Bathroom With a View

by Rachel Laurendeau on August 29, 2012

I’ve always dreamed of living on a large property with a house overlooking the ocean, forest or rolling hills. I know that if I did, I would want to maximize the views in every room in the house. Including the bathroom. If you are lucky enough to have privacy and good views, why not enjoy them at every possible opportunity?

Whether building a new home or remodeling a bathroom in your existing home as part of a large home improvement project, choosing the right window placement, size and style of window will have a big impact on how you take advantage of the view of the landscape surrounding your home.

• Picture windows don’t have to be strictly for the living room. If your bathroom is spacious enough, why not install a large window?
• Alternatively, you could have floor to ceiling custom replacement windows installed. This would create the least amount of interference with the view and create the perfect picture frame.
• Another option in a large bathroom would be to install French doors leading out onto a terrace. Then, you could even open them up and enjoy the breeze while brushing your teeth!
• While glass blocks would allow natural light to seep into your bathroom, they would completely distort the view. I personally feel that these are best left to urban homes where houses are close together and creating privacy is more important.

Glass Shower Enclosures
If you’ve gone to the trouble and expense to have large windows installed, you will want to take advantage of the view while in the tub or shower. There is nothing more appealing to me than soaking in the bathtub, relaxing and observing nature. It would feel like being on vacation 365 days of the year!

The utmost luxury in custom shower enclosures is installing a frameless shower door and enclosure. A top quality frameless shower will be made of thick glass (3/8” to ½”) and because it is frameless, it will never obstruct your view.

Window Treatments
Although large, dramatic windows provide a great view and lots of natural light, for those of you who are a little shy or who still need a certain amount of privacy due to location, you will want to find window coverings that offer some flexibility. Top down/bottom up blinds are a nice option since they can be lowered down or pulled up to allow for natural light to be let in. California shutters are another nice option for both function and style. Wooden shutters are a nice contrast to white porcelain fixtures, too.

Whatever the view, if you enjoy it, why not create your own (bath)room with a view?

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