a bathroom, consider what the window will add to the interior and exterior (what it looks like) and what function it performs. Use your room sketch to determine an approximate window size so that when you're window shopping (not a pun), you'll be able to gauge how it will look. You'll find a selection of windows at window retailers, building suppliers, lumberyards, and home centers. Many such window displays feature windows in room settings, and others simply exhibit the window unit itself.


From ‘Bathroom Remodeling For Dummies’ 
Copyright © 2003 by Wiley Publishing, Inc., Indianapolis, Indiana
Used by arrangement with John Wiley & Sons, Inc.




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