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Windows in showers

posted by: cascadian76 on 09.02.2011 at 06:21 pm in Building a Home Forum

I think I know the answer to this question, but here goes. Would it be a terrible idea to have a window in the shower?

We want some natural light in the "other" bathrooms (the master has plenty without raising this issue), and possibly some natural ventilation sometimes, but the only exterior walls are where the bathtub/showers are. So the question arises, what kind of windows can we put in there?

It's possible to have picture windows *above* the showers, of course, but we'd prefer to have them line up with the other windows from the outside, so hanging them from 6'8" would be preferable. And if the window is 12"-18" tall, the sill would be 5'2" to 5'8", which would be inside the shower.

So, can we do this without asking for water damage? How?

And will this be much more expensive, by preventing us from using prefabricated shower surrounds?

Thanks for your thoughts.


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RE: niche in shower or baskets? (Follow-Up #11)

posted by: positano on 07.01.2012 at 08:41 am in Bathrooms Forum

I put in a niche. I made the bottom shelf short to fit a soap dish and for razors just have a pretty cup to hold them on the shelf above it.
I don't have a picture of it all filled up yet.
Staceyneil was my inspiration for the niche! This holds everything we need for a family of 4(no master bath yet).
From Upstairs and Basement bathrooms


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RE: niche in shower or baskets? (Follow-Up #6)

posted by: flicka001 on 06.29.2012 at 06:26 pm in Bathrooms Forum

I put in a Motiv hotelier basket and soap dish and I am pretty happy with it. I had wanted to do a niche, but because of the fact that my shower is on two outside walls and the only inside wall had a bunch of pipes and the plumbing stack, it really wasn't going to work well.

Be careful about some of the cheaper baskets that mount to the wall with suction cups. I bought one from Target that looked nice, but it rusted very quickly.

One thought ... perhaps a niche for the shampoo and a soap dish basket.

Here is a link that might be useful: Motiv Hotelier Baskets


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Good lighting from sconces with shades at vanity?

posted by: akcorcoran on 03.15.2013 at 10:57 pm in Bathrooms Forum

I had a bad experience finding sconces for my guest bath reno and found that I really didn't get good light for using the mirror from lights that had shades. But, I really prefer that look?

I put Pottery Barn sconces (Sussex tube sconces) in my daughters' bathroom and they provide great light, but might be a bit modern for our master bath look?

Can you get GOOD vanity lighting from sconces with shades? Any tips or suggestions of specific brands?

I've attached the photo of the master vanity - there are individual mirrors above each sink - they are Uttermost 27" x 42" tall with room for sconces on each side of them.

(The vanity will have at least three sconces, once between each mirror. Possibly four - a single, then double, then single depending on the fixture. As for other light, there is a hanging chandelier in the room back by the tub, but I didn't want recessed overhead b/c it provides such shadows on your face.)

I put a link to the ones I like below - the paper shade on it is awful (and doesn't come with it,) but I just want to be sure there is good light in our bathroom!

Your thoughts? Thanks!

Here is a link that might be useful: Visual Comfort Suzanne Kasler quatrefoil sconces I like >>

This post was edited by akcorcoran on Fri, Mar 15, 13 at 22:58


vanity plan with side cabinets
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RE: Good lighting from sconces with shades at vanity? (Follow-Up #1)

posted by: akcorcoran on 03.15.2013 at 11:09 pm in Bathrooms Forum

These are our mirrors - they are 27" wide by 42" tall (we are tall folks! :-)


beautiful mirror
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RE: Good lighting from sconces with shades at vanity? (Follow-Up #2)

posted by: akcorcoran on 03.15.2013 at 11:57 pm in Bathrooms Forum

To complete the imagery, here is my tile - It's New Ravenna Mosaics Studio Line - Del Greco in Cloud Nine marble with a Julius border. And my countertop and tub deck marble (Breccia Oniciata).

(Thinking maybe I should look at satin nickel for the lights too - there is actually some silverleaf in the mirror too, though it's hard to see.)

Thanks for your thoughts!


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RE: flattering light over vanity (Follow-Up #1)

posted by: raehelen on 03.17.2013 at 06:27 pm in Bathrooms Forum

Carol, I am not sure what you mean by light boxes, but the strong trend now is to have sconces or pendants on the side of the mirror. I just finished compiling a word document with lighting tips I've collected. Here is what I've found about the side lights:

Task lighting provides adequate light for daily chores, such as applying makeup and shaving. The best task light at the mirror is a pair of fixtures mounted on the wall, flanking the sink. This is called cross illumination and provides shadow-free lighting for the face. Once task lighting has been addressed, look at other types of lighting that will pull the whole room together.

To eliminate shadows under the chin, eyes, and cheeks, fixtures should be mounted on either side of the vanity mirror (or on the mirror's surface, if it's large), 30 to 40 inches apart. Although side sconces offer ideal lighting conditions for grooming, your walls may not have sufficient space for fixtures to fit next to the mirror. If it's more practical for you to install lights above the mirror, use a fixture with bulbs that face downward; you don't want all your light directed toward the ceiling. To locate the proper height for an above-the-mirror fixture, measure 78 inches up from the floor. The top of the mirror should rest about 3 inches below the bottom of the light.

The center of each fixture should be roughly at eye level, or about 66 (65-70) inches above the floor. This will guarantee even illumination across the face for grooming.
In a 5- by 10-foot bathroom, a total of 300 watts of incandescent lighting, including overhead and vanity fixtures is recommended. Use more wattage in larger bathrooms, but no more than eight watts per square foot.

Hope this helps, Rae


bathroom mirror lighting
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btw (Follow-Up #4)

posted by: treasuretheday on 08.06.2012 at 02:05 pm in Bathrooms Forum

I forgot to mention that I love the tile work in your shower! I hope you'll post more pictures of your room as it comes together.


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curbless shower

posted by: robohome on 02.24.2013 at 04:05 pm in Bathrooms Forum

I'm doing a full renovation of a 4 x 8 foot "Master Bath". Given the small size of the room, I want to do all I can to make it feel bigger. So I plan to do a curbless shower. The shower is 48 x 30. I know that you have all dealt with the problem of the floor thickness and the transition back to the main floor level. I guess I'm trying to avoid it but I've seen a product that I think might work for me.

QuickDrain makes a product called QuickSlope QS30P. It looks like a lighting eggcrate panel with slope to it. It is set in and then filled with thin set. This would give me the slope I need with only a 1/2" + of thickness. Setting a cement board on the rest of the floor would bring the bathroom level and I can easily make a threshold transition at the door. I plan to waterproof the floor and walls with Laticrete Hydroban and then thin set my tile.

I assume that you will think this thin system is asking for trouble, but wanted to hear your thoughts.


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RE: Please Show Me Your Favorite Shower Niche Picture (Follow-Up #18)

posted by: jpinsonjr on 03.17.2009 at 12:23 pm in Bathrooms Forum

Thanks for the kind words. These photo's were taken before we sealed the grout and the colors are muted. Here are a couple more photos's. We have sealed the grout but I haven't taken anymore photo's. The colors really pop after sealing. These photos really don't show the color well. Once we are done, I will post before and after photo's
12 x 12 - Travertine Noce Alpaca
Chair rail - Travertine - we didn't put the chair rail in the shower.
2 x 2 - Scabos - We saw lots of scabos that was more muted.
1 x 1 - Scabos -
Grout - Summer Wheat





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RE: Trying to find the deepest cast iron bathtub for a 60" alcove (Follow-Up #4)

posted by: phylhl on 02.05.2013 at 05:56 pm in Bathrooms Forum

Seriously consider the Kohler Memoirs. It's very pretty and fits in that space, and has nice little details as well.


nice tub
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RE: HELP with online faucet purchase. (Follow-Up #2)

posted by: Sarahwinsome on 07.24.2012 at 01:22 pm in Bathrooms Forum

I got one of our Brizo faucets from and the other from We didn't have a problem with either and saved HUNDREDS from what we were quoted locally for the exact same faucet. (The roman tub faucet was almost $800 in the store vs $150 online!!)


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RE: HELP with online faucet purchase. (Follow-Up #1)

posted by: scrubtech on 07.23.2012 at 07:34 pm in Bathrooms Forum

We just finished remodeling a guest bath as well as our master bathroom. I ordered everything from faucets direct. This includes sinks, toilets, a jacuzzi brand tub, frameless shower door etc. I ordered mostly Kohler products but they have pretty much everything. I would highly recommend them. Everything was delivered to the house in perfect condition. If you do order from them and it is over the phone, ask for Feeny. He gave me great customer support. Oh ya and the prices were the best of any I found online or in the stores.


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RE: Show me your undersink drawers! (Follow-Up #6)

posted by: muskokascp on 02.02.2013 at 12:40 pm in Kitchens Forum

Peke I apologize for taking so long to post the pictures, but here they are. The top drawer is false of course, the second has scoop sides to accommodate the sink and the third drawer has normal straight sides.
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RE: Toto Toilet (Follow-Up #9)

posted by: koert on 11.14.2012 at 03:37 am in Bathrooms Forum

Incidentally, just in case anyone runs into the same challenge, one of the reasons we chose the Soiree model is because Toto offers three different waste pipe offsets (called the UniFit), allowing this toilet to work with waste pipes roughed out either 10", 12", or 14" from the wall. (Most toilets are 12" and the Soiree comes with the 12" UniFit.)

Our 14" UniFit (our house was built in the 1920's) cost an extra $60 but the toilet fits perfectly. I was told that Toto is the only company that actually repositions the entire toilet to account for the rough-out. There are a couple of other brands that work with a 14" rough-out but they do it by merely extending the toilet bowl tank back an extra 2", resulting in the front of the toilet being 2" further forward.

The skirted toilets do have fussier requirements for the water supply line but the Soiree is fairly forgiving, with a big notch at the back of the tank. The photos of the Legato make it look like the supply line is completely concealed within the skirt. That's a nice clean design!


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RE: Toto Toilet (Follow-Up #4)

posted by: GaborSD on 11.06.2012 at 11:49 pm in Bathrooms Forum

Although we put in a Drake II, which is a two piece, it has been a dream. As long as you are at it, I would suggest getting a plastic sleeve instead of the standard wax donut. Per my plumer, the plastic is called for on commercial applications, whereas the wax donut has a service life of 5 years. Now, who thinks about replacing their toillet seal every 5 years. For about $8 bucks on Amazon, it is worth the effort. Just be sure you get the right size; 3 or 4 inch.


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There's no going back (Follow-Up #6)

posted by: herring_maven on 11.17.2012 at 02:49 pm in Bathrooms Forum

enduring: "I have watched the Inax system work on their product video. I see that there is a separate wand for the feminine wash. Does the feminine wand get splashed with the used wash water?"

The same considerations apply as with the posterior washing -- only more so. The feminine wand directs the stream at a shallower angle for a greater horizontal distance, so one might conceptualize that the amount of splashback (if any) would be less.

Incidentally, a major difference between the Toto and the Inax engineering approaches to the posterior cleansing is that the dedicated posterior wand of the Inax directs the stream upward at a 70 degree angle from horizontal, just 20 degrees from vertical, whereas the dual function single wand of the Toto directs the stream upward at a 43 degree angle from horizontal, which is actually two degrees "more horizontal than vertical." The Inax angle makes for more efficient and thorough posterior cleansing than the Toto, but, theoretically, it also increases the possibility of backsplash contamination. I say, "theoretically," because we have never seen any evidence of it in actual use.

"But it worries me about the cross contamination, not only from back to front (female), but person to person."

In two-wand advanced toilet seats, only one wand at a time extends, so you need not be concerned about front to back cross contamination. We have used the facilities at Tokyo Narita Airport, Tokyo Haneda Airport, Kagoshima Airport, Nagasaki Airport, and Sapporo Chitose Airport, all of which are equipped with toilets fitted with advanced toilet seats (mostly, Inax). We also have stayed in public accommodations in Japan where the en suite facilities in the guest rooms included advanced toilet seats. It is very hard to imagine that such facilities would be installed in the first place and, once installed, would continue in use for years, if there were any field evidence of person to person cross contamination.

"Over and over I hear that people love these units and state they don't know how they lived without them :)"

Once you have used an advanced toilet seat for any length of time (say, more than a week or so), there really is no going back. This past summer, we spent four days at a resort here in the United States that had only (brand new) old-fashioned toilet seats, and we felt vaguely dirty during the time we stayed there; we also found ourselves conscious (to a degree that we never had been conscious before) that the other people swimming in the swimming pool with us had not been using advanced toilet seats in their own personal hygiene: that is an ironic unintended consequence of long-time use of an advanced toilet seat.


Inax or toto
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RE: Height of vanity and toilet (Follow-Up #5)

posted by: mydreamhome on 04.04.2012 at 01:21 am in Bathrooms Forum

If you go with cabinet height vanities (36") then definitely comfort height toilets. The standard height toilet looks VERY short when set next to a counter height vanity--you stand there trying to figure out what is wrong with what you're seeing--Is the toilet so low or is the vanity so high?. We didn't realize this until it was too late when we renovated my in-law's house to put it on the market. If we knew then what we know now, we would have done it differently.

If you go with standard height vanities (30" which are not as easy to find anymore) then you can go with either height toilet.

The comfort height toilets are also an excellent idea if you plan to live in the home through your golden years--much easier to sit down and get back up as we age. Believe it or not, it can be the difference between needing assistance (possibly meaning fulltime care in the home or at a nursing facility) and not. DH and I are not very tall--5'9" & 5'4"-- and we have 2 DSs--4' & 6'--and everyone does just fine with the comfort height toilets. The 7yr old's legs still dangle a little, but he's growing--no problems scooting on or off.

Hope this helps!


Keep in mind for la jolla
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