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Yazziegirl
Window Above Bath tub/shower
Yazziegirl

Hi,
I'm a newbie here and have a question regarding what to do with this dang double hung window in the shower/tub area. The previous owners went through the trouble of "updating" the bathroom -- tile floor, tiled surround but never replaced the old icky lead-based paint window. We use the shower/tub for showering so it's not conducive in the state it's in. And that's beside the fact of the lead based paint (I did a test for it). Plus it's off-center which I'm sure was done because of the studs.

So we have the tile issue, the window issue and then it's stucco on the exterior. I don't mind a window being there but I do mind the lead-based paint, the possible leaking issues and having to do major reconstruction of the stucco. But something needs to be done. Soon. I've attached a pic of what it currently looks like.

Any suggestions are gratefully welcomed.
P.S. I tried uploading a picture but it wouldn't work. :-(

dj1
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dj1

The best way to load a photo is to use a host, like photobucket, and then give us the link.

However, your post has almost all the information needed.

- If you want a window (recommended) in the center, you will have to reframe the wall, re-do the tile work and the exterior.

- If you are happy with a replacement window (same size), that's a DIY task - BUT you must know what you are doing.

- If you want to eliminate the window - and use a fan, vented to the exterior - you will have to finish the interior and the exterior. Again, you have to know how to do it, so you don't end up with leaks.

From what you are saying, I think you are leaning toward the second option.

A. Spruce
Re: Window Above Bath tub/shower
A. Spruce

This doesn't sound like that big of a deal, really. If you've got tile issues and leaks, then it's time to strip that wall to bare studs anyway, which will expose all the framing and window header. From there you can determine how you want to deal with the window, replace what is there with a vinyl replacement that can withstand being in a shower, or replace it completely with a smaller, higher window that gets it up out of the shower.

With the wall open to the studs, reworking the framing to relocate or resize the window is no big deal. As for the stucco, this isn't really a DIY kind of project, let someone who knows what they're doing handle this for you. As dj1 said, if you remove the window, you'll want to install an exhaust fan, personally, I think that having both a window and a fan is a good idea. Code only requires one or the other, of course, the window must be operable and not fixed.

I would further recommend stripping the other shower walls to bare stud to make sure there is no leaks or problems, this will also allow you to update/replace the shower valve and the shower pan. If the pan is fiberglass and more than 5 to 10 years old, I'd replace it, as the factory finish is thin at best, once it's gone, the substrate begins collecting and holding dirt. Be careful with your demolition that you do not allow any debris to go down the drain, or you'll have some serious problems later.

Mastercarpentry
Re: Window Above Bath tub/shower
Mastercarpentry

Nearly every time I open a wall where a bathtub or shower window is I find rot. If the renovation still looks good then a replacement window solves some of the problems. If it's showing it's age, then gut the bath/ shower area and do it the way you want it. I'd suggest ditching that window and going with a high horizontal 'slot window' for privacy and to stay above the shower spray and splash. If you use vinyl or vinyl-clad for that it will last.

Learn about tiling at the John Bridge forum before doing a re-tile or contracting it out. Much has changed with tile in recent times and the old ways are no longer the best for baths and showers. My Nephew is in that business so I don't advise on tiling much anymore- he knows 5 times what I do about it, and now my phone is my best tiling tool!

Phil

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