adding shower to bathtub with window

Old 08-22-02, 09:37 PM
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adding shower to bathtub with window

I want to convert my bath into a shower. Now there is a window where the inside of the shower will be. What is the best thing to do here? I considered taking out the window, but I would like to keep it if possible. I've heard that glass block windows are sometimes used inside showers. Is there any reason why this might be a better choice? Also, what type of shower surround would work best--a rigid tub surround, or a panel kit? This is 40+ yo cast iron tub.

This project will be part of a complete bathroom renovation, so I want everything to look new. I considered replacing the tub also, but I'm not sure I could get it out of the bathroom since the bathroom is only 5 ft wide (as wide as the tub is long).

Any ideas from any of you pros?
Old 08-23-02, 12:30 AM
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Not a pro, but to remove the bathtub you will have to break it into pieces first. If you chose to do this, then be sure to cover it will a thick cloth (fabric dropcloth) so the pieces don't fly around the room. This works if it a porcelain or fiberglass tub. A steel tub has to be cut into managable pieces.

The shower in our hall bath also has a window. The previous owners tiled around it, plus put what looks like marble or some similar materials around the window to replace the wood.

Good luck, and watch for more posts. Others will more than likely have some great ideas for you.

Old 08-23-02, 05:10 AM
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Traditional glass block would be my choice to replace your existing window. Methods to dress the exterior vary but when you install glass block within an opening such as inside a tub/shower area, make the glass block is flush with the finished edge of the ceramic tile. I have attached a couple of links that might interest you;

Hope this helps!

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