Hi, I just bought an old house which has an old bath tub. I want to
replace it with a shower. The problem is the bathroom is small (5x6)
and the shower head would be 1.5ft from the window. A friend
suggests to replace it with glass blocks. Is there a better way to
still keep the window and prevent it from being damaged by water?
Your suggestions are appreciated.
Well, if you replace the shower head with glass blocks, nothing is going to
be damaged (except someone's reputation I suppose). Seriously, no, a window
and a shower that close are not compatible. The best solution might be to
just close up the window and put in a fan. Or just live with the bathtub
and the window, which is what I would do if I had a 5x6 bathroom.
Actually I'm in the same boat, we just bought 25 acres with a very small
old house that we are going to live in untill a new one is built next
spring. It has a twin of your bath and we are putting in a shower
head among other things. I thought to solve the window problem I would
just get a second shower curtain or a couple of yards of that heavy soft
clear stuff from the fabric dept. at WalMart and sew up some curtains
for the window. Years ago they used to make shower curtain and window
curtain sets for just this problem, but I guess they don't make them
We had an older home which also had a shower/tub unit with a window. We
bought a inexpensive shower curtain and cut it down to size to cover the
window. Never had any problems. In fact we just sold that house and the
inspector thought for sure he was going to find water damage there but
turned up nothing. So I suppose it worked just fine.
On 2 Jul 2003 21:05:28 GMT, email@example.com (First Last)
My parents have a 1950's ranch house with the same problem. The tub
runs the full width of the room against the far wall, which is an
outside wall with a window. They've always had a shower there, but
rarely used it because of the window. (They have a rough-finished
shower stall in the basement for non-tub users.)
Their solution to the window problem was to install a second shower
rod and curtain along the outside wall. It's no different from the
regular shower rod and curtain that protect the room from spray. When
somebody uses that shower, they pull both shower curtains closed.
They built the house from a purchased plan. I think if they had it to
do over again, they'd have changed the plan to remove the window.
Huh. I've got the same sort of set up, and frankly I love it. Several
coats of high quality batroom enamel on the trim and a waterproof cover
on the sill along with a reasonably recent replacement window is keeping
the area nice and solid, and nothing beats a window for ventilation.
I'd say just seal up the edges as though the window was exposed to the
weather and run with it.
Remove the dead poet to e-mail, tho CC'd posts are unwelcome.
Ask me about joining the NRA.
and actually, there are some bathroom hardware companies that offer
oval shower curtain rods that hang from the ceiling and go completely
encircle the tub. they're the companies that specialize in
antique-style bathroom fixtures. you could also probably order one
from a genuine plumbing supply (as opposed to a general hardware
store). Happy hunting.
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