Sunday, January 17, 2016

Window to the World

Our master bathroom is starting to look like a room. Not, you know, a finished room with actual floors and walls. That would just be crazy. But at least a framed-out, enclosed space.

One of the first challenges we faced when designing this bathroom was maintaining light throughout the master suite.  The second floor is cross-shaped, and was entirely open. One of the best things about the room is that this shape lets in light from all four sides. It's really beautiful up there at pretty much any time of day. We were worried about cutting off the natural light from one side when we enclosed the bathroom.

The solution?  A window! We decided to install a window in the dividing wall. I'll frost the glass so you won't be able to see through it, but it will still let light through. We're also going to look for a similar divided-light glass door, which will get the same treatment.

View from the bedroom. A wall with an installed window... and is that a door frame?

View from inside the bathroom-to-be.

We found the vintage window at an architectural salvage place. (Handy tip: this is BY FAR the cheapest way to get cool old windows.) I was hoping for a metal industrial window, but we couldn't find one the right size. I'm planning to paint the muntins and mullions black to mimic the look somewhat. 

Baby steps, but we're getting there. *sings off key* I can seeeee cleaaaaarly now....

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